Here is an interesting conversation in a book “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David J. Schwartz.
Our six-year-old son David felt mighty big when he was graduated from Kindergarten. When asked what he plans to be when finishes growing up, “Dad, I want to be a Professor.”
“A Professor? A Professor of what?” Dad asked.
“Well, Dad,” he replied, “I think I want to be a Professor of Happiness.”
That’s a pretty wonderful ambition, don’t you think?
To me, easier said than done. But to you, easier done than said. Action speaks louder 🙂
Happiness is a state of mind, right? It is an inner feeling, and no one could “make you happy or unhappy” unless you agree to have such a feeling…
In this paper on Happiness:
Scitovsky (1992) and Lane (2000) propose that education and leisure time with friends and family will most efficiently increase individual happiness.
Promises of greater happiness in earthly existence were dismissed as overly simplified utopism. The current research on happiness allows empirical tests of this, and has shown that entire nations can become happier with economic growth and its covariates.
How far would people feel happy when they are immersed or engaged in social networks? May be a lot happier, especially if they are engaged with trusted sources of Happiness! “Happiness tended to spread through close relationships like friends, siblings, spouses, and next-door neighbors, and the researchers reported that happiness spread more consistently than unhappiness through the network. Moreover, the structure of the social network appeared to have an impact on happiness, as people who were very central (with many friends and friends of friends) were significantly more likely to be happy than those on the periphery of the network.”
Be a Professor of Happiness and enjoy a Merry Christmas.