Happiness is a Skill

Happiness comes from personal improvement, relationships with friends and family, and a sense of being helpful

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What makes us happy?

Something bigger than ourselves

Society tells us that money, status and image bring us happiness, but in fact happiness comes from personal improvement, relationships with friends and family, and a sense of being helpful. We all need something bigger than ourselves to believe in.

Change your brain chemistry

Often we think of happiness as a reward, as something that happens to good people. Or, we think of it as something we deserve and get from the outside. But, in fact, happiness is a skill. It's something we can get more of by intentionally changing our brain chemistry.

Happiness by intention

So, while we inherit a certain relationship with happiness, we can become happier through our intentional actions. Things that elicit happiness are:

  • New Experiences
  • Friends and Family
  • Doing Things that Are Meaningful
  • Appreciation

Peggy O’Mara is an award winning writer and editor. She was the Editor and Publisher of Mothering Magazine for 30 years. Her focus: Family, Health, Justice.

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