Monday, February 18, 2019

The world has reached the lowest level of happiness in ten years


Monday, a Family Day here in Canada, a day off the work. It is 11 am, outside is sunny but cold, around -7 C. I just got up from bed, I was working all night and finally my web application Living On Cash is ready. I deployed application to my server and make it public. Please be free to check it out. It is free.

I feel happy and satisfied.

I am a computer programmer and I like my job very much. I think this is a key for happiness.

I am divorced and I live alone. There is no one I must listen to, there is no one to whom I have to explain myself and report  my activities to.

My daughter is grown up girl and she has her own life. My girlfriend comes once per week and we love each other without too much attachments.

I do yoga almost daily and I feel strong and flexible. I am 54 years old and I don't give a shit for anything else.

The rest of the world is not in this happy mood at all. This morning I read on internet World happiness levels are at their lowest level in over a decade, with the number of people who say they feel stressed and worried rising, according to a survey published on Wednesday February 13, 2019.

"Collectively, the world is more stressed, worried, sad and in pain today than we've ever seen it," the group's managing editor, Mohamed Younis, wrote in a foreword to the study.

Gallup surveyed more than 154,000 people in 146 countries on whether they had felt pain, worry, stress, anger or sadness the previous day. It said the global mood was at its gloomiest since the first such survey in 2006.

Economist Jan-Emmanuel De Neve said it was "disturbing" to see the global mood souring against a backdrop of rising wealth and material progress.

"There is probably a more structural indicator around the increasing wealth not being inclusive enough," said De Neve, an associate professor at the University of Oxford who has written about the link between income and happiness.

You choose whether you are happy or unhappy.

If you’re unhappy with your life right now, I will say that it’s because you’ve chosen to be unhappy. It sounds harsh, but it’s completely true. Pardon me, you are reading my blog, so you're neither homeless nor clinically depressed nor the one who undergone terrible tragedies or abuse in your past. You're normal human being so this applies to you.

I hear you, your life is crap, and of course, you're going to be unhappy. Your job isn’t going well, your relationships aren’t going well, your finances are very bad, you're overweight, your life is a mess.

But listen to this... it’s proven that it’s not the conditions that make you unhappy, but your choice of thoughts, your attitude.

When you're unhappy, you focus on all the bad things in your life. Not only that, but you continually think about how bad things are, you complain, and you ask, “Why me?” You walk on the verge of inaction and eventually depression. You become grumpy and cynic. That, in turn, only made the situation worse. It certainly does not help you.

I am not saying focus on only good things in your life and have positive thoughts. Fuck that. While you have problems at your work and with your relationships and with your finances or health and all that... there is still the opportunity to be content with yourself. How?

Simplify your life

Get out of debt. Be active, have your health under control, even if you are overweight. Be happy, despite your conditions, simply because you chose to be happy. Find satisfaction in what you already have, instead of wishing something else.

Be satisfied with less, with a simpler life, rather than always wanting more, always acquiring more. Examine why you want more, and solve your issues. At the root of wanting more is not being satisfied with what you have. Stop acquiring, start enjoying!


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