Want to be happier? Pay Attention.
According to the article, “Whatever people were doing, whether it was having sex or reading or shopping, they tended to be happier if they focused on the activity instead of thinking about something else. In fact, whether and where their minds wandered was a better predictor of happiness than what they were doing.”
Teens Are the Happiest People in Canada
According to new data from Statistics Canada, teens are the happiest people in Canada. And they’re getting happier.
In fact, 96 per cent of Canadians aged 12 to 19 reported they were highly satisfied with life in 2009. That’s compared to 94 per cent of teens who reported either being satisfied or very satisfied with their lives in 2008. Each year the Canadian Community Health Survey asks Canadians to rank their life satisfaction, and the data shows that teens are getting more satisfied every year.
Happiness levels are not predetermined. Genes and early life experience don’t set a limit on a person’s happiness.
The idea that happiness is a genetic trait influenced by early life experiences has been challenged by new research from Germany.
It found feelings of happiness and well-being respond to external factors such as healthy lifestyle, religion and working hours.