The experience of pleasure and well-being combined with a sense of purpose and deep fulfillment
We hardly need any convincing to want happiness. We just want it! It feels awesome.
But, if you wanted another reason to convince you that your happiness matters, stay tuned.
We're going to go over how it affects not only you, but also everyone you encounter, and ultimately the world. (Sounds dramatic, but it's true!)
Your Happiness Improves Almost Everything
Your mood is the basis on which you take action.
And we know through growing research, happiness is a precursor to success in pretty much every area of your life (relationships, health, career, etc).
When you're happier, your body is healthier, you exercise more, your relationships are better, you're more generous, kind, compassionate, empathetic, motivated, playful, creative, productive, energized and not to mention more successful in your career. (Learn more here)
(It's a good thing that cultivating happiness is very much a learned skill that we can get better at over time. Check out other articles here to help you do that)
The lives of people around you
Happiness is contagious. We all know at least one person that when we're around we can't help but smile.
When you are happier you radiate positivity to every person you come in contact with.
This goes for your family, significant other, friends, co-workers, the cashier at the grocery store, everyone.
Every time we are interacting with someone we are giving them a gift (and of course some gifts are better than others!).
When you're happy you lift other people's moods, which makes them more healthy, kind, creative, and successful (and all the other benefits talked about in the previous section).
You make an impact. (Learn more here)
So there you are, feeling happy, and spreading positivity to every person you meet.
Well, it doesn't stop there.
Since happiness is contagious, that person you just spoke to will be happier and spread positivity to every person they meet.
And the ripple effect will continue. Who knows how far it will spread.
In turn, the world will slowly but surely become a more generous, kind, compassionate, empathetic, motivated, playful, creative, productive, energized, imaginative, and beautiful place.
Happiness and well-being make us better. We are better able to treat each other with kindness and respect, solve the world's problems, and make it a better place for us all.
Imagine what impact just one simple act of kindness to a stranger could create. Imagine what impact continuing to work towards your happiest and most fulfilled self could create. What kind of ripple effect will you start?