Wouldn’t it be great if life came with an instruction step-by-step guide on how to build happiness in your life? What would your manual look like if you could write it? What does it take to make you happy? It seems one common goal of mankind is to find happiness, as John Lennon once so famously put it: “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
Huffington Science recently published the article How The Brains Of Happy, Successful People Are Wired which outlines how happiness is linked to intelligence, based on new research from Oxford University. The study, which was published online in the journal Nature Neuroscience, concludes people who have greater connectivity in the brain areas associated with high-level cognition are happy and successful people who make positive life choices. But is there really a science to it?
In the post Stop Trying to Be Happy and Start Working Towards Your Ideal Self, author Mark Manson explores the concept that happiness is not something you’re born with, can buy or even achieve, it’s the side effect of working towards your goals and self improvement. In a world so consumed by material needs, validation from others, quick fixes and momentary highs, Manson advises us to stop trying to be happy and just learn to build contentment from becoming the best version of yourself. Check out the fascinating article here.