There is a "mathematical formula" for happiness. A "Happiness Formula", or happiness "equation" that can help anyone be happier.
Yes, you can live a happier life – a much happier life – if you know this formula, understand it, and use it.
The formula is:
H = (G + DH + C + 3R) ÷ 6
Now, for those of you who are not mathematically inclined, don’t worry,
it’s not complicated. In fact, it’s actually quite simple. Simple to understand, but not necessarily easy to implement fully. If it was, then everyone would be totally happy.
So, here’s the question for you to answer … are you as happy as you can be?
That’s a very important question. Have you answered it for yourself? If so, what was the answer? If you’re like most people, the answer is “no” ... you could be happier (and really want to be happier). And that doesn’t mean you are unhappy (although many people are). It just means you could be happier – and would like to be happier – even a little bit.
If you are like many people, you may not have even taken the time or effort to ask that question of yourself... but you probably know the answer anyway.
If you are not as happy as you could be in your life, for the vast majority of people, there are discrete reasons – and, importantly – something that can be done about it.
Yes, total happiness can be achieved. And, you can achieve it by using “The Happiness Formula”. Again, the formula is
H = (G + DH + C + 3R) ÷ 6
And again, don't worry, it's not as confusing as it may seem at first. Here’s what it means...
Happiness (“H”) is equal to your level of Gratitude (“G”) ... plus the degree to which you are living consistent with your own personal Definition of Happiness (“DH”) ... plus how much you Contribute to others ("C") ... plus your success in what I call the 3 R’s of happiness (“3R”) ... all divided by 6.
using this simple formula, you can determine how happy you are in your
life at any time (your “Happiness Score”), and then create a plan to
improve it. Let’s look at it more closely.
First, let's look at it from a "big picture" perspective. Total Happiness comes by both eliminating unhappiness and increasing happiness. Those may sound a bit similar, but they can actually be very different. First, eliminating unhappiness. There is an inverse relationship between gratitude (the first component of our "Happiness Formula") and unhappiness ... as seen in this graph:
As you can see, as gratitude increases from 0 (lower left corner) towards 10 (upper right corner), unhappiness goes from a 10 (upper left corner) to a 0 (lower right corner). Practically speaking, the more grateful you are for the things you have in your life right now - or at any moment in time - the less you will be unhappy. But, that's only one piece of the equation. You can be very grateful (therefore have very little unhappiness), but still not be totally happy. You might be somewhat content and fulfilled, but maybe not totally happy. That's where the next component of the equation comes in ... increasing happiness, as seen in this graph:
In this graph, you can see that you can increase
happiness from "0" (lower left), but if you are like most people, you
really don't know what would make you happy - and are not doing some of
the things everyone needs to address to be completely happy. In
fact, without the rest of the formula (which we'll get to next), most
people can only reach a level of happiness of around "6" without the
other components. So, before we put all this together, let's explore
the rest of the formula, and get your own personal "Happiness Score" (in
other words, how happy you really are right now). Here's how to do it:
Each of the components of the equation (G, DH, C, and 3R) have a value level of between "1" and "10". To get your "Happiness Score" (which is essentially your overall level of happiness) just rate each of the components of the equation on a “1” to “10” scale, where "1" is essentially very poor or non-existent (couldn’t be worse), and "10" is perfect (couldn’t be better or higher)
When you finish applying the formula, the result will be your “happiness score” which will range from “1” to “10” (the commonly used “10-point scale”). The closer your score is to “10”, the happier you are.
So, let’s get started. Take out a piece of paper and a pen or pencil. Now...
point, if you have done everything so far, you should have 6 numbers
between 1 and 10 written down on a piece of paper. Once you have those 6
numbers, it’s time to calculate your “Happiness Score”. And now it’s
really quite simple.
To get your score, just add up the numbers for each of the 6 components of the process above. You should have a 1-10 score for each of (1) “G”, for gratitude, (2) “DH”, for Definition of Happiness, (3) “C”, for Contribution, (4) “R”, for Relationships, (5) “R”, for Rules, and (6) “R”, for Regrets. Once you have all 6 of these numbers, add them together. The result should be a number between 6 and 60.
Now, take that sum and divide by 6. So, for example, let's say your six numbers were a "7" for Gratitude, "5" for Definition of Happiness, "8" for Contribution, "6" for Relationships, "3" for Rules, and "6" for Regrets, then your "Happiness Score" would be:
7 + 5 + 8 + 6 + 3 + 6 = 35, which when divided by 6 = 5.83.
If this was your score, I would bet you are not very happy in your life – and you want to be happier. Also, even if your score came out to an "8.83", which is not bad, maybe you still want to be happier.
So calculate your own "Happiness Score". This is the first step in a positive, progressive journey toward living your happiest possible life.
Using this “Happiness Formula” allows you to:
Putting the whole thing together graphically looks like this:
Looking at this, you can see that if you eliminate unhappiness
completely by being totally grateful for everything in your life (a "10"
on Gratitude) and can increase happiness by getting up to a "10" on your Definition of Happiness, your level of Contribution and the 3 R's of life, you would be "totally happy".
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