Thursday, September 26, 2013

science-supported happiness

We like Happy, and our culture skews toward believing things that are supported by science, so here are

10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science

And, since meditation may be less familiar than exercising or going outside, here is some more on the topic from Fast Company magazine. (And yes, there's an app for that.) 


  1. Wow, I found this article very fascinating by how the brain is connected in so many different ways and just a few minutes a day from meditating can basically change your life.

  2. I have to say most of these points were rather skeptical to me. I don't think you can decide a scientific way to make yourself "happy", and in a perfect world I think most of these steps would be true. But with the lifestyles we live in the modern world, it just doesn't fit, and we have to create our way of making ourselves happy.
    First of all, the whole, sleep more and you'll be happier isn't all that true. I happen to be a frequent napper and when I wake up, I only feel less tired. That is to be expected obviously. I don't feel any less stressed or positive when I wake up. In fact, there are days where I am sleep deprived yet feel perfectly fine. Secondly, I found many of the points to just be geared towards a certain type of person essentially. No doubt it is beneficial to some, but that isn't always the case. Not everyone can find a job with a shorter commute, and faced with the choice of a slightly farther, nice house, compared to a dingy apartment that is close, most would take that house. Also, I believe some of the most unhappy people I’ve met have been adults, and some of the happiest people I’ve seen are young children with zero cares in the world. I suppose the point I am trying to make is that these steps don’t fit into our lives realistically, some do, but for the most part you can’t create guide to being happy. What is happiness to one person isn’t for another, so this simply a vague outline of what could possibly make you happy. Just because you add "backed by science" to something doesn't always make it true.

    (And the step “ Plan a trip – but don’t take one” seems more depressing to me than positive. “Oh look! Vacation! You could be on one! But, no.”)