Happiness is a thing that all of us want but very few of us know how to get. Psychology research shows that happy people make more money, perform better at work, live longer and have better marriage than everyone else. But the causes of happiness are complicated —scientists have been trying to figure them out (understand them) for many years. They believe that happiness is “less a matter of what you have than the things you do.”
One important factor is that happy are grateful for the things they have. Being grateful can be difficult—there are more than enough terrible things going on in the world to make all of us sad for a lifetime. However, developing an attitude of thankfulness can actually make the bad parts of life seem more bearable. According to one study, participants (people in the study) who took time to write down what they were grateful for each week ended up being (were) 25% happier at the end of 10 weeks than those who did not.
Another factor is the people’s attitude towards themselves. Happy people like themselves while others do not. No amount of external (the world outside) happiness will ever make a difference if you’re unhappy with yourself. People have many reasons why they may hate themselves, but highly negative attitudes like these do nothing but harm you emotionally (relating to your feelings and how you control them) and prevent you from living a fulfilling life.
When most people think of diet and exercise, the last thing they associate with these activities is happiness. However, taking care of yourself physically may actually be a good way to improve your emotional life as well. Exercise has been shown to release feel-good chemicals known as endorphins, which can actually improve your mood. Additionally, the foods you eat have a direct impact on your brain function, and some studies have indicated that people who eat a diet high in fresh foods, vegetable and fruits are less likely to develop depression (deep sadness) than those who don’t.
The last but not the least (This is the last on the list but no less important than the others) is the time spent with other people. Happiness is infectious, and if you surround yourself with people (are among people) who are generally positive, you will probably find yourself with the same attitude. This is especially important if you are a person with low self-esteem—happy people can help you even when you don’t feel like doing it yourself. Obviously (clearly), it would be impossible to completely control who you have contact with on a daily basis, but do everything you can to minimize (reduce to the lowest amount) your time around generally pessimistic, negative people.
Compare the life of happy and unhappy people using four important areas of life mentioned in the passage. Use personal experience to make your point. (20 lines=4 paragraphs)۰ This entry was posted in Reading Stage 2 by Parviz with ۱ comment