A fascinating overview in the last Atlantic Monthly seems to say – not so much… After over a thousand books (yes 1,000 books) on the topic of how being happy is what matters the most, there is new and unsettling evidence that this may not be true. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that people who say they are happy, but don’t have much of a sense of meaning in their lives have the same gene expression patterns as people who are enduring chronic adversity.
The key is of course in how we define happiness. Is it momentary joy or is it satisfaction from one’s accomplishments and successes? Do you need both?
While the experts debate the fine points, I just recommend a “daily dose of happiness” which may be as simple as listening to Pharrell’s “Happy” at least once a day! And if it does NOT make you happy – email me asap!!!
Alexandra T. Greenhill, MD, CEO founder of myBestHelper (who is generally happy even when the skies are gray)