Why is your happiness important

What is happiness? Factors that affect your happiness

We all want it, many have it - and even more do not even know that they have it. We're talking about luck. Because happiness is one thing above all: a subjective assessment of the life situation. But how do we get happy?

Everyone is sa fortune smith “it says and there is definitely a lot to it. Even so, there are a few factors that can affect your happiness. We have put it under the microscope for you.

What is luck?

There is hardly a feeling in the world that is more subjective than the feeling of happiness. It is therefore difficult to find a uniform definition. It is still worth a try, after all, it is interesting for each of us to question how we personally define happiness.

Generally speaking, happiness is often referred to as a strong and positive emotion. It goes hand in hand with a state of satisfaction, which at best lasts for a longer period of time or remains fundamentally, even if it is briefly overlaid by negative emotions.

So, for example, you can be fundamentally happy even though you are currently upset about someone or something.

At the same time, the term happiness is also associated with external factors. A definition therefore also reads that happiness is the coincidence of favorable circumstances, so to speak a favorable coincidence of fate. If you win the lottery, for example, you are lucky or if you narrowly escaped an accident.

This definition of happiness makes it seem like you are not in control of your personal happiness. However, this is wrong.

There are certainly such "lucky coincidences", but a distinction must be made between lucky coincidences and a permanent state of happiness. The latter is therefore a highly subjective feeling.

Some people already feel happy when they simply feel good physically and mentally. Others need more for their happiness, maybe a vacation on the beach or a new car. And still others never feel happy even when leading the seemingly perfect life.

Happiness cannot therefore be tied to external factors such as material possessions and it is perceived differently by every person. For some, happiness is simply a basic satisfaction, for others the exhilaration that occurs when, for example, you are freshly in love. And it is not uncommon for people to misunderstand what happiness really is or should be.

Ultimately, therefore, you actually have to define for yourself what happiness means to you.

Luck in Numbers: A Look at the Statistics

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Whether you describe yourself as happy and why is therefore a question that you have to answer on your own. Nevertheless, it is interesting to take a look at other people and their happiness. So how happy are the others? The World Happiness Report deals with this question every year, and in 2018 it came to the conclusion that the Swiss came fifth when it comes to the happiest country in the world.

In earlier surveys, Switzerland even took the top spot at times. However, this is more an objective assessment than the subjective feeling of the Swiss. Once again it becomes clear that happiness from the outside is difficult to grasp.

Unfortunately, these numbers do not mean that all Swiss are happy. But that doesn't mean that they are unhappy across the board. Ultimately, it is not wealth or security that make the Swiss particularly happy.

Instead, they seem to appreciate the little things in life. In another survey, they stated that it is mainly family, their hobbies, friends and relationships that bring the most happiness. Surprisingly, even 45 percent of Swiss people are happy at work.

The statistics also make it clear that external and material factors only play a role to a limited extent when it comes to happiness in life. Instead, it's the immaterial things that can actually make you happy.

There are also a few other, perhaps even surprising, factors that have been shown to have an influence on happiness. You do not have all of these "happy" factors in your own hands, but you can influence some of them and thereby increase your personal sense of happiness.

So what are they, the factors that affect your happiness?

Your name

One of the factors that you cannot, or at least not that easily, influence is your name. In fact, the name can influence a person's academic and professional success - both positively and negatively.

Since the job, as just became clear, is also one of the things in life that can make you happy, there is a direct connection between your name and your happiness. In addition, being successful at work is important, for example, in order to live without financial worries or to be able to realize yourself.

Such things also play an important role for many people when it comes to happiness. Admittedly, the fact that professional success (also) depends on a person's name is anything but fair. But it is a mechanism that works subconsciously and therefore cannot be prevented.

After all, people's first and last names provide information about certain things - or at least give an idea of ​​them - such as ethnic origin, social class, gender, age, etc. It is therefore important for parents to choose a name while taking these into account Circumstances to meet.

Changing this name later is possible, but only with great effort. As a rule, therefore, only people change their names who actually suffer a lot from their first or last name; say your name can also make you directly or indirectly unhappy.

If you are wondering which names are more likely to make you happy and which are more likely to make you unhappy, there is no general answer. Because names are always subject to certain trends and the associations associated with them change at regular intervals.

So it is less the names themselves than the associations associated with them that can ultimately determine success or failure. Various studies in different countries came to the conclusion that names that sound "native" and short names often have an advantage. Even classic names like Elisabeth are consciously or unconsciously associated with success by many people.

Finally, many people prefer the known, also mostly unconsciously. It can happen, for example, that HR managers automatically perceive an applicant with a familiar-sounding name to be more personable or better suited than a colleague with an unusual name. In short: names lead to associations and these can trigger discrimination or even preferential treatment.

But there is another factor that comes into play when it comes to the relationship between your name and your happiness: self-esteem. If you yourself find your name to be positive, you appear more self-confident and that also has a positive effect on your (professional) success.

Those who are ashamed of their name, on the other hand, automatically have an insecure charisma and thus others do not trust them as well. It is the so-called self-fulfilling prophecy.

So if you find that your name is making you insecure and unhappy, changing your name may well be the solution. However, it is only one of many factors that play a role in your happiness.

Your family

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Your family, for example, is even more important. In any case, this is the result of the largest study on the topic to date, the so-called Grant and Glueck Study. It was carried out at the renowned Harvard University over a period of 80 years and came to a surprising result: the bottom line is that love is the only factor that is actually decisive for happiness.

These are not only love relationships, but also social relationships with family or friends, provided they are lovingly shaped. The bottom line is that you “only” need other people who love you and whom you love in order to be happy.

On the other hand, wealth, health and other factors are far less important than many people think.

