Internet How To: Find Happiness

For all our talk about wanting to be happy, we humans don’t seem to be very good at it. Not to worry! Your trusty friend the Internet is here to help…

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits breaks it into three key factors: good relationships, positive thinking, and flow.  He also denounces materialism and advocates the usual hippie stuff.

wikiHow has eight reasonable tips: be optimistic, follow your gut, make enough money to meet your basic needs, stay close to friends and family, find happiness in the job you have now, smile, forgive, and make friends who share your interests or faith.

Sociologists tell us happy people read and socialize; unhappy people watch more TV.

Buddhists know that whatever joys or problems we experience in life come entirely from our minds.

Take the Happiness Quiz to find out how happy you are and get focused advice.

I’ll leave you with a couple of quotes and an infographic that sums it up simply and beautifully:

I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness.  A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to having it done to them.  And work which one hopes may be of some use.  Then rest, nature, books, music, and love for one’s neighbor.  Such is my idea of happiness.  And then, you for a mate, and children perhaps.
Leo Tolstoy

Happiness only real when shared.
Christopher McCandless

Now go out there and get that happiness!

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