Apparently human happiness has hit a road block. For years it was believed that increasing prosperity would lead to happiness. Now people know this is not true. Every year people report to be less and less happy and yet we are more affluent and prosperous than ever.
I was recently a motivational speaker for a healthcare executives retreat, where the other motivational speaker was giving a motivational speech on the science of happiness.
The motivational speaker presented powerpoint slides revealing statistics that suggest that wealthy people are more likely to be depressed and anxious.
The revolution in happiness must come at a deeper personal level and can't be delivered like a pill, a product or anything that money can buy.
The guest speaker suggested that when it comes to happiness, focused practice changes the brain. Practicing happiness exercises changes your brain, but it takes longer than we think. It takes about 3 months for the skills to take hold. Yet, this practiced discipline is worth it when you consider how it would enhance your life and others.
It takes conscious sustained effort to be happy but once you learn it, you can naturally incorporate it.
Most people operate in vague discontent. Everyone wants to be happy but most people don't know how to do it and if you attack it too directly it slips away.
Concrete happiness methods and skills can increase your happiness quotient. the guest speakers concrete advise was to stop yourself in the middle of a negative thought and replace it with a positive thought.