In the survey mentioned above, the Swiss also named the family as one of their most important factors of happiness in life. So, if you are not already blessed with a loving family, you can improve your personal happiness by “creating” your own family in which you will experience love.

This can be a husband or wife and children, but also good friends, for example in the form of a shared apartment. The possibilities are many.

Unfortunately, that doesn't necessarily mean that you can escape a past with difficult family relationships so easily. Because upbringing is formative for everyone and can therefore still have an impact on your personal happiness even after many years or even decades.

If you enjoyed a positive upbringing in which you were loved unconditionally and learned how to deal with your emotions, your chances of a happy life are much better.

Those who, on the other hand, did not have a (such) beautiful childhood or have never learned to deal with emotions properly, often struggle with them in adulthood. The same applies if you have not learned to enter into and maintain social relationships.

You can still work on such deficits in adulthood - and you should too - but your personal path to happiness can then be a little further than for others. At this point you are largely in control of your happiness and the influence of the family on the individual feeling of happiness is undisputed in any case.

Your star sign

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What is more controversial, however, is the role played by the zodiac sign. Those who are interested in the topic and believe in the influence of the zodiac signs on personality often put this in direct connection with happiness.

Sagittarius, Leo and Aries, for example, are considered particularly lucky. A study from 2018 to 2020 also came to the result that people with the zodiac signs Taurus, Virgo and Aries are more likely to have positive predictions in horoscopes than other signs of the zodiac.

It is difficult to look at the topic from a scientific perspective, as there is so far no evidence that one's zodiac sign has any real influence on a person's life. However, it is quite interesting to ask why exactly these zodiac signs seem to be more lucky than others.

Because they are said to have certain character traits and these are supposed to correlate with happiness. Sagittarius, for example, are considered to be very optimistic and those who have a positive outlook on life attract success according to self-fulfilling prophecy. In addition, optimistic people simply notice their happiness more than others.

In Aries, assertiveness could be beneficial for happiness, and in Taurus, his close ties to family and friends. Leos, on the other hand, are considered self-confident and this self-confidence also plays an important role in success and thus happiness - as you already know.

This zodiac sign is also said to have a certain willingness to take risks, which can also lead to more success in some life situations, be it professional or private. For example, people who are willing to take risks are more inclined to gamble, especially since certain games such as slot machine games are also possible online in Switzerland as well as are legal.

But there are also people who are particularly willing to take risks among company founders, to name another example. Such risks can lead to success and thus to (more) happiness; however, failures can never be ruled out.

Regardless of whether you believe in the influence of zodiac signs or not, it is always the same factors that seem to affect individual happiness. Even if you belong to a different zodiac sign, that doesn't mean that you can't be at least as happy. On the contrary: Take these qualities as an example and your life will also change for the better.

Prejudice against happy people

So there is no factor that you cannot influence in one way or another. But if you blame your unhappiness on external circumstances, in many cases it is just an excuse. Exceptions prove the rule, for example if you have had to cope with a stroke of fate.

But even under such conditions, some people manage to be happy. So what do they do differently from unhappy people? Quite simply: you allow yourself your luck!

What sounds strange has unfortunately become commonplace in modern society: Many people perceive happiness as something negative. Those who are happy are viewed critically, perhaps envied or confronted with prejudice.

It is widely believed that happy people are selfish because they have built their happiness and success at the expense of others. Or someone who (now and then) has negative feelings shouldn't call themselves happy, says another.

It can be even more difficult if, for example, you are dealing with the death of a loved one. To smile at this stage or even to call yourself happy, hardly anyone would dare to do that; it is a downright taboo.

Precisely because many people seem to be unhappy these days, happiness has become a rare occurrence and can cause envy or other negative associations in your environment.

But you shouldn't be put off by this, because if you don't allow yourself your happiness, you have no place in your social environment anyway. And those people who really love you want to see you happy - they even contribute, directly or indirectly, as you already know.

So it is important to let go of external constraints and look for your personal path to happiness. While most people suspect this from the outside, for example in success or wealth, you now already know where you will actually find what you are looking for: namely in immaterial factors such as family, friends, hobbies or a fulfilling job.

It is also important that you do not put yourself under pressure. It's okay not to be happy all the time or to have a fluctuating "happiness level". After all, negative feelings are also part of life. However, as long as the positives predominate, you can consider yourself lucky, in the truest sense of the word.

You yourself

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In the end, you are largely in control of your luck. Because often it is nothing more than a conscious decision. If you allow yourself your own happiness, if you perceive it and if you actively increase it, then you have the best chances of a happy life.

There will be bad days, maybe even bad years - but all in all, sooner or later everyone can find happiness (again). This is by no means just determined by others, but in fact everyone is a bit of their own fortune forge.

Unfortunately, there is still no one golden way to happiness. Social relationships are always a good starting point. By building up, improving and maintaining them, you can significantly increase your quality of life and thus your feeling of happiness - and with family and friends by your side, even difficult phases are easier to survive.

Even illnesses, professional failures or other strokes of fate can then become more bearable and make you less unhappy, so to speak.

It is also important to be aware of your happiness. Many people actually have everything they need for a happy life - but still feel unhappy.

They always strive for new goals in the hope of finally finding their happiness; and they overlook the fact that it is already ahead of them. A mindful way of life and gratitude for everything you have are therefore also a good start for a happy (re) s existence.

So happiness does not always have to be the really big feelings and it can slip away from you at times. Even so, it is tangible for everyone and is not just a future state to work towards, but a conscious choice in the here and now.

At this point, many Swiss can learn a bit from other countries, where people may be poorer in material terms, but richer in happiness. Because happiness comes from within - and as soon as you have understood this, you can finally become happy too!

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