According to the United Nations, the International Day of Happiness was created to recognize the “relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings.”
But how do you find happiness? This is perhaps one of the most common questions that arises when discussing this concept. Beyond using typical economic methods for measuring the growth of the nation, there is a clear interest in public policy to use this indicator as an essential part of human development. In the personal sphere, however, there are several perspectives and interpretations of happiness.
Health, money and family are some of the topics that are constantly named when it comes two talking about factors that cause happiness. Different studies and population surveys seek to find the reason why someone feels happier than another. Specialists agree however, that this feeling is something that can be created and stimulated.
Practicing sports is one of the fundamental activities that improves the sensation of happiness. The serotonin that the brain releases during this activity generates a sense of wellbeing that spreads to other aspects of your daily lives such as work and your social environment.
Being socially active, staying in contact with friends that share common interests, and having the support of a family are some other key aspects that foster happiness. This contact stimulates the brain and positive feelings, and the security of having loved ones to count on during difficult times and in the face of adversity also causes a greater level of satisfaction.
Managing stress and keeping a positive attitude also help people to have a better state of health. Consider the fact that according to the WHO, 85% of all diseases are psychosomatic.