It is an old proverb that states, “Money Can’t Buy Happiness”. Scientific study verifies the truth of the proverb. We all have an
emotional set point for happiness and more more money does not significantly raise it.
Lets face it, if Bill Gates was 50 billion times happier than the average American, his head would explode!
The real problem is that few people maximize their ability be happy. In other words, most of us are emotional underachievers. If more money and things, won’t make you happy what will?
Should you be on the way to being a grumpy old man, here are three habits that you can practice daily, that will improve both your health and your level of happiness:
1. Express Gratitude
Giving thanks for all that you have instead of complaining about what you don’t have. Gratitude has been found to be one of the most important factors in long-term happiness.
If you’ve ever wondered why Warren Buffet is always smiling, it’s not the amount of money he has (though it doesn’t hurt) it’s because in interview after interview he states how thankful he is to have been born in the United States during this period in history.
Can’t think of anything to be grateful about? Go to Global Rich List and follow the instructions.
2. Practice Positivity
Optimists enjoy living, and so they tend to live longer. In one study pessimists who continually complained about their lives, shortened it by several years. Just as important as how long you live, is HOW you live. Positive people have more friends (Who wants to hang out with a grouch?) and are healthier and more socially active.
The term ‘Runner’s High‘ is well-known and well documented. Endorphins released by the brain during vigorous activity causes a sense of well-being. Runners are not the only people who can experience this ‘high’. Science is beginning to show that any regular physical activity such as walking, biking, dancing, swimming, gardening or strength training (reaching for remote does not count) can improve your mood. Make sure to pick an activity that you ENJOY and get started.
The effects of these habits are life-changing over the long-term but you can reap the rewards of a better mood as soon as you get started.
Contrary to popular belief the midlife man does not have to become a grumpy old man if he can grow these habits for happiness.
What are your thoughts? How do you keep yourself happy?