Happiness can be an elusive topic. Many people seek this state through pleasure, entertainment, and other materialistic pursuits. This makes sense, as we live in a civilization where pleasure and mass consumption is at our command, and we’re presented with messages to have more and more, whether it be sex, food, sports, or shopping. It seems that with access to all of these pleasures we would be the happiest people, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t the case and we may have even become less happy in the process.

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My outlook on life didn’t used to be through rose colored glasses. I was cynical and pessimistic and suffered from quite a bit of anxiety. I didn’t even smile that much. To be frank, I was getting by and surviving without much happiness. Fortunately, a few years ago, I discovered a happiness formula that revealed nearly half of our happiness is directly related to intentional activities we have control over.

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