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Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

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How do Happy People Do It?

December 12th, 2011 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 31 secs

What makes some people happy regardless?

If you follow the findings (http://bigthink.com/ideas/38312  ,  http://www.economist.com/node/21532247http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/may/06/happiness-gene-long-short-versions ) suggesting that happiness is partly a matter of genetics, then I guess luck best explains how happy people manage to be so cheerful. It’s the same kind of good fortune that decides whether you were born into an encouraging and nurturing family in a place where food and shelter are assured, or you missed out.

But is that it; end of story? Throughout history people born in difficult circumstances have managed to rise about their situation, demonstrating a remarkable degree of contentment in their efforts. Was it simply luck of the draw that made them happy people?  Or is there more to happy people than a chance roll of life’s dice?

What about people who have been dealt a rough hand through traumatic circumstances? There are people many would say have every right to be miserable. Yet they still manage to be happy people regardless. Are their genes generating their contentedness?

If happiness was simply a matter of being cheerful most of the time, perhaps genetics and a good upbringing do explain how happy people can be so upbeat. Yet, true happiness is much more than mood, isn’t it? Being truly happy, unlike cheerfulness, is firmly anchored into meaning and understanding.

If you know why you are doing what you do and you feel a sense of belonging, chances are you are much more likely to be a happy person too. The richer your sense of purpose in life, the more value you experience in living. So it matters less whether you have the latest gadgets and gear, or have achieved pop star fame. Happy people don’t need these things to feel satisfaction. They get it by the work of their own hands and their conscious decisions about who they are and what life is for. So how you think matters enormously in terms of your happiness. Regardless of what has happened so far in your life, if you want to be a happy person, then choice and understanding will more than make up for any lack of luck.

 

 

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