So, ‘what makes us happy?’ The World Happiness Report has been released by the United Nations and it makes very interesting reading – quite happy reading actually!
As Kiwis, we are among the happiest people in the world, which is really good to know, particularly as I am one!!
I decided to do my own ‘household happiness report’, so I asked our 24 yr old daughter if she was happy. I got an emphatic, “Yes”, so I asked her, “what makes you happy’?” This was her list:
- Having good friends,
- A job she enjoys,
- Family that she gets on with and
- Being able to go away for weekends and catch up with friends who live out of town.
We were on a roll, so I asked one more question, “If you had more money, would it make you happier?”
The answer to this question required a bit more thought. “Maybe. More money to spend means I could do more. I can manage on what I earn, but if I was offered a pay rise, I wouldn’t say no.” Happiness = reality – expectations.