This morning the New York Times had an interesting article in the Opinions section that stemmed from a Gallup survey dealing with happiness. The Times asked Gallup to come up with a statistical composite for the happiest person in America, based on the characteristics that most closely correlated with happiness in 2010, in part of an effort to measure components of "the good life."
I consider myself a happy person; in fact, it takes a lot to get me down. I only meet a few of the above criteria though, so I guess I don't fit "the norm." I will say that the article made me stop to think about what it is that makes me happy and where my optimistic, generally easy-going nature derives from.
I am happiest when those I love are in a good space - healthy, at peace, and able to cope with the hassles that everyday living can bring.
It makes me happy to brighten someone else's day or help someone in need.
I love a comfortable balance of work and play.
I love to see people being nice to one another and not taking advantage of others, my spirituality.
My sense of well-being originated in large part from my Dad, I believe. He taught us through example and with a smile on his face, even when times were hard. He is 91 today (I think I previously mentioned that!), and has his share of medical ups and downs but, to this day, keeps a smile on his face and joy in his heart. He certainly taught me a work ethic - and I do like to work hard. He was ALWAYS kind and giving to others. And he always let me know in some fashion that he believed in me, appreciated me and thought I could do anything, go anywhere....and he STILL does! Whatta guy!
I hope your Sunday is a happy one! Would love to hear your comments...
BTW - The article also said that, in general, men are happier than women. Interesting!