Happiness—”it’s what we all strive to find and keep, even when it’s as elusive as ever. Nobody is jolly and elated all the time, but some individuals are definitely more fulfilled than others. Studies reveal that happiness has little to do with materialistic needs, goods, or wants, or high achievement; it boils down to your outlook on life, the quality of your relationships, and basic amenities like good governance and community resources.
1. Be optimistic
In the 1970s, researchers followed people who’d won the lottery and found that a year afterward, they were no happier than people who didn’t. This hedonic adaptation suggests that we each have a baseline level of happiness. No matter what happens, good or bad, the effect on our happiness is temporary, and we tend to revert to our baseline level. Some people have a higher baseline happiness level than others, and that is due in part to genetics, but it’s also largely influenced by how you think.
- Add up all the little joyful things that happen to you during the day. For example, there was no traffic on the road, you had a very decent and scrumptious breakfast, your friend said something uproariously humorous that made you laugh, you took your dog out for a walk in the park and played with it. All of these matters added together
While many people’s first instinct after hearing a cancer diagnosis is to fight, others choose to forgo the treatments and make the most of their time rather than spending their last months in a stuffy hospital being poked and prodded by doctors and nurses.
Just two days after her husband of 67 years, Leo, passed away in July, this 90-year-old woman from Michigan named Norma was dealing with her own health crisis. Doctors found a large cancerous mass on her uterus, which would require surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Instead of resigning herself to months of brutal treatments, which her five-foot, 101-pound frame would likely not survive, she boldly announced to the doctor that she would be ‘hitting the road’ instead. “We explained to the well-meaning doctor and his student that we live in an RV and that we will be taking her wherever she wants to go,” Norma’s son Tim wrote in a post to Facebook. “He didn’t hesitate to say, “RIGHT ON!” We asked if he thought us irresponsible for this approach. His reply was telling.”
Instead of resigning herself to months of brutal treatments, which her five-foot, 101-pound frame would likely not survive, she boldly announced to the doctor that she would be ‘hitting the road’ instead.
“We explained to the well-meaning doctor and his student that we live in an RV and that we will be taking her wherever she wants to go,” Norma’s son Tim wrote in a post to Facebook. “He didn’t hesitate to say, “RIGHT ON!” We asked if he thought us irresponsible for this approach. His reply was telling.”
“As doctors,” he said, “we see what cancer treatment looks like every day. ICU, nursing homes, awful side effects and honestly, there is no guarantee she will survive the initial surgery to remove the mass. You are doing exactly what I would want to do in this situation. Have a fantastic trip!”
1. I was 34, with few skills, 3 young children, and just finalizing a divorce, when I was discussing what to do with my future. My friend suggested that I return to school, possibly to study my new found passion for geology. My response was, “yeah, but I’ll be 40 by the time I graduate.” Her life changing response; You’ll be 40 anyway.”
Now I am 42, and 3 semesters away from completing my 3rd (and last) degree.
2. “Dоn’t ever make fun of some who speaks brоken English, it means they speak аnother language.”
3. As a teenager I started pouting after a coach yelled at me. He looked at me said “the time to worry is when I quit yelling at you because that means I’ve decided you’re not worth the effort”.
Juravinski Hospital in Ontario recently became a part of the Zachary’s Paws for Healing, which was launched by Donna Jenkins. As per this program, pets can visit seriously ill human beings. Donna first saw her 25 years old nephew named Zachary improving greatly from Hodgkin’s lymphoma when he had dogs around him all the while.
Jenkins said that when Zachary was sick for several weeks and was undergoing a stem cell transplant, all that he wanted to do was see his dog named Chase. Jenkins then managed to sneak in Chase to the ICU and it had an astonishing result on the health of Zachary. However, time was not with Zachary and he realized that he will not make it alive from cancer and made his aunt promise to come up with an organization.
Jenkins said that the moment patients get to see their pets, the vital signs improve drastically and it fights depression. They visits are once a week for roughly an hour and the pets are cleaned before they are brought to the hospital.
1. “Mistakes are a great educator when one is honest enough to admit them and willing to learn from them.” – Alexander Solzhenitsyn
2. “Never let anyone disturb your composure, deter your accomplishment, or destroy your happiness.” – Anonymous
3. “You can only try your best. And if they can’t appreciate that, it’s their fault, not yours.” – Anonymous
4. “Don’t ever let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.” – 10 Things I Hate About You
5. “Do not dwell on the past. Your history cannot be erased, but your future has yet to be written, so make the most of what is going to happen instead of worrying about what you cannot change.”
6. “Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.” – Liz Smith
7. “Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whisky and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind but falling in love and not getting arrested.” – Hunter S. Thompson
8. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
9. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain
10. “I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.” – Oscar Wilde