News on happiness

Research on the development of happiness according to age

Do we get happier the older we get and what are the reasons for it?

“It’s a very encouraging fact that we can expect to be happier in our early 80s than we were in our 20s.” Andrew J. Oswald, a professor of psychology at Warwick Business School in England

Researchers conducted a telephone survey in 2008 and there is a new study based on this survey published.

Arthur A. Stone, lead author of the study says: “It could be that there are environmental changes, or it could be psychological changes about the way we view the world, or it could even be biological — for example brain chemistry or endocrine changes.”

Link to the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/01/health/research/01happy.html

Study: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/05/04/1003744107.abstract

UK starts to think about the value of happiness

A group of MPs has urged David Cameron’s Government to release national happiness statistics.

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breaking-news/offbeat/mps-call-for-happiness-statistics-14833126.html#ixzz0qF31BxFo

South-Africa: Soccer makes people happier than having a higher education?

Comparing pre and post-tournament happiness levels, the authors of the book Soccernomics said: “… the average person gains twice as much happiness from hosting a soccer tournament as from having higher education.”

http://www.timeslive.co.za/lifestyle/article490768.ece/Sipping-from-the-Cup-of-happiness

HappyFood – Eat what makes you happy!

Food can boost your happiness!

Food stimulates your hormones and is responsible for your mood!

If we look at happiness from a scientific viewpoint we could define happiness in terms of hormones. That means: How you see and judge the world around you depends on your hormones!

“Let food be your medicine.” Hippocrates

There are four main neurochemicals affecting our happiness.  They are: Serotonin, Epinephrine, Dopamine, and Endorphin. But they not only affect our moods as research by scientists at the University of Cambridge shows:

“Depletion of serotonin changes an individual’s judgment of unfairness.”

Jonathan Silver, MD Published in Journal Watch Psychiatry August 18, 2008

So – what can we do to get the Dopamin and Serotonin level up?

The most simple way is through sports, family/friends and food.

Food that makes you happy

We are looking to get the raw building material for serotonin (tryptophan) through our eating habits.

Boost your Happiness through eating/drinking:

Chilli peppers, coffee, brazilian nuts, pasta and chocolate (over 60% cacao).

But remember don’t overdose – eat moderate amounts! Do everything on your own risk and listen to your body and how it responds! A happy diet is in itself a whole book and we are not able to list everything here 😉

How sport can affect your happiness

Sport can make you happy!

Learn how to activate and level the neurochemicals that affect your happiness – Dopamin, Serotonin, Epinephrine and Endorphins.

The keys to increasing the levels of Dopamin and Serotonin in your body are low to moderate exercise, activities that rely more on endurance than power, and to recruit your slow twitch muscle fibers instead of your fast twitch ones.

  • running (long distance)
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • yoga
  • pilates

Ultimate tip: Do a yoga or pilates course together with friends or others that boosts your Serotonin even more!

Epinephrine is our “fight or flight” neurochemical. It makes your heart race, elevates the temperature and blood-pressure. It is raised when we exercising at very high intensity.

Endorphins are your own painkillers. It is partially responsable for the “runners high” and allows us to feel less pain when enganged in physical activity.

How to be happy


Balance your life and take care of all the different areas in your life.


Have sex with the one you love regulary – it boosts the production of your own HappyDrugs like dopamin!


Think positive and get rid of your obstacles that block your thinking.


Control your mind! Be the master of your emotions and thinking.


Continuous effort is required for true happiness.


Make others happy each day.


Be in control of your own life.


Feel free, be free and express it in your unique way.


Eat and drink happiness.


Eradicate negative emotions.


Relax your mind and meditate.


Accept others the way they are.


Develop great, deep and long lasting relationships.


Produce your own HappyDrugs! Doing regular exercise increases your own production of antidepressants.


Don’t compare yourself to others.

Video

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TEDtalksDirector — 15. April 2008 — http://www.ted.com What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Buddhist monk, photographer and author Matthieu Ricard has devoted his life to these questions, and his answer is influenced by his faith as well as by his scientific turn of mind: We can train our minds in habits of happiness. Interwoven with his talk are stunning photographs of the Himalayas and of his spiritual community.