Attention all: The key to absolute happiness has been uncovered and — surprise! — it’s on the internet (sort of). No, the key cannot be found on social media, nor will you discover it while spiraling down a rabbit hole of YouTube streams. The answer to how to live a happier life, and what happiness truly means, can be found in Happify’s aesthetically pleasing and incredibly cohesive chart called “The Science of Happiness.” Pretty straightforward, don’t you think?
Before diving into the actual guide, allow me to introduce you to the quirky app aiming to improve the lives of others through science-based gaming and activities. Happify’s mission is to strengthen people’s happiness and reduce any stressful/negative mojo they may be experiencing through an interactive, 21st-century approach. You can download the app to your smartphone and choose from a variety of different games that help to improve your mood. To them, happiness isn’t just something you feel, it’s something you do, something you have, and something we’re all capable of experiencing every single day.
First, “The Science of Happiness” chart breaks down what happiness is, and what it’s not.
On a larger scale, happiness is subjective. For example, I love to read and write; I get a delicious sense of satisfaction when I learn new vocabulary or finish a good book. My husband, on the other hand, finds pleasure programming code for hours at a time — different strokes for different folks, right? But Happify points out that true happiness isn’t just found in hobbies; it’s also about how satisfied you are with life in general, and how good you feel on a daily basis.
It turns out, according to Happify’s infographic, 50 percent of your happiness is actually biologically determined, while 40 percent “is controlled by your thoughts, actions, and behaviors,” and only 10 percent is a result of circumstance. In other words, spilling coffee on yourself sucks, but it’s how you perceive it and choose to approach the situation that will determine your mood for the rest of the day. You can choose to have a fit and sulk for the next eight hours, or you can dab the stain with a napkin and shrug it off.
Happiness isn’t a tangible thing; it’s not a kind of necklace you can string around your neck as a sign of immunity from negative thoughts and people, and it’s not a plastic card with an unlimited line of credit endowed to your name. Happiness is a state of contentment — a skill that, Happify reminds us, can improve “with consistent practice.”
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