I have been accused of being an optimist. I believe our attitude is
entirely what we choose it be. In the moment of dire circumstances, it may not
feel like we have any choices, but if one starts to make the conscious effort to
debate negative thoughts and find ways to be grateful and look on the positive,
it can affect the way you see the world.
This applies to so much of life, even choosing a spouse. It's funny how
before I was married I was attracted to women who were pretty, intelligent, and
seemed confident. I found such a woman, but also found she was not happy
internally and often moody or depressed. It's funny how that didn't
raise some red flags, because I hadn't been explicitly taught to look for
someone who was already happy with herself and others. Well, of course, this
reared up in marriage and someone who doesn't know how to be happy before
marriage will not be happy in marriage. They will always look for external
reasons for their inner despair,until they learn to look at things differently.
People who are not happy can cause a lot pain and destruction. Now I
know that happiness should be the most important trait in the one you choose to
share your life with you.
I'm surprised to find no mention of any attempt to correlate the results of
the happiness questionnaire with what I would consider a more objective and
"bottom line" indicator of general "happiness". That is, the
suicide rate.I'm sure there are many factors that play a part
in the statistics of either measurement. But, to not include or even mention
the suicide rate as part of some international measure of happiness seems to be
suspiciously inadequate.But, then again, maybe that's just my
less-than-happy, glass-half-empty perspective talking. ;o)
Every thing is contagious. Keep smiling, don't worry be happy.The
feeling of self satisfaction or content, is learned. It's all inside your
"Is the glass half-empty or half-full?"Neither. It is
completely full. The top half is full of air....