Do you want to be happier? Have you ever thought:
- “I just want to be happy.”
- “How come s/he always looks so happy? How come I can’t be like that?”
- “I’ll be happy as soon as I have a new job/a new partner/a new house/a new outfit?
- “Why can’t I just be happy?”
My guess is yes because most of us desire happiness. And most of us feel like we aren’t as happy as we should be.
If this is you, you are not alone. Most of us desire happiness and feel like we aren’t as happy as we should be.
The pursuit of happiness surrounds us. Americans spend millions of dollars each year searching for happiness. From self-help books to medications to material possessions, it is likely you have purchased something to enhance your happiness.
What you may NOT know is that happiness has been studied and there are evidence-based ways to improve your happiness.
Sounds pretty cool, huh?
So if you want to be happier NOW, keep reading. I’m starting this series with BIG picture happiness hacks.
The 2017 World Happiness Report
The 2017 World Happiness Report was recently published. This extensive report ranks countries on happiness and objectively ascertains determinants of happiness and misery.
What was the happiest country in 2017?
And the least happy?
The Central African Republic.
How does the United States rank?
14th, after countries such as Iceland, Canada, Australia, Israel, and Costa Rica.
What Makes You Happy
For the purpose of this article, I am focusing on happiness in the United States. This is because the majority of my readers are American. If you are interested in happiness information on other countries, please reach out to me and I’d be glad to share.
According to the 2017 World Happiness Report, income, years of education, employment, partnership, and health all contribute heavily to happiness and satisfaction. Another factor that contributed to happiness: being female.
Why Health Matters
Of all the happiness factors, health was the highest contributor.
This research mimics my personal experience as a clinician and practitioner. I have firsthand experience and have witnessed the transformative impact of wellness on individuals, families, and communities.
This is one of the reasons I am incredibly passionate about helping others lead healthier lives and focus so much effort on prevention.
Preventing physical and mental illness IS possible.
Really, this is the unofficial theme of A Better Way Wellness.
How to Improve Your Happiness
This series will take a close look at how health impacts happiness and provide you with real, evidence-based, actionable ways to improve your own health and happiness.
What you need to do in the meantime is take an honest assessment of your happiness and health.
Not sure where to start? Don’t worry! I’ve got you. I’ve put together quizzes that will help you gauge both happiness and health.
What’s Coming Next Week
Next week, we will specifically discuss the impact of mental health on happiness. Part of this will include ways to prevent the most most common mental health disorders. Stay tuned!
Sending you happiness and health,