Happiness today

Today I like to explore the happiness factor a bit more. The core question is, how can we increase happiness? To answer it, we need to dive into work life and private life.

 

Happiness at work

You go to work at 5 of 7 days a week. Well, let’s say technically. You may work at weekends on top or you work part time. Anyway, the point is we spent quite a bit of time in the office. The key question is, does that make us happy or not?

I assume different sociologists and researchers would give us a wide range of studies to consult and conclusions would range from yes all the way to no.

All this research about some office people is not acutally what matters. The true question is, are YOU happy?

Reenactors Journal wrote an article that not only analyses fashion and work but also concludes that the warm cup of coffee makes you happy at work. I think this is very well true but it is not a substitute for what you have to ask yourself. Are you truly happy there?

Free time happiness

How is it about the free time. Two main questions arise here:

  • Can free time happiness compensate for a low level of work satisfaction?
  • How to maximize the happiness?

Let’s start with the fist question. Of yours you can somehow compensate the missing happiness from work. There are people who actually spend lots of many doing that. Imagine massive shopping sprees. Online shopping is booming and especially the fasion industry seems to sky rock. Nothing better than buying some new clothes or accessories to compensate a frustrating work day.

Now, lets be honest. Is this a long term solution? No, no and no agian. It is not at all. We have to make sure that we are balanced and than includes a good work and free time happiness.

The second question doesn’t seem to be easier to answer. How do we actually maximise our happniess. I assume it is not by doubling the online shopping spending.

Luckily we do not need to be scientists to answer the question. Huffington Post provides an insightful article on that topic. It seems like pritty obviouse but apparently often neglected things can do it for us. For example, enough sleep, regular exercise like jogging or yoga.

And in the end it seems to be an individual quest. The article provides some tips but people are very different form each other. So finding out what works best for yourself seems to be the solution.

 

I care what you think. Please levae a comment.

 

 

 

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Order to Survive in Todays World

It seems that today’s world is spinning quicker and quicker and never stopping. Life can be quite stressful, lots of things to remember, many tasks to complete in short time, pressure relationships and so on. I’m sure you got what I mean.

So the big question discussed in this post is, whether order helps us to survive in today’s hectic world.

Order as a survival instinct

I came across order the first times when I was a child. Parents would tell me to arrange my room, clean up my mess, collect my toys which are laying around everywhere. Honestly, I hated these moments.

Nowadays, I know my parents had a valid point. No one should trip on my toys when everything is nicely arranged it is easier to get an overview.

Another time I came across order was when I served in the army. Never before I have seen an order in such a strict way. There was a very specific place for everything. Of course, it had its advantages. By reflex you could grab some personal items without even thinking of where it was stowed. Even more advantageous in the night.

Order in day to day life

We see many examples of order in our day to day life. There are for example classical habits or routines. Like get up, shower, brush teeth, jump into clothes, grab a coffee and then leave home.

At the fence recommends using bags to keep life organized. They even mention that men use bags to keep an overview of their belongings. That is a clear statement if you ask me.

Does it make you happy?

Now comes the question of the questions. Does all this striving for order actually make us happy? Though to answer but I think in general we like order. It allows us to think less, use shortcuts in our brain. And in the end, it makes us certainly happy when we always find our items. Imagine the small wallet always being in a bag (yes, you men too).

Discuss with me. What is in your mind?

 

Free Will and Present’s for Happiness

Yesterday evening – it was not exactly great weather – I spent some time sitting in my chair and thinking. My thoughts went around about happiness. During the day I saw some playing and seemingly happy children.

So, I was wondering what makes people happy. I came up with two ideas:

  • Free will: If children want to play around and they can actually do that, that makes them very happy.
  • Presents: See the sparkle in children’s eyes when receiving a nice present. I guess you know what I mean.

I was then wondering whether those two elements are only applying to children.

Well, I don’t think so.

I imagined what makes myself happy. Is it really free will?

Surely it is. When I don’t have to go to work and can decide what to do, then I’m happy. I’m in charge of my life.

What about presents?

I don’t want to sound too materialistic but honestly, presents make me happy. Someone was thinking of me and went through the hassle of getting me something. Pure happiness.

So for now that’s all. I’ll share some more thoughts with you guys later.