Sunday, August 17, 2014

It's All About Happiness!

You can be Happy right now and for every moment
to come for the rest of your life.

Being Happy is the most powerful skill you can learn.

Happiness empowers greater insight in each of us
to further a collective vision of world peace.

Unconditional Happiness spreads incorruptible

Love, and brings authentic freedom to all of creation
sharing this beautiful planet.

It is all up to you. Happiness becomes you!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Happiness By The Numbers

  • Americans consider happiness more important to them than money, moral goodness, and even going to Heaven
  • Americans are, on average, only 69 percent happy.
  • The world population is, on average, less than 65 percent happy.
  • At any given time, one forth of Americans are mildly depressed
  • 14 percent of the nations on Earth are less than 50 percent happy.
  • Happiness Increase Experiments published in peer review journal have empirically demonstrated that individuals can be trained to be 25 percent happier through various training programs in from two to ten weeks.
  • All demographic variables combined, including age, sex, income, race, and education, are responsible for only 15 percent of the difference in happiness levels between individuals.
  • American Children feel happy 52 percent of the time, neutral 29 percent of the time, and unhappy 19 percent of the time.
  • Americans' personal income has increased more than 2 1/2 times over the last 50 years, but their happiness level has remained the same.
  • Americans earning more that $10 million annually are only slightly happier than average Americans.
  • World's Happiest Countries:
  •  1. Nigeria
  •  2. Mexico
  •  3. Venezuela
  •  4. El Salvador
  •  5. Puerto Rico
  •  (U.S. ranks 16th)
  • Countries with Highest Levels of Subjective Well-Being:
  •  1. Puerto Rico
  •  2. Mexico
  •  3. Denmark
  •  4. Columbia
  •  5. Ireland 
    Wow! There is more! But that is eye opening in itself.

    Struggling to be Happy.

    "The 'decision to be happy' is actually the decision to stop being happy"-Barry Neil Kaufman
    We are born and we crave nurturing. We leave the womb of protection and realize we are in a very hostile environment. We conform and adapt to the environment. But at our essence we want and crave the security of love and the mothers womb. The warmth of that blanket. Cuddling and holding. Joy is what we crave. it is the same sensation. Happiness is what we search for. It is the same stimuli. As we mature in life we look for that or a close replacement. A replacement can mean a stimuli that can mimic the feeling. Drugs, sex, alcohol, anger, violence, addictions.....anything to feel at peace to quiet the voices. We are so reliant on a pacifier. We need that support. Instead of looking within we look outside. We have all the tools to cure this need and craving. It is a choice.

    You can tell me how hard it is and describe all your problems and worries. At its core it is a choice. Change the perception you were taught to have of your life. trying to not feel the pain is not a way to be happy. Facing the pain, dealing with it and accepting it as a part of our journey. Making a choice to continue on being appreciative and happy. We have a decision daily that is given. We make the decision for ourselves. To be or not. To feel or not.

    I personally struggle with this decision everyday. Everyday I have to focus and dig deep with myself to overcome years of anxiety, depression and worry. I was always very insecure about who I was and how others perceive me. I struggled as a young person looking at life as a good thing. I looked at life as a horrible joke being played on us and why do we have to go through these rituals. grow up, go to school, work, make money, lose money, get married, get goes on. Disappointment. Heartache.  Everyday we have to fight for what we are. It is work. The end result is always worth the struggle. Happiness.