Everyone these days seem to be seeking for more happiness, at least in America. However, some individuals quietly possess the ability to remain steadily at the level of contentment that happiness is what you can generate from what you have. In other words being sufficient. Are you chasing happiness? Why? I want to give you some pointers that I have found interesting in my search for some common sense on the subject of happiness.
Those individuals who seem to be chasing happiness are often the ones who have been privileged throughout their life. You might use the word spoiled.
In America, we have a mountain of opportunity readily available. Very often, we have too much, too soon. This concept is that a lot of us have the ability to “buy” what we want or did before the economic breakdown. Of course, the latter is not the only root of evil. One’s judgment and ability to value what one has is very crucial for happiness.
It starts during childhood, as some parents seem to think their children deserve to be spoiled and there is no financial discipline. Life changes in adulthood and one must adjust to having what they are capable of providing for themselves.
The point here is, the more you have, very often the more you want. Once a person becomes attached to “things” or a specific way of life, it is very hard to adjust to another normal. This in turn produces individuals who are unhappy because they do not have what they want, which by any means would not constitute authentic happiness. We are often not happy with what we have, therefore how in the world can a person be happy with more.
Other countries have fewer opportunities than America does, and they appear to be happier and seek less and it seems they accept their life as being sufficient.
Denmark ranked as the world’s happiest country in a national survey for 2016, which is reported by the New York Times. Switzerland was second and Iceland third. America was number thirteen. We could say, not so bad, but not that good being the richest country in the world (supposedly). You can read this article here.
The reason for Denmark’s status:
- They work 37 hours a week.
- They have five weeks of holidays a year.
- The latter gives leisure time for the Danish culture and often this time in a number of methods. Time is used for social get to gathers, taking a course, and sports, to name a few.
- They ride bicycles, and have public transportation.
- They work, take the bike or the public transportation home, gather the children from the daycare, and go home for a family dinner. This is key factor for happiness for most families.
Other factors are included in the Denmark survey (some of which is included above), that America cannot report as having which include higher safety level and they trust the government. However, America is a place where you can have whatever you are willing to work hard for and maintain. The Danes are not lazy people either because both men and women have careers.
In America, many individuals are in a family of one person who is responsible for meeting the financial needs. This can be a strain for some families financially, while it does seem to be a choice for many. The mom or dad stays home with the children. This is one important feature in our country. These individuals have sacrificed, and make themselves happy with what they possess for the sake of their children.
We in America are chasing happiness, instead of accepting what we have sufficient, enough, adequate, and great blessings. We should be adjusting our wants to our needs, and being blissfully happy.
Are you chasing happiness or do you just need to adjust your mindset to the fact that you have enough of things? Things do not bring happiness, money cannot buy it, and only you must realize that happiness is in your life waiting to be acknowledged.