It took scientists to figure this out?

What is wrong with us if scientists have to release studies on how to be happy and stay sane?  Read this article from the UK based Times Online.  In it you will find 5 simple things you can do to protect your well-being.

“People should try to connect with others, to be active, to take notice of their surroundings, to keep learning and to give to their neighbours and communities.”

Steps to happiness

Connect
Developing relationships with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours will enrich your life and bring you support

Be active
Sports, hobbies such as gardening or dancing, or just a daily stroll will make you feel good and maintain mobility and fitness

Be curious
Noting the beauty of everyday moments as well as the unusual and reflecting on them helps you to appreciate what matters to you

Learn
Fixing a bike, learning an instrument, cooking – the challenge and satisfaction brings fun and confidence

Give
Helping friends and strangers links your happiness to a wider community and is very rewarding.

All we have to do now and again is look to our children for answers.  They do these things – they know the basics.  They also have the inability to share most of the time, but that is beside the point.

The wise and learned stumble about trying to build their own happiness and in the end come to the realization that you can’t make yourself happy by wealth, success, power, and fame.  You can only choose to make the right decisions and be happy, and that is typically via the basics of life.  It is foundational.

If I were to add one item to this list as an adult it would have to be: When thinking about a career choice – do what you love to do.  What are you passionate about and interested in?  What talents and desires has God given you?  Go do that.

Let’s not allow scientists and government to try and figure our happiness out for us. 

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