Here is a
fascinating piece of Happiness research something that may change forever how
you view your own happiness. Geneticists agree that our DNA is coded for
happiness. Yes, that's right, we have a "Happy Gene". And some of us are
therefore, more endowed than others!
Our DNA coding is said to be 50% responsible for how happy we are. The good news if you are not very happily endowed, is that the other 50% of our ability to be happy is under our control. By that, I mean, we have a choice in the matter.
Granted it is easier to choose happiness if we wake up feeling rested, we are eager for the day's activities and we are already in a positive mood.
Since that is not always the case, you may need to re-program yourself so you can be agreeable to choosing happiness. Here are tried and true activities that are known to shift people's mood to the positive:
1. Sit in a comfortable position and meditate for a few minutes. Review the days activities and have your thoughts create a positive and successful outcome.
2. Play with your pets, particularly petting your cat or dog is a soothing activity.
3. Sit outdoors and enjoy your garden or stop at a scenic place on your way into work and absorb the beauty.
4. Keep a gratitude journal and write down daily 3 things in your life for which you are grateful.
5. Listen to your favourite or soothing music in the morning.
6. Listen to a motivational tape.
7. Exercise in the morning rather than the evening even if it is for only a few minutes.
8. Eat healthy the body craves vegetables and reacts unfavourably to white sugar and white flour.
9. Ask for a good long hug from a friend or family member.
10. Kiss your honey good bye, wish them a great day and mean all of it!
Happiness is a direction, not a place. *Sydney
Happiness is an inside job. *William Arthur Ward
Happiness is a form of courage. *Holbrook Jackson
Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. *Eleanor Roosevelt
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. *Denis Waitley
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling. *Margaret Lee Runbeck
We canít control the world. We can only (barely) control our own reactions to it. Happiness is largely a choice, not a right or entitlement. *David C. Hill
Real happiness is not of temporary enjoyment, but is so interwoven with the future that it blesses for ever. *James Lendall Basford
Happiness is distraction from the human tragedy. *J.M. Reinoso
We cannot be happy if we expect to live all the time at the highest peak of intensity. Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony. *Thomas Merton
Happiness is a way station between too little and too much. *Channing Pollock 9Mr. Moneypenny)
Happiness is usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults. *Thomas Szasz
Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it. *Don Herold
Happiness is a function of accepting what is. *Werner Erhard
Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. *Norman MacEwan
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. *Denis Waitley
Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness. *Don Marquis
Happiness is the natural flower of duty. *Phillips Brooks
Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind. *Thomas Jefferson
Happiness is the resultant of the relative strengths of positive and negative feelings rather than an absolute amount of one or the other. *Norman Bradburn
Happiness is your dentist telling you it wonít hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill. *Johnny Carson
Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response. *Mildred Barthel
Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world. *Orhan Pamuk
Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration. *Pat Conroy
Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it. *Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. *Aristotle
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of oneís values. *Ayn Rand
Happiness is the experience of loving life. Being happy is being in love with that momentary experience. And love is looking at someone or even something and seeing the absolute best in him/her or it. Love is happiness with what you see. So love and happiness really are the same thingÖjust expressed differently. *Robert McPhillips
Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness. *Robertson Davies
Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination. *Immanuel Kant
Happiness is always the serendipitous result of looking for something else. *Dr. Idel Dreimer
True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. *Helen Keller
Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it. *J. Petit Senn
The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret
of freedom is courage. *Carrie Jones
The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. *William Morris
If you ever start taking things too seriously, just remember that we are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe. *Joe Rogan
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. *Buddha
The secret to happiness is to put the burden of proof on unhappiness. *Robert Brault
The secret of happiness is to find a congenial monotony. *V.S. Pritchett
The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, youíre in control of your life. If you donít, life controls you. *Tony Robbins