Thursday, July 22, 2010
By Gerry Hopman
When you smile at someone, the person will smile back, except perhaps for some of the grouches. You do this with everyone you meet, soon more people will be smiling.
Smiling and laughing are contagious. A research study done at Harvard Medical School, University of California, San Diego, found that happiness spreads amongst people up to to three degrees removed from one another.
What this indicates is if you are happy, your friend and your friend's friend's friend will be happier as a result of the initial happiness you shared.
Realizing that someone is happy makes you 15% more likely to be happy yourself. Research also found that people who have more social connections lead happier lives.
Happiness is influenced by the personalities we are born with and can be nurtured in how we take care of ourselves. in other words, everyone can increase his/her happiness if he/she knows how to look for it, work at it, and take hold of it.
As you become more engaged with other people and activities, the level of joy tends to increase. To increase and maintain happiness in your life - set goals!
The happiest people have clear, concise and purposeful goals. Goals that stem from your own individual desires and interests are the ones to pursue.
It is the pursuit of the goal and not the goal itself that brings about joy and feeds the feelings of independence, self-confidence, accomplishment and happy fulfillment.
Remember! If you lose your zest for laughter - you lose your zest for life.