A Measure of Happiness

A Measure of Happiness

When asked if they are happy, the majority of people in our culture say yes most of the time. But sometimes we convince ourselves we are happy despite signs of distress. The following symptoms can be helpful hints of unhappiness or disharmony:
• use of stimulants or substances such as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and sugar
• chronic fatigue
• reliance upon prescription drugs
• eagerness for approval from peers or family members, heightened fear of rejection
• embarrassment about singing, dancing, or playing sports in public
• laughing maliciously, laughing at other people’s follies while taking our own quite seriously
• feeling in a rush
• forgetfulness, poor memory
• dulled senses, slow reactions
• impatience, agitation
• pain or tension in muscles, organs, tissues (clenching teeth)
• your cheeks hurt if you smile too long
• trouble sleeping
• difficulty forgiving others
• finding no leisure time, work-a-holic
• boredom
• thanklessness, can’t find anything for which to be grateful

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