The pursuit of happiness is as American as apple pie. Not a soul on this earth wants to be miserable. We all want to find containment and satisfaction in our lives, both for goals that are long-term and not.
But what if you were told that happiness is so much more than a positive state of mind, or satisfaction in a life worth living, but that it is in actuality a moral obligation? Because happiness is synonymous with kindness and integrity it cannot be ignored as a circumstantial thing.
Happiness, it turns out, is a joy fuel. The juice we put in our motivational engines to get up in the morning and get on with the day. Here are seven reflective thoughts on the value of pursuing happiness:
- HAPPINESS IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE
The bottom line is that happier people become better people. They spend more time learning and growing. They are more likely to be religious and seek divine guidance in their lives and in their interactions with others. They are more dedicated to nurturing their spiritual selves. The happiest amongst us also tend to be more loving, compassionate, courageous and grateful.
What could you possibly wish to pursue more in this life than a sense of happiness and fulfillment? There’s absolutely nothing else out there to fill us up and spur on those endorphins that make us so naturally high on life itself.
2. HAPPINESS PARENTS ARE GOOD PARENTS
It’s science and not up for debate, parents that are happy are a better influence on their kids. They create a household filled with joy and a stable sense of healthy home life. The inverse of that is that unhappy parents are a downer on the whole household, their negative energy becomes the dominant attitude of the home. Chances are your unhappy parent was relatively more isolated, depressed, angry, self-absorbed and inattentive.
Happy parents, to the contrary, make home life a very different experience with more love, acceptance, patience and forgiveness.
3. HAPPY PEOPLE GIVE MORE
Generosity flows fro ma happy heart. Studies have demonstrated over and over again, that happy people volunteer more, give more to those in need, even hold doors open for others more often than their unhappy friends.
Happy people are more thoughtful, polite and attentive to others needs, picking up verbal and non-verbal cues depressed people miss.
4. HAPPY PEOPLE ARE CONGENIAL PEOPLE TO BE AROUND
Nobody likes a sour puss, we all are naturally drawn to the positive, it lights up a room. Happier people, as already mentioned, are kinder, more compassionate, patient and loving than those experiencing depression.
While studies abound, a little life experience and a dose of common sense is all that’s needed here. Almost everyone knows both happy and unhappy people.
Which are kinder, gentler, more thoughtful and considerate? Which are angrier, more impatient and intolerant? There you have it.
5. HAPPINESS PEOPLE HAVE GREATER LIFE SATISFACTION
When you’re content and full of joy you don't have room in your life to be sour. Happy people are less anxious, less depressed, less stressed, feel better, more optimistic and confident, experience a deeper sense of well-being, have more passion and zest for life, have a stronger sense of meaning and purpose and see the world as essentially a friendly place filled with good people and plenty of opportunity.
Happy people also feel more in charge of their own lives, less acted upon by external forces out of their control. They are less likely to feel like victims to others, God or life. Happy people simply love and enjoy life much more than their gloomier counterparts.
6. HAPPY PEOPLE LIVE LONGER
You’re likely to live longer if you have a purpose for living. Studies have linked increased levels of happiness and well-being to higher longevity rates with fewer incidents of coronary heart disease. Other studies have shown links between happiness and optimism with lower rates of cardiovascular disease, cancer and other age-related degenerative problems.
Happier people are also less stressed out, experience less anxiety or depression, and are more likely to eat healthy and exercise regularly.
7. HAPPY PEOPLE ARE RESILIENT
The old saying says that you can’t keep a good man down, and happiness follows the same set of rules. Not only do happy people experience difficulties and challenges and downright tragedy (it simply is not true that happy people are spared the toughest trials in life), they experience them about as much as unhappy people do. The difference is how happy people deal with and think about and interpret those challenges. When you’re instilled with a national resolve to want to better your bad days, you won’t be tempted to swell on the negative but instead to reflect on the positive and stay determined to move forward.