Happy and healthy go hand in hand. Happier people are healthier. They live longer, have less chronic disease, become sick less often, and if they do get sick, they get better faster. Being happy is clearly in our best interest, and we do have some control over our own happiness. We control approximately 40 percent of our happiness. Another 50 percent appears to be genetic, and the last 10 percent is situational. Interestingly, the situational piece is quite small. I should know, after dealing with my own cancer diagnosis — one of the worst situations person can find herself in — I learned how to be happier than I was before my diagnosis.
While it’s hard to define happiness precisely, and it is likely different for everyone, for me it is a general sense of contentment and the ability to enjoy myself regardless of what I am doing. This does not mean one should never be sad, frustrated or angry. Even though I have found a way to be happier with cancer than I was before, at times I am still mad, sad and discouraged that it happened to me. In fact, attempting to be happy all the time does the opposite, makes us less happy.
So, how can you be happier? There are many ways, but I would like to share a few of the things that have helped me. Of course, [Read more…] about How to increase your happiness with 3 simple habits