The Happiness Project

What is happiness?

We know that happiness is an emotional experience resulting from electrochemical reactions in the brain. We also know that it is not everlasting; if it lasted we would no longer be able to distinguish happiness from other states of being. Instead, happiness has been defined as a continuous pursuit. It is a combination of how satisfied we are with life and how good we feel on a day to day basis.

I recently had the opportunity to visit Body World's "Happiness Project" exhibit in Amsterdam to learn more. The developers put a lot of effort into making this experience educational and fun for visitors. The purpose of the project is to help distinguish between useful and harmful behaviors in order to improve our chances of survival. 

Experts have dedicated time to study the effects of happiness on our health. According to the Happiness Project, happy people are less affected by heart attacks, autoimmune disorders, diabetes, cancers and depression. They also are more likely to follow good self care and have stronger social networks.

The best news is that they estimate that circumstances such as money or marital status only play a 10% role in our happiness. This means that we have more control over our happiness than one may think. Our daily thoughts, actions, and behaviors can drive our happiness which in turn can improve our health and decrease rates of illness. 

Today I encourage you to take action for your health and well-being and do something that makes you happy. Go for a bike ride, call a friend you haven't spoken to in a few weeks, or read a book in the sunlight. Happiness is a practice and we each have to make a constant effort to find it in our daily lives.

In health and happiness,

Miss International 2017


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