Happiness has various definitions and it is worth understanding what a few of them are.
‘What I experience here and now’
“the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile”
‘the greatest gift that I possess’
Happiness is also:
• An early morning walk as the sun comes up
• A heartfelt hug
• Unconditional love from your family
• Support from your friends
• Giving unconditional love
• ‘Enough’ money
• A warm bath
• A cuddle with the cat
• Achieving a specific goal
• My teenage son’s favourite: a full fridge!
• The middle of a rave
• Singing in a choir
• Meaningful work
• Holding hands
How to boost one’s happiness? The above list forms a good example. Writing down a few of the things that make us happy as an every day ritual is an activity, which definitely boosts our mood and our energy levels. That’s why we need to make it a lifelong habit.
What else makes us happy?
1. Social connections are good for us, loneliness kills.
People who are more socially connected to family, friends and community are happier, they’re physically healthier, and they live longer than people who are less connected. People who are more isolated, tend to be less happy and their health declines earlier.
2. Quality relationships that count.
It’s not a numbers game, or whether or not you’re in a committed relationship, but the quality of those relationships that really counts. Staying in high conflict marriages are potentially worse than getting divorced, and living with good, warm relationships is protective.
3. Good relationships also protect our brains.
Research has also indicated that being in a securely attached relationship to another person in your 80s, is protective. People who are in relationships where they feel they can count on the other person in times of need, tend to have memories that stay sharper and longer.
In other words, as scientists claim, a good life is founded on good relationships, however other major factors, such as genetics, life circumstances, and various activities, exert on your happiness.
It is important to understand the extent to which we can influence our own happiness. Many researchers agree that most of us have significant ability to change our experience of happiness. Complete App is a good start to positively influence our own happiness by introducing ourselves to the energy management. That helps people discover what brings them positive energy.
Energy is our number one resource and this is directly linked to happiness in that positive energy allows happiness to be more easily experienced. It’s called the E-Bank or energy bank and is very simple and intuitive to use. The E-bank skill helps our understanding of where energy comes from and where it goes, enabling us to focus more on what energises us and less on what drains us.
This is really a simple and unique exercise, which will boost our happiness levels immediately, literally changing our lives!