6 Things To Know About Being Happy

By Leslie Barker
The Dallas Morning News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr)  Author Deborah Heisz says there are three components which determine our happiness level.  She say some 50 percent is genetics, 10 percent is based on environment and the rest is based on the things we choose to do, the actions we take in response to the world, not the things imposed upon us.  So what makes you happy? Empowering women makes me happy.

The Dallas Morning News

If you’re happy and you know it, you can clap your hands. Or if you want to stay that way and perhaps be even happier, you can be creative … or give back … or enlist a positive attitude … or be mindful.

Such are some suggestions from “Live Happy: Ten Practices for Choosing Joy” (Harper Elixir; $25.99). The book by Deborah Heisz, editorial director of the Dallas-based Live Happy magazine, was released earlier this week,  just in time for International Day of Happiness.

If that somehow isn’t on your calendar, it officially takes place on Sunday.

Meanwhile, we talked about happiness with Heisz. Here are some of her thoughts:

Happiness is much more than an emotion. “This is not Bobby McFerrin,” she says. “This is not ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy.’ It’s giving back. It’s creativity. It’s not about the emotion; it’s not about hedonic. It’s about the eudaemonic,” which is about finding meaning.

Don’t discount the value of something that brings you temporary happiness, like riding a roller coaster might. “It’s impossible to maintain that on a regular basis. But you can have the other type regularly.”

People who are happy are not happy every day. That’s a big misconception, she says; she gets asked that all the time. Ditto for this one: “People who are happy are unaware of the real world.” Happiness isn’t a moment; it’s an ongoing attitude, she says.

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