Lets take a look at happiness from a scientific perspective!
So many things contribute to our happiness (or unhappiness), and what makes you happy can be a lot different from what makes someone else happy. That means that while the data below applies to most people, it may not always apply to you.
I’m a firm believer that in most cases we can choose whether or not to be happy. The infographic below gives some interesting insights into what contributes to happiness. I hope that some of the information it contains can help you take control of your own happiness!
There are a lot of interesting stats in this graphic, but the piece that struck me most was the link between good health and happiness. Despite strong research suggesting that healthy eating and exercise contribute to overall happiness, therapists seem much more likely to prescribe drugs than exercise. About 1/3 treat patients with both, but the gap between exercise (9%) and drugs (38%) speaks volumes.
- How to Take the Perfect Nap – Adequate sleep is strongly correlated with happiness.
- 12 Best Yoga Poses…Ever? – Exercise is a powerful antidepressant.
- 4 Ways to Fight Stress Naturally – When we are stressed, we release a hormone that suppresses serotonin.
- 21 Healthy Habits – Better physical and emotional health are positively correlted with happiness.
What did you think about this graphic? Were there points you agreed or disagreed with? Tell us what makes you happy in the comments!