Saturday, September 06, 2008

The science of being happy

http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-happy8-2008sep08,0,3855201.story?page=2

After you read through all of the statistical significance, weigh in the double blind studies and calculate the differences between the happiness level of twins...

You begin to realize what millions of simple people around the world already understand without any of this scientific research, which is that happiness is not a destination but a journey.

We cut to the chase of this article posted above from the Los Angeles Times Health section, to give you the following quote:

"In the future, more people will understand the nature of happiness and its process," Baker says. "They will understand that they have to take an active role if they want it."

Happiness is directly related to 'community service' and to giving back without desire or need for acknowledgment. To be happy is to pursue things that are graspable, have benefit to others and give meaning to who we are and why we're placed on this planet.

Although we're pleased that science is catching up with the understanding of the sages, there's also a big part of ourselves and the universe that frankly isn't quantifiable...like enjoying a delicious, healthy meal with friends and family for instance, after preparing that meal over time with a group of loved ones - statistics doesn't know how to chop veggies, nor does math know what it is to feel sitting down at that table reconnecting with people at the heart level.

"It's not what you think, it's not what you feel, it's what you do," says our Executive Producer James Ehrlich. Being happy exists moment by moment and is measured by our positive actions and contributions to our community and world.

posted by hg blogger at 1:03 PM

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