At the Festival of Dangerous Ideas recently held at the Sydney Opera House, Ross Gittins, the economics editor from the Sydney Morning Herald spoke on a topic he called ‘affluenza’. This is also known as affluent anxiety and is a state we all see so much around us; In our quest to improve the quality of our lives we are getting more and more stressed.
An IQ2 debate in Sydney earlier in the year posed the topic ‘The Pursuit of Happiness is Making us Miserable’.
So why is this happiness so elusive and how do we find it without having to spend thousands of dollars?
A recent post from the Mayo clinic in the U.S recently put some simple advice together for helping us to find happiness. The essence of their article was that you can learn to be happy , and that happiness is modifiable and takes practice.
Here are five of their tips for taking the right actions to increase happiness in your life:
The first tip they suggest in practicing happiness is to surround yourself with happy people.
Next is to express gratitude in your life.
Step three is to cultivate optimism
Fourth, is to find a goal or a purpose, and finally
Learn to live in the moment