The Art Of Happiness

Personal / Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

“In this captivating book, he takes us on a treasure hunt to unlock doors to the good life. From how we spend our precious time, to how we relate to our neighbors and cook dinner, he gathers evidence, stories, and tips from the very happiest corners of the planet. This is the ultimate guide to how we can all find a little more Lykke in our lives.”

From time to time I like spending some quiet afternoons getting lost in the sea of books. Although I am not the type of person to buy books, I still gaze through the random sections of bookstores to find an interesting book. Normally, I would note down the titles and authors of those books that I get interested in. After my eyes were already full of these amazing treats, it’s time for me to go home, find an ebook/epub version, and read it on my iPad. I can not say that I am a lover of books or a bookworm perhaps. Because I really don’t read a lot. But when personal problems start to arise, some quiet space, social media break, and a good book would be my best friend.

One day I was on YouTube when a notification popped up telling Krist Yu uploaded a video entitled The Art Of Being Cozy. Curious as I was, I watched the video and I got interested in this book that she mentioned about how to live well. The same day after work I went to the bookstore and looked for this book as I want to buy it because there’s no free ebook available for it. To cut it short, The Little Book of Hygge were already pulled out from the bookshelf and returned to the supplier, the kind lady told me. I opted to buy Meik Wiking’s second book, The Little Book Of Lykke.

The book about the art of happiness.

  • Lykke (Luu-kah) (n.): Happiness

This book is about the Danish search for the world’s happiest people and also revealing a research center located in Copenhagen responsible for measuring and tracking different people’s source or reason for happiness.

The Three Dimensions of Happiness

  1. Affective Dimension – being happy at the moment and is based on everyday life
  2. Cognitive Dimension – being happy overall
  3. Eudaimonia – based on Aristotle’s Perception of Happiness (know more about it here!)

There were also terms I encountered just recently like the Hedonic Treadmill which says once we have what we always wanted, we set the bar higher, making us dissatisfied with the achievements we did before. The Conspicuous Consumption meaning we buy things in order to publicly display our wealth to attain status. And the Tall-Poppy Syndrome where people of high status are criticized and seen as “you’re no better than us” by the lower-mid class society.

A lot of new learnings (including theories) are inside the book which I wouldn’t write here so you can grab your own copy, too. However, this book won’t teach you step by step to be happy. But I swear you would gain wisdom on how us, people impact other’s happiness overall. From our family to our neighbors throughout our community. You would be surprised to see a lot of charts comparing which countries are “this” and “that”.

The book about the art of happiness.

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  1. Eat like the French.

Set some time to eat, may it only be some snack or a whole meal lunchtime. Eat with a friend, family, or colleagues. Enjoy your meal slowly with a company.

2. Link things with experiences.

It is much better when we buy things that it is an outcome of an experience you never thought you would accomplish. Think of how this thing would affect your life.“Wealth consists not in having great possessions but in having few wants.”

3. Become a Raktivist.

A little random act of kindness won’t hurt anyone, do they?

We can all share our lykke by using/searching #Look4Lykke on social media. Let us all talk and share what’s happening in our community that makes our quality of life improve. The Happiness Research Institute wants us to put a positive spin on the saying “If you see something, say something”.

“If you see something that increases the happiness of you, your community or the world as a whole, talk about it, write about it, film it, photograph it – and pass it on.”

Love & Light,

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