Because I’m Happy~Posted: May 13, 2016
dievca is thinking about Happiness and what it means to be Happy. she ran into a quiz about Happiness and two questions stood out:
1. Not letting yourself be sad is one of the keys to long-term happiness.
True or False?
- YOUR ANSWER: False
Having a positive outlook doesn’t mean you never allow yourself to feel sad. “Happiness is not the absence of sadness,” says David Spiegel, MD, medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. It is not a stiff upper lip or the pop psychology mantra, intoning “always stay upbeat” no matter what. “Phony happiness is not good.” By suppressing sadness, you suppress other, more positive emotions, as well, he says. So people who try to suppress emotions actually become more anxious and depressed.
Can’t have a Rainbow unless you have some rain…
Hedonophobia, hedonism, and hedonist all come from the Greek word hedone , which means pleasure or delight. “Hedonism” is a philosophy that emphasizes pleasure as the main aim of life, and a “hedonist” is a pleasure-seeker.
2. What does more to boost your own sense of happiness?
Gratitude or Pleasure?
- YOUR ANSWER: Gratitude
Sure, pleasure is great and you need plenty of it, though there is more to happiness than racking up pleasurable experiences. Psychologists studying the effects of positive emotions say gratitude can boost our sense of happiness if we turn it into a conscious and regular practice. Feeling gratitude, they say, is something you do (such as expressing gratitude or keeping a gratitude journal), not something you wait for!
And we all know that money can’t buy you love….nor happiness. (OK, OK — money, it can make your Life easier, but do you really want to sit around an eat bonbons?)
dievca is happy and grateful just seeing Master in His grey Aviator Nation Smiley Tee. It’s a stretch for Him to wear it, but He does…for His dievca.
Or she’ll just listen to this Mashup…
A Web MD quiz and a conversation with Master inspired the post. Thank you. XO