Most people are constantly in search for happiness and a state of tranquility. What is so perfect about happiness is that people spend an enormous amount of time striving to achieve it.  According to Ramona Anderson, people look for happiness in dreams, bars, worship and in other people, however; happiness resides within them.

Mahrishi Yogi said that the purpose of an individual’s life is to explore and expand happiness. Thus, in order to live a happy, meaningful and purposeful life, it is essential to realize the significance of true and everlasting happiness in practical life.

Happiness is characterized by positive emotions, a peaceful mind and satisfaction from life. It is a bio, psycho, social and spiritual state of wellbeing. The immune system of people who stay happy and tension free is better than those who are more prone to stress and anxiety. Moreover, they have high pain tolerance and cope with stressors more effectively. They  experience better health overall.  Evidence indicates that their suicide rate is also much lower compared to depressed and people in despair.

A longitudinal research for seven years was carried out in two American universities. The sample size comprised of 1500 healthy individuals.  The determinants of an individual’s better health and survival as they aged was investigated. After 7 years, findings reveled that those individuals who were more positive in their thinking and experienced a state of mental and emotional well being, are more likely to display fewer signs of aging. Moreover, they were found to be physically stronger and healthier comparatively. It was found that beliefs strongly influences one’s health as it has an impact on body and is involved in maintaining hormonal equilibrium, chemical balance and homeostasis.

Furthermore, people who used to look on the bright side of the life are optimistic in their thinking and thus, are emotionally, mentally and physically strong. They are healthy, productive, creative and rational in their thinking. When one experiences pleasant and positive thinking, he is more likely to feel better, exert more energy and is able to concentrate more efficiently on work. Thus, such people are more likely to enjoy their jobs and earn a higher income as compared to people who are unhappy, lethargic, distracted and are thus less productive.

Happy people also possess the tendency to grab the attention of others, especially when dealing with clients. They convey positive thinking, display confidence, high self esteem and trust and thus have a more convincing power.

The statistics of research conducted by Achor revealed that 25% of an individual’s job performance and productivity is determined by IQ, where as 75% of it depends on optimism, creativity, motivation and social support. Moreover, he also declared that people with positivity in their thinking are more likely to get better work, do better at their jobs and achieve their goals.

Happy people have more of an affinity power and other people are also more inclined to move towards them. Such people are recognized as affectionate, tender and of loving character. They have a strong bond with their friends, family members and are also liked and appreciated by their colleagues. Thus, happiness provides an individual with a wide social support network and it also nurtures the relationships.

Research that is carried out in disciplines of Positive psychology and neuroscience also have found that achievement and high performance revolves around happiness. However, our schema about success is that success leads to happiness, whereas; it has been found that prosperity, success, wealth, health, relationships, contentment and pleasure of life are a byproduct of happiness.

Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Big U Academy, , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Lifestyle Academy. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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