Happiness: Mere Happenstance or Deliberate Choice?

Happiness is found in the rub of the here and now….this minute, this hour, this day.

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happiness“We cannot choose to be born, and we cannot opt out of death. Birth and death are constants for all people. But we can choose how to live.” David D. Ireland, PH. D.

In his book, “Secrets of a Satisfying Life,” Dr. David D. Ireland looks closely at statistical evidence that reveals the lifestyle choices of those individuals who consider themselves very happy.

Bottom line: the happiest people are those who help others.

In the wake of “happy” people, researchers have discovered similar characteristics shared by those who demonstrate consistent satisfaction with their lives. Included is the essential quality of developing a realistic perspective on life. The way in which life is seen and interpreted makes all the difference, so one must continually reevaluate personal perspective to ensure accuracy. While good/bad experiences/events happen to everyone, it is those who learn mastery in achieving a healthy perspective who live most “happily.”

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