What is happiness? This is something I have been thinking a lot about. How can I be experiencing sadness, and yet still feel happy? I did not think the two could coexist and yet it has been possible. One of my first thoughts when we found out about Lily's diagnosis was wondering how we would ever be happy again, but thanks to my amazing husband, he reassured me that we would be happy and that if God commanded us to care for Lily and he also commands us to be happy, then he would also provide us a way to do both.
Finding out what real happiness looks like has been one of my goals this year and apparently there are some things that really make a difference.
For example, did you know that studies show that the more neighbors you know, the happier and safer you feel? Plus if your neighbor is happy it increases your happiness by 34%. Also experts say that you should have at least 2 close friends for maximum happiness. I am really lucky that I have great neighbors and friends and that is one of the things I love about where I live. Everyone knows everyone, and it is easy to have lots of quality relationships.
Also having one club where you attend once a month is like having your salary double! Thats another great thing about my friends and neighbors, we meet once a month for a girls night out and it really does make all the difference.
Another study shows that money can only make you happy to a point, happiness maxes out once you earn $75,000 per year for a family of four!
There are lots of things that can affect our happiness and the great thing is, it doesn't seem like you really need a lot to actually be happy. I am blessed with amazing friends and family, and the love I experience with my husband and kids brings so much joy and contentment. When I look around and see all that I am blessed with, it easier to realize how I can experience trials and rough patches, and yet still have a great sense of happiness.