How To Find Happiness

"It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit." Denis Waitley

Happiness Is A Gingerbread Man

‘Run, run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man.’ It’s a paradoxical truth that pursuing happiness always results in not achieving it. As soon as you set your sights on it, it begins to move away and chasing it just makes it go faster. If someone chased you, you’d run, too!

Science Fact & Fiction

What is happiness, anyway? Is it the, often momentary, emotional surge we feel when life pleases us? Is happiness a deeply seated sense of connectedness and wellbeing?

Only you can decide what it is for you. Scientists have defined these two states as

“hedonic happiness – the happiness that comes from pleasure or goal fulfillment”

“eudaimonic happiness – the happiness that comes from meaningful pursuits”

According to the Greater Good Science Center, “a recent study by Steven Cole of the UCLA School of Medicine, and Barbara Fredrickson of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, found that people who reported more eudaimonic happiness had stronger immune system function than those who reported more hedonic happiness, suggesting that a life of meaning may be better for our health than a life seeking pleasure.”

The study revealed some very good news about the effects of eudaimonic happiness, “including less reactivity to stress, less insulin resistance (which means less chance of developing diabetes), higher HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels, better sleep, and brain activity patterns that have been linked to decreased levels of depression.”

Gotta Get Some

So if chasing it and pursuing a life of self-indulgence (however, well-intentioned) won’t lead to happiness, what will?

The good news is that a combination of these two ways of being leads to the ultimate success in happiness. Engaging in activities that create a greater sense of connection to the natural world and to your community (whatever its size) bring significant neurochemical and sensory benefits that actually generate feelings of happiness. And, as noted above, a host of wonderful health benefits, all of which make you feel happier.


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