What makes you happy?
This is a simple question that has always been a tough one for mankind to resolve effectively.
I have found that once I met a certain minimum lifestyle for myself, additional income or materials goods don’t make me happier. What makes me happier is spending time with people, accomplishing goals, and personal freedom.
Here is some data on what makes people happy:
- As people age, they become happier
- Bacteria in your gut can make you happier if they are healthy
- Long term married couples are more stable and happier. People who don’t get married have a gradual decline in happiness.
- Bad news for me: ambition leads to less happiness and health, generally because success comes at the expense of deep social networks, exercise, stable relationships and other healthy behavior.