I gladly recommend this TED talk “7 Rules for Happiness” by Stefan Sagmeister!
If you were working on a documentary, about your own happiness – trying to see if you can actually train your mind in a particular way, like you can train your body, so you can end up with an improved feeling of overall well-being…. what would your documentary look like?
You may enjoy joining a conversation, I initiated on TED talks: The conversation follows. YOUR CHALLENGE? When creating your documentary, answer the following 7 questions. These will offer you 7 clues /rules to your happiness!
When we think we have no options, can we change our perception? Does having options make us happier?
Like with “everything”, so too there “is” a paradox of choice.
1. Are we happier when we think we have a choice?
2. What if circumstances are such that there “are” no choices, e.g. during the holocaust. Lessons learned indicate that perceiving a choice in such circumstances can create “happiness”.
3. Can too much choice, create unhappiness?
4. Are there different types of choices?
5. Whose responsibility is it to change our perception?
6. In any given situation, would you try to change the circumstances before you try to change your perspective?
7. Can the economics of happiness be separated from the economics of things/consumerism?
A related ted talk on the Ted radio hour is the talk by Barry Schwartz: Does Having Options Make Us Happier:
To listen to Stefan’s Ted talk, click here…