How Happiness Happens

How much do I want to read more? 7/10

A simple book. Easy read. Not much depth so far, but a good reminder. Giving brings more joy than receiving.

1- The Unexpected Door to Joy

The World Health Organization forecasts that by the year 2020 “depression will become the second leading cause of disease worldwide.”

Happiness depends on what you hang in your closet, park in your garage, mount on your trophy wall, deposit in your bank account, experience in your bedroom, wear on your wedding finger, or serve at your dining table.

In a classic study psychologists determined that recent winners of the Illinois State Lottery were no happier than recent accident victims who were consequently disabled. The two groups were asked to “rate the amount of pleasure they got from everyday activities: small but enjoyable things like chatting with a friend, watching TV, eating breakfast, laughing at a joke, or receiving a compliment. When the researchers analyzed their results, they found that the recent accident victims reported gaining more happiness from these everyday pleasures than the lottery winners.

"We think money will bring lots of happiness for a long time, and actually it brings a little happiness for a short time.”

“It is more blessed to give than to receive”
Because when you do, it has a boomerang effect. Happiness happens when we give it away.
This is such great news. You can’t control your genetics. You aren’t in charge of the weather, the traffic, or the occupant of the White House. But you can always increase the number of smiles on our planet.

The New Testament contains more than fifty “one another” statements, practical principles for making happiness happen.

  1. Encourage one another (1 Thess. 5:11).
  2. Bear with one another (Eph. 4:2).
  3. Regard one another as more important (Phil. 2:4). 4. Greet one another (Rom. 16:16).
  4. Pray for one another (James 5:16).
  5. Serve one another (Gal. 5:13).
  6. Accept one another (Rom. 15:7).
  7. Admonish one another (Col. 3:16).
  8. Forgive one another (Eph. 4:32).
  9. Love one another (1 John 3:11).