Why is happiness so important? Why can’t we go about our lives being unhappy? According to the World happiness report that I skimmed through, happiness indeed makes the world a better place to live in: it is beneficial to workplace success because it promotes workplace productivity, creativity and cooperation. Individuals who are happy are more likely to be healthy and will, in turn, be more productive. Also, happier individuals are said to integrate information better, leading to new ideas, creativity and innovation. According to the report, happiness also affects individual behaviour and decision-making, ranging from consumption to savings to risk-taking. Thus, happier individuals may be able to evaluate the implications of decisions better, resulting in greater self-control and appropriate risk taking. It has been found that happier people are likely to save more and consume less. Furthermore, happier people were more optimistic about the future, had higher perceived life expectancies, and were more forward-thinking leading to better decisions for themselves and society. Happier people were also found to be move giving, of their time and money.
If you are suitably convinced that being happy is a better and healthier life choice, go on, go forth and be happy.
– Focus on what you have, not what you don’t have;
– Be in the present, stay connected, allow friendships to grow and thrive;
– Enjoy experiences more than material things, pursue hobbies, get involved in voluntary activities, give of your time and money;
– Strive to be less of a ‘controlling tiger mother’ and allow your kids to make a career out of their passions;
Don’t worry, be happy!