Happiness

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Happiness is important and science has proven that happiness can have an effect on your health.  Happiness correlates to increased life satisfaction, higher energy and improved health.

Some people are happier than others and there’s science to support that as well.  Did you know genetics account for 50% of happiness, life circumstances for 10% and actions for 40%.  Acts of kindness and caring increase happiness and people are happier having their favorite mood than trying something new.

You’ve heard the saying “money can’t buy happiness” well that may not be true.  Research has found that the richer people are, the happier they are; there were ZERO unhappy millionaires in the study.  Don’t worry, if you’re like me and not a millionaire, there are lots of other things that contribute to your happiness.

Happiness correlates to living with others, renting and better health but not the weather (I know lots of farmers who would argue the correlation between happiness and the weather).  Upbeat music and green spaces make people happy.  People are more likely to overeat when they’re happy (or maybe they’re happy because they just over ate their favorite meal).  Slackers are happier at work than their high performing colleagues.

This next finding from the study will shock some of you; people rated intimacy and partying as activities that made them happiest (OK, that’s not shocking, but this next fact will throw some of you off), Facebook came in second to last, only ahead of being sick when people rated what makes them happy!!!

One of the findings of the study is that it is better to give and receive and spending money on others boosts the mood more than spending money on oneself.  Health care workers are lucky because they have the opportunity to give to others every day.  Maybe that’s why health care workers are so happy…

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Operating Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. These are challenging and exciting times in healthcare and my blog will focus on healthcare, raising boys or being raised by boys, and living in mid America.
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