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The recipe for success: get happy and you will get ahead
· Feeling good 'is cause,
not effect, of achievement'
· Same principle applies to nations, academics claim
Monday December 19, 2005
than working hard, is the key to success, according to research published today. Cheerful people are more likely to try new
things and challenge themselves, which reinforces positive emotion and leads to success in work, good relationships and strong
health, say psychologists.
The findings suggest that happiness is not a "feel good"
luxury, but is essential to people's well being. What is more, happiness can also extend across an entire nation, with people
in "happy" nations being more likely to have pro-democratic attitudes and a keenness to help others.
The link between happiness and success was investigated
by a team from the University of California Riverside, led by Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky.
First, they analysed questionnaires that ask people about
multiple aspects of their lives. "For example, they show that happy people tend to earn higher incomes," said Prof Lyubomirsky.
Having established the link, they wanted to discover the cause.
"Almost always it has been assumed that things that correlate
with happiness are the causes of happiness, but it could be just the opposite - that those things tend to be caused by happiness,"
said Professor Ed Diener from the University of Illinois, another author on the paper.
Other studies revealed that having a sunny outlook on life
appeared to precede good fortune.
"There was strong evidence that happiness leads people to
be more sociable and more generous, more productive at work, to make more money, and to have stronger immune systems," said
Meanwhile, experimental studies showed that an instant injection
of high-spirits could generate success. "Inducing a happy effect leads people to make more money in a computer simulation."
The research shows that while success can put a spring in
someone's step, people need happiness in the first place to achieve success.
According to the study, around four out of five people in
modern industrialised nations are happy at any one time.
Success was not just about earning lots of money. "We define
success as obtaining the things that culture or society values, whether it be friends, close family, money and income, or
longevity," said Prof Diener.
However, sorrowful people are not condemned to a life of
"Our work suggests that sad people should try to increase
the frequency of positive emotions in their lives by doing things that make them feel happy, even temporarily," said Prof
Lyubomirsky, whose research is published in the Psychological Bulletin today.
But there is a caveat: your happiness boosters should not
be dangerous, like driving fast, or counter-productive, like eating lots of chocolate.
If you can raise your spirits, the benefits can be manifold.
"Happy people are more likeable and more sociable. They are also better able to cope with stress and likely to be healthier
and live longer."
Nor is happiness just an individual pursuit. Happy nations,
full of happy people, are more likely to be successful than unhappy nations. "People in happy nations trust others more and
want to cooperate with their neighbours," said Prof Diener.
Governments could keep a smile on their citizens' faces
by ensuring safety and stability.
"Although nations cannot live people's lives and force them
to be happy, they can create conditions - for example, parks, reasonable weekly work hours, a health infrastructure, and good
transportation - that influence people's happiness," he added. For governments and individuals alike, it seems,
happiness is more than just a hedonistic pleasure.
RUN IN THE RAIN
A little girl had been shopping
with her Mom in Target. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence. It was
pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no
time to flow down the spout. We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of Target.
We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day. I
am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world.
Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.
The little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in "Mom,
let's run through the rain," she said.
"What?" Mom asked.
"Let's run through the rain!" She repeated.
"No, honey. We'll wait until it slows down a bit," Mom replied.
This young child waited about another minute and repeated: "Mom, let's run through the rain,"
"We'll get soaked if we do," Mom said.
"No, we won't, Mom. That's not what you said this morning," the young girl said as she tugged
at her Mom's arm.
This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?
"Don't you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, 'If God can
get us through this, he can get us through anything!"
The entire crowd stopped dead silent. You couldn't hear anything but the rain. We all stood
silently. No one came or left in the next few minutes.
Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say. Now some would laugh it off
and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child's
life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.
"Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run through the rain. If GOD let's us get wet, well
maybe we just needed washing," Mom said.
Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars
and yes, through the puddles. They held their shopping bags over their heads just in case. They got soaked. But they were
followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars.
And yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.
Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your
money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories...So, don't forget to make
time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday. To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under
I HOPE YOU STILL TAKE THE TIME TO RUN THROUGH THE RAIN. They say, it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but
then an entire life to forget them.
Five Great Lessons
- First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.
During my second
month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until
I read the last one:
"What is the first
name of the woman who cleans the school?"
Surely this was
some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall,
in her 50s, but how would I know her name?
I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class
ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.
"Absolutely," said the professor.
"In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do
is smile and say "hello."
I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.
2. - Second
Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain
One night, at11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the
side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride.
Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.
A young white man
stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man
took her to safety, helped her get assistance
and put her into a taxicab.
She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went
by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note
It read: "Thank
you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then
you came along.
Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away... God bless
you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."
Mrs. Nat King
3 - Third Important Lesson - Always remember those who serve.
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table.
A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.
"How much is an ice cream
sundae?" he asked. "Fifty cents," replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled is hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.
"Well, how much is a plain
dish of ice cream?" he inquired.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.
"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied
little boy again counted his coins.
"I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.
waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she
wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies..
You see, he couldn't
have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.
4 - Fourth Important Lesson. - The obstacle
in Our Path.
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone
would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many
loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried
to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked
up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold
coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant
learned what many of us never understand!
Every obstacle presents an opportunity
to improve our condition.
5 - Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts...
Many years ago, when
I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease.
Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived
the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her
brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.
I saw him hesitate for only
a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it, if it will
save her." As the transfusion progressed,
he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did,
seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew
pale and his smile faded.
He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away?"
young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in
order to save her.
Now you have 2 choices.
you don't need the money,
- Delete this email, or
2. Forward it to people you care about.
I hope that you will choose No.
2 and remember......
love like you've never been hurt,
and dance like you do when nobody's watching."
Pass It On.....Pay It Forward!
Never Run Faster Than Your Angel Can Fly