"What if happiness is more than simply the absence of sadness?" asked Martin Seligman in the late nineties. And psychology as we knew it, changed forever.
I'm sure we've all said it. "When X, I'll be happier" and the X could represent everything from a different weight, relationship, bank balance or residential location. And much as we'd like to truly believe this, we cannot deny that this thinking simply perpetuates longer cycles of unhappiness and dissatisfaction.
Science tells us the following:
Happiness doesn't come from genetics luck or chance.
Happiness has a LOT less to do with circumstances than we think it does.
It isn't the result of some big, out of reach event or attainment
Happiness is created by simple, easy things we do, every day
Unhappiness is created by NOT doing those things
(List taken from The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen)
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