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I came across an article by Deepak Chopra this morning about poll results on the topic of happiness.

What’s unfortunate about the results, particularly the “rise and fall of events,” is that external events seem to be the cause of people’s level of happiness.

What are we doing attaching and basing our happiness on what happens in the external world, anyway? If we all knew that happiness comes from within, then whatever happens “out there” should never affect us. We would always be in our happy state.

But we don’t know this. We don’t feel that happiness comes from within. If we did, then poll results would be different and there would be no “rise and fall.”

Here’s the beginning of his article, with a link to it below.

Be peaceful in your day today, but be happy as well.


Who Is Right About Happiness?
By Deepak Chopra, MD

We know very little about what it takes to be happy, and a lot of what we know is wrong. This seems to be the conclusion of some voices in the movement known as positive psychology. It’s a relatively new field set against the traditional focus of psychology, which has delved into neurosis, psychosis, and mental illness generally. Positive psychology studies normality and tries to improve it. Is happiness normal? That depends on who you ask.

Pollsters, for example, usually find that happiness is quite common; around 8 out of 10 people in the U.S. report that they are happy. This number fluctuates with the rise and fall of events. A recent Gallup finding is that Syrians and Iraqis have the highest rate of negative thoughts – not a surprise – while people in South America have the most positive thoughts, which is a surprise. Gallup also studies well-being, using various leading factors, and hardly any country exists where 30% or more of the population is “thriving,” Gallup’s highest measure of well-being. A sharp drop in well-being occurred in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya just prior to the turmoil of the Arab Spring.

Who Is Right About Happiness?