I watched the documentary happy (that’s the link for the trailer) on my new Nexus 7 (think I’ll get tired of typing that?) and it’s awesome. It talks about the happiest people, the least happy people, and how to be happier.
How to be happier:
- Exercise. Daily. Get your heart rate up.
- Get outside yourself. Volunteer.
- Don’t live in Japan. And don’t work too hard.
- Don’t isolate yourself. Lean on your community. Surround yourself with family.
The two things I’m still thinking about:
- We all have a set point of happiness. We think that if some great thing happens we will take ourselves to the next level of happiness, and we do, but we only do for a short period, and then we go back to our set point. Same goes for unhappiness. We think that if disaster strikes, we will be devastated. We are, but only for a short period, and then we go back to our set point. Increase the set point of your happiness and you insulate yourself from long swings in the positive or negative direction. This is likely why I’m doing better than anticipated from the breakup — I was happy before it happened, and I’m getting back to that place now.
- There is a difference in happiness levels between $5,000 and $50,000, but there is no difference in happiness levels between earning $50,000 and $50,000,000. Get that? Money is important, to get off the streets. But if you think being a multimillionaire will make you happier, you are wrong. This is remarkable to me.
Go on, get happy!