That was said by a buddhist monk considered the happiest man in the world after studies were conducted on his brain that showed the highest level ever seen in the area of positive emotions.
According to science, happiness is achieved by three different means:
50% is genetic
10% is circumstantial
40% is a skill that we need to cultivate
So how can we practise this skill and cultivate happiness?
There are two things that don’t bring happiness according to the studies: money and physical beauty. However, our security needs (food, shelter, safety) need to met. After that, money doesn’t really add to happiness.
Another important point is that human being adapt to changes. Therefore, changes such as getting married, a better job, beautiful housing and winning the lottery only bring temporary happiness. It is proved that after less than one year, lottery winners go back to their earlier levels of happiness. It also works the other way around. When something bad happens, it doesn’t take long for the happiness levels to return to normal.
What else has science learned about happiness or SWB (subjective well-being)?
All in all, there are many things that are still uncertain about happiness. But one thing is certain: there’s not only one way to achieve it and a variety of factors play a part in it.
- Whether we are happy or not depends on our attitude; compassion, for instance, leads to a calmer mind. (philosiblog.com)
- Happiness and Things I Learned From Buddhism (happiness-box.com)
- Happiness Is A Choice (happiness-box.com)