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Subtle Ways We Give Our Happiness Away

By Sandy Schroeder

Most of what we do is done to make us happier, which we may define as glee, peacefulness or satisfaction.

Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, an agency that services 75 percent of the Fortune 500 companies, recently took a look at how this process works and how we sometimes trip ourselves up.

Bradberry notes happiness has less to do with life circumstances than we might think. Studies have shown the people who earn the most are only a slight bit happier than the people who work for them. Actually our outlook on life and our habits account for a great deal of our happiness.

Here are some happiness snags to avoid.

Letting technology take over - Binge watching a favorite TV show while you flip back and forth from video games to your tablet to your phone may work for a while, but it may be too much if these distractions simply take over without leaving adequate time for all of the other things in life.

Making life all about things - We all know not having enough to maintain our daily needs can create a definite drop in happiness, but once basics are established the picture changes. Simply adding one possession after another seldom makes a difference in happiness. Instead, you may actually be sabotaging happiness as you ignore friends, family and hobbies to power material gains.

Muffling emotions - EQ (emotional intelligence) does suggest not being impulsive, but at the same time it encourages us to honor our feelings and explore them so we can use them in a positive way. Simply muffling them gets us nowhere.

Refusing to accept change - Change is inevitable but we will be less shocked and taken back by it if we anticipate what is coming. All of us should take timeouts occasionally to reflect on all of the aspects of our lives that can and probably will change. When we think through the specifics we can prepare for changes so that the impacts will not be so startling or tough to handle. You might do a six-month or once-a-year assessment and keep the notes to see how good you were with your guesses.

Always expecting less - Unfortunately when we get in a habit of not expecting much it may be more likely to turn out that way. Step back and really look at the good and bad things that you have experienced. They may be better than you thought.

Holding your breath - Some people are always waiting for the future to be happy, which means they are missing all of the good things that are happening right now. The people who really know how to make the most of the moment are usually the happiest, because the future is always subject to change.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Valencia, Calif.

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