A few thoughts on happiness

OK, so I hate that Pharrell song “Happy” that the folks on the radio won’t stop playing.  But happiness is important.  This article lists several ways the lives of people who report being happy differ from those who don’t.  Spoiler alert: go outside, take a hike, do volunteer work, live in the moment.  Also, find some meaning in what you do.  The article says,

“People who strive for something personally significant, whether it’s learning a new craft, changing careers or raising moral children, are far happier than those who don’t have strong dreams or aspirations,” wrote Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., a University of California Riverside professor of psychology, in her book The How of Happiness. “Find a happy person, and you will find a project.”

Though this may seem like an odd topic for a blog called Cemetery Chick, I think it’s important to look at death-related issues with an eye to appreciating the life we’re living now.  It’s one reason I’ve had my students contemplate what they’d like in their obituaries someday — not to make them consider dying, but to make them think about how they want to live.  What do they want to accomplish?  What would they like others to remember about them?

What would you like others to remember about you?

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