Happiness is a major problem. There are many self-help gurus that purport to have the answers in raising an individual's level of happiness but the data show that no significant improvement has been made in the last 30 years. It has been said by many people that when they reach their goals on achieving success they will then become happy. But according to the article, happiness buys success, people have it backwards. In 225 studies involving more than 275,000 people the evidence was clear chronically happy people were more likely to be successful. The scientists concluded that the people's success was a consequence of their happiness.

The world renowned University of California professor of psychology Sonja Lyubomirsky has done her fair share in the study of happiness. She has even written the book called the how of happiness. In it she talks about the steps that can be taken to increase happiness. Definitely worth the read for people that are not feeling particularly joyous in this day and age.

Abraham Lincoln once said "people are as happy as they decide to be". Many unhappy people believe that happy people are happy because they had easy lives. The truth is they are happy because they choose to be, happiness is a choice. We cannot control what happens to us but we can control what we choose to believe about events. A customer in a bank that is among 100 other customers and is shot in the shoulder by a armed robber can choose to think of himself as a very unlucky person because what are the odds that he would be shot out of 100 people? He can choose to look at it from a different perspective, at least the bullet didn't enter his heart or some other vital organ. We make our own happiness.

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