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Happiness: a consistent state of well-being characterized by frequent, long-lasting emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.

That's a nice dictionary definition of happiness. It really tells us what happiness means - in general terms.

[NOTE: Happiness does not mean you are always in an "up", positive mood. True happiness requires a wide range of emotions, including pain and sadness. It is the frequent and long-lasting components that are important. Additionally, the intensity of positive emotions is not a good predictor of happiness. For example, lottery winners, who are "ecstatic" for a brief period of time typically are not any happier over time than they were before they won the lottery]

And it is the ultimate goal of this website - BeHappy101.com - to help you achieve that consistent state of well-being and create those frequent, long-lasting positive emotions.

Why is this important?

Happiness is something most everyone wants. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people do not consider themselves "very happy" (and certainly not as happy as they can be). This has not changed in the past 60 years.

More importantly, though, is the fact that happiness is the best way to stay healthy and live longer. Studies show that happy people live up to 9 years longer than unhappy people and have less disease, less illness, have the need for less medication, and are more energetic and vital.

So, what does it take to be totally happy?

Happiness really is a journey, and achieving total happiness requires a "system" that results in a life-plan (a map) for creating your happiest possible life.

An introduction to the happiness "journey" can be found by getting the FREE Happiness Formula Video Course by filling in the boxes here.

To provide a few basic (Happiness 101) tips to get your journey started, it all starts with your...

Definition of Happiness

This is your personal description of what your happiest possible life looks like. It is a critical component of your happiness - and of the whole BeHappy! system. It's the foundation, if you will, of the happiness-building process.

Everyone's Definition of Happiness is different, so you must take the time to create yours for yourself.

This then leads to the development of your life's...

Happiness Plan

Your Happiness Plan is your "map" to the happiest possible life. Part of that Happiness Plan includes developing a consistent attitude of gratitude.

You can get my "Happiness Plan" template by clicking here.

Also, there are lots of facts about happiness which can inspire you to start your journey...

Happiness Facts:

  • Total happiness can be achieved regardless of the circumstances or difficulties of your life (if you are dealing with adversity in your life, click here).
  • Happy people live an average of 9 years longer than unhappy people (click here to learn more about the connection between health, longevity and happiness).
  • Happy people earn an average of $25,000 more per year than unhappy people
  • Although we have seen great advances in our world over the past 50 years, our “happiness” as people and a society has not increased
  • The fastest growing segment of the anti-depressant market is pre-school children (a terrible fact)
  • Surveys indicate that the top 10 happiest countries in the world are: (1) Denmark, (2) Switzerland, (3) Austria, (4) Iceland, (5) The Bahamas, (6) Finland, (7) Sweden, (8) Bhutan, (9) Brunei, and (10) Canada.
  • The U.S. ranks #16 on the list of the happiest countries in the world – despite being one of the wealthiest
  • Smiling releases endorphins and makes us feel better. Even “faking” a smile can lead to feeling happier.
  • Several studies have shown that a pet can reduce blood pressure and stress, promoting health and happiness.
  • Happiness experiments published in peer review journals have demonstrated that individuals can be “trained” to be twenty-five percent happier through various training programs in from two to ten weeks.
  • People who rate high on happiness psychological tests develop about 50% more antibodies than average in response to flu vaccines.
  • According to research, Americans earning 10 million dollars annually are only slightly happier than average Americans.
  • The rate of depression and suicide does not increase during the holidays as most people once thought.
  • “Seasonal Depression” is a recognized psychological condition around the holiday season - believed to be brought on by several possible factors, including the fewer daylight hours in the wintertime.
  • If you fake a laugh long enough you’ll start to really laugh, really, really hard.
  • It takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three to frown.
  • Neurologically speaking, seeing somebody else smile actually makes you happier.
  • Happiness is a skill. You can learn it and it’s not hard.


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