26 Jun Secrets to finding happiness in life
Secrets to finding happiness in life
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Last week I watched several of the television specials about the life of Tim Russert, moderator of Meet the Press. While he was acknowledged to be a great journalist, everyone also mentioned his attitude toward life and his constant smile. Most of the stories which were told were not about his interviews with famous people, but about his concern for and interest in other people and his positive attitude.
Contrary to the belief that happiness depends on having great wealth, researchers have identified several core factors in a happy life. The primary components are number of friends, closeness of friends, closeness of family and relationships with coworkers and neighbors. Together, these factors explain about 70 percent of personal happiness. Dr. David Niven, a psychologist and social scientist, has written about the secrets to happiness in the book, The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People.
Dr. Niven says that ‘studies have shown that one of the best predictors of happiness is whether a person considers his or her life to have a purpose. Without a clearly defined purpose that people come up with themselves, they’re likely to feel unsatisfied with their lives.” Dr. Niven offers the following suggestions for finding happiness.
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