Good Ideas for Happiness

happyIs there a recipe for happiness? Researchers increasingly have looked at factors which lead to happiness. Here are seven provocative ideas:

1) To Be Happy, Earn $60k Per Year

Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman points out the people earning less than $60k per year are progressively more unhappy the less they earn, but folks over $60k are all basically at the same level of happiness. My Money Blog http://bit.ly/aT0TGc

2) Move to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is chosen as “happiest country on earth” in 2009 Happy Planet Index. http://ow.ly/iP3b

3) Win a Bronze Medal

US researchers have concluded that olympic bronze medal winners are happier than silver medal winners. Silver = “almost gold”, while bronze = “almost nothing”. http://bit.ly/aaNWiY

4) Don’t Fight with your Spouse — Raise you Blood Sugar

Psychologists at Ohio State University show a correlation between spouse hostility and low blood sugar. http://econ.st/1m5NrQI

5) Add Lithium to the Water Supply

Studies in Japan show that lithium in the water supply helps avert suicides. http://www.nytimes.com/projects/magazine/ideas/2009/#l

6) Grow Older

Researchers show that happiness increases with time, with sharp increases after age 50. NY Times http://nyti.ms/9InmKM

7) Global Orgasm for Peace

Synchronized annual global orgasm on Winter Solstice in order to “effect positive change in the energy field of the Earth through input of the largest possible source of human energy, a Synchronized Global Orgasm”. Seen at http://www.globalorgasm.org

To comment or vote on these (or other) ideas – or add your own! – visit Good Ideas.

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