THE pursuit of happiness has become a major preoccupation of modern life and now scientists have come up with a nine-point plan to find inner peace.
The Journal of Happiness Studies, a quarterly academic publication dedicated to finding out what makes the good life and empirically to investigate well-being, came up with the plan based on the latest findings.
The first was to stop comparing your looks with others, as you can cash in on beauty’s emotional high even if you are no oil painting. The secret is to believe you look great.
The next step is to curb those aspirational desires. Alex Michalos, a political scientist at the University of Northern British Columbia, in Prince George, found the people whose aspirations soared furthest beyond what they already had tended to be less happy than those who perceived a smaller gap.
Scientists have also found that money can buy happiness, but it doesn’t buy you very much. Once you can afford to feed, clothe and house yourself, each extra pound makes less and less difference, said Professor Robert Frank, an economist at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, ...”
2nd Timothy 3:1-2