“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” Aristotle
“Happiness is the ultimate currency,” Professor Tal Ben-Shahar
Announcing my next writing project for this blog.
Although my blog is called Success on the Far Side of Fifty I am really committed to exploring and then sharing tactics and strategies that everyone, regardless of age can use to live a better life.
For the next while my blog will be a deep dive into the field of happiness, which as Professor Tal states is “the ultimate currency.”
Based entirely upon science and written in (hopefully) plain English this project has one purpose;
To provide readers with simple strategies and tactics you can use increase your level of happiness.
The blog will primarily focus on scientifically proven tactics and strategies and will include appropriate references.
Aside from diving into the studies associated with happiness I will also explore the habits and rituals of the happiest people among us. I believe that we can learn a great deal from people like Matthieu Richard. In many circles Matthieu is known as the happiest person on the planet and we can all learn from him. If you want to dive right in you can find Mathieu’s Ted Talk on happiness HERE.
To a lesser extent I will also explore the habits and rituals of less than happy people. It might surprise you to know that the actors, musicians and athletes that we and our children look up to are among the unhappiest and shortest living people on the planet.
Of 252 people who were named on Rolling Stones list of 100 greatest artists 82 have died. According to THIS CNN article people named to the 100 greatest artists list have roughly the same life expectancy as people living in the poorest of African countries.
Understanding the habits and perceptions of unhappy people can be extremely useful. Eliminating one negative habit or false assumption can be as helpful as adopting ten new positive habits. Think about how much better a vehicle performs if you take your foot off the brake. It goes farther, faster and uses less fuel. One single harmful habit can be the equivalent of operating your vehicle with the brakes on.
This section of the blog will also include summaries of the best books and links to the best videos, podcasts and blogs on the subject of happiness.
At the end of each post I will summarize the content into a few lines.
For those of you who don’t want to read the entire post you can jump to the summary and get a high level summary of the content.
If you have any thoughts or suggestions for upcoming posts please let me know.
As always thanks for reading Success on the Far side of Fifty.