• Nicola McCabe

How to measure happiness

What makes you happy?

Wouldn't it be great to be a child again?


No worries or cares in the world, where simple things create so much fun and laughter. If only we could go back in time, I know I would appreciate my childhood days so much more.

I think being happy links into the Stress Awareness theme for April, because if you begin to feel down and stressed, they suggest you start acting like someone who is happy and relaxed. That's easier said than done.


Act like the happiest person you know


To act happy perhaps first of all you need to decide who you think is the happiest person you know, and then try and emulate them. And before you go running for your credit cards, I don't mean going out and spend, spend, spending. That could have disastrous consequences and make you even more unhappy in the long run. Shopping isn't really something that makes me happy though. I think happiness is more of a long-term state of mind. In the short-term then obviously I am happy, relaxed and stress-free when I'm reclining in my hot tub at the end of a long day. But it's a short-term fix, at least until the next dip. I'm also very happy when I'm out horse-riding, or have the kittens and dog curled up next to me. Naturally me and Tim roll along quite happily too. If we didn't then we wouldn't be able to live and work together. Do all of these things make me a happy person? Maybe I am most of the time, but this blooming pandemic doesn't half get me down sometimes.


How to measure happiness


So if there is a Stress Test then surely there must be a Happiness Test. Time for me to hit Google search again and see if there is a way to measure whether you are happy or not.



Again, it all seems to boil down to what makes you feel happy. Different countries have different measures, but overall it seems that good health is what matters to most people. I would count that as a good happiness contributor as well.


When hundreds of tweets are analysed, researchers find that Mondays are linked to low levels of happiness, and daylight saving time results in a happiness boost - Measuring happiness

Energised


Monday is definitely not my best day, although I have to say that now the mornings are lighter, and the days are longer, I do feel a bit energised. For 'energised' read "it doesn't take me as long to get out of bed in the morning". So perhaps that's a happy sign. Just wish we could get out and about more, or better still have a quick trip back to the UK to hug the kids. I know the latter is a while away yet, but it's something I think we can all look forward to now.


Happiness scale


See, there it is again - positive mental attitude! Maybe I am a happy person deep down, but just didn't realise it. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being miserable and 10 being extremely happy, I would say I'm a 7 today, and pretty content with my life. Have a go at measuring your happiness level. If you're less than 6 on the happiness scale, or feeling a bit stressed out, then I can recommend an hour or two stretched out in a lovely, warm, bubbly hot tub. Think happy thoughts, happy places, and happy people with smiley faces.



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