I have been doing a lot of thinking about Happiness lately. What is it? Why do some have it some don’t? Does lack of stress equal happiness?
That last question has me hanging a bit. I honestly don’t have an answer for it. Does lack of stress equal happiness?
I googled how to be happy and found a great report called The happy planet index. They have a criteria that judges the most happy country in the planet. Wealth is not the most important factor. In fact I was surprised to see the most of the countries in the top 10 were in fact underdeveloped countries. The first G20 country is Brazil at #9. The #1 country is Costa Rica. Canada is #89 out of 143, United States #114.
This is interesting to me. I know we all know the old adage that money does not buy happiness, but this may be proof.
My conclusion Simplicity. I think Simplicity is the key to happiness. This drive to own the best or to be the first may not be what is causing happiness. I think it causes temporary satisfaction, and that satisfaction can be addictive and mistaken for happiness.
How do we live simpler lives? How to we create a simple happiness? I will explore these ideas.
I don’t have all the answers. Please comment below if you have an idea or comment.