Day 124 of 365: Blog Challenge 2012

Hello all

Well, yesterday my blog took an entirely different turn to what I expected when I started out.

But then again, that is the beauty of blogging: one never knows where it is going to lead you. As the Australian writer Kathy Lette (who lives in Britain) commented recently: “… I’ve always said that I only write because it’s cheaper than therapy.” Oh, I know how you feel Kathy!

So … seeing I have so much information on this great topic of HAPPINESS, I thought I would share some of it that did not materialise yesterday. I want to give you this piece  that says it all … about Happiness:

“Happiness is a mental state of well-being characterized by positive emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. A variety of biological, psychological, religious, and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources.

Studies have found that things like money, education, or the weather do not affect happiness the way one might expect. There are various habits that have been correlated with happiness. For example, humans seem happiest when they have:

  • Pleasure (tasty foods, warm baths, etc.),
  • Engagement or (the absorption of an enjoyed yet challenging activity)
  • Meaning (a perceived quest or belonging to something bigger)
  • Accomplishments (having realized tangible goals). But … the most important factor for happiness is: 
  • Place: where people live. Country is related to people’s possibility and ability to realize themselves. “

Now the thing to write indelibly on your brain is this:

money, education, or the weather do not affect happiness the way one might expect

Did you take all that in? I hope so. For it is certain HABITS like Pleasure; Engagement; Meaning; Accomplishments and Country that make us happy. (Did you see how far down “accomplishments” comes on the list?)

Yesterday I wrote how I was looking to accomplishments (DOING) to make me feel happy. Instead, one does not put all of ones focus on accomplishments but one places it in the right order and then it is balanced.

 Okay, so now I see where I went wrong! Do any of you remember a program here in Australia (in 2010) on ABC TV called “Making Australia Happy?” This was a very interesting and informative program and there is a website where you can take the test to see how happy you are. I kid you not!

I took the test in 2010 and I did quite well – much to my surprise. Also, there are a lot of ideas here on how to learn to “practice” happiness. Random Acts of Kindness was one thing to do! If you want to take the test go to:



Winnie, just before he begins eating the honey …

I will end my blog today with this saying I read yesterday from a great website called “The Quote Garden”. Of course the quote is taken from Winnie the Pooh!

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think.  Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.  ~A.A. Milne

We all know the thing that “he didn’t know what it was called, it is: “HAPPINESS” and it just goes to show that often times the anticipation of looking forward to something can be better than the real event!  But then again, sometimes, the real event can sneak up and take you by surprise with its delight.

This was how I felt when I saw the stage play Dr. Zhivago with Anthony Warlow, that renowned tenor with the beautiful rich warm voice (Don’t tell my husband, but I can’t get enough of this man … singing that is!) It was breathtaking. Sometimes, happiness catches you by surprise in it’s grandeur: like when you are sitting in the fifth row of the theatre and you can see every emotion on the faces of the cast.

Let me know how you go with your own search for happiness. Remember:

Happiness is a Journey … not a Destination!