9 rules of happiness in an infographic

We are not meant to be happy all the time. Nature did not make us that way. Happiness and contentment needs to be measured against unhappiness. We should not regard being depressed as an illness as it is normal unless clinical as diagnosed by a good professional.

And being happy requires effort and self-discipline; a tiresome thought. You have to expend energy to be happy as we are made that way.

I am not happy all the time. I become despondent. I feel this qualifies me to prepare an infographic designed to try and make us feel happier πŸ˜ƒ. But I am not a happiness, self-help guru. Just John Doe, like anyone else trying to make the most of life.

In addition to my thoughts, I am thankful to Haemin Sunim’s ideas in preparing the infographic. There are more than nine rules of happiness. I have just confined the infographic to the ones specified.

Everything here is about setting up new habits. We tend to fall into bad habits. Rectification is needed sometimes. πŸ‘

When everything around me is moving so fast, I stop and ask, β€œIs it the world that’s busy, or is it my mind?”

Haemin Sunim

In the infographic below I mention ‘slow down’. But you have to remain active and purposeful particularly in old age. That’s very important.

Rules of happiness in an infographic
Rules of happiness in an infographic. This is a free to use infographic under an extensive, unconditional Creative Commons license.
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Without our health it is very hard or impossible to be happy – depending on the severity of the illness. We should do all we can to maintain our health and that starts with a good diet. A lot has been written about diet. Please do your own research but avoid processed foods and too much booze.

The stomach is vital to good health as it contains a biome of bacteria and other organism which helps to moderate our immune system. Good foods can promote good bacteria and reduce inflammation inside the body. Note: inflammation is the body’s way of promoting healing so it is good but also sometimes painful.

Keeping weight off is critical to good health. Watch the BMI. It is a hard path with a reward that justifies the difficulty.

Lean on nature to heal. Connecting with nature is better than taking anti-depressants (note: I am not a medical specialist. These are my thoughts). But we need to touch nature because we come from nature. It is in our DNA. Don’t distance yourself from nature.

Don’t find happiness in buying objects but rather buy experiences as the happiness quotient of the former is smaller than for the latter.

All these things mean self-discipline and fighting the human’s weakness and my God we are full of them. Nature made us but we are full of flaws but also some greatness – all of us.

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Click this link to go to Haemin Sunim’s website. I am sure that it is good and that it will help.

What Google Gemini thinks makes us happier

There isn’t one single most important step to happiness, but rather a combination of factors that contribute to overall well-being. Here are a few key areas to consider:

  • Healthy Habits: Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, and exercising regularly. These foundational practices provide a strong base for emotional well-being.
  • Positive Relationships: Nurture strong connections with friends, family, and loved ones. Social interaction and support are crucial for happiness.
  • Gratitude Practice: Take time to appreciate the good things in your life, big or small. Regularly focusing on what you’re grateful for can shift your perspective and boost happiness.
  • Mindfulness: Practices like meditation or spending time in nature can help you become more present and aware of your thoughts and feelings. This allows you to manage stress and cultivate inner peace.
  • Purpose and Meaning: Having a sense of purpose, whether through work, hobbies, or volunteering, can contribute significantly to happiness. It provides a sense of direction and fulfillment.

Remember, the best approach to happiness is personalized. Experiment with different strategies and find what works best for you.

Comment: I approve the ‘purpose’ argument. I should have put that in the infographic! 😒😎😻

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