This is the season to be jolly…so what is it that makes you happiest in this season of joy? Social scientists who study things like what it means to be happy say that happiness derives from three major sources; genes, events and values.

Half of our happiness is hardwired in our genetic makeup (we inherit a lot of our capacity for happiness).  About 40% of people who are happy attribute it to a one-time event (like winning the lottery or getting an inheritance). However the happiness from such one-time events are short-lived, they tend to dissipate after a while so you don’t want to bet your well-being on a one time event.

That leaves a lot of happiness being that is under under our control. Researchers say the pursuit of 4 basic values is the surest way to happiness; they are faith, family, community/friendships, and work. Faith, family and friendships are pretty self-explanatory, but work is also critically important. 80% of the people who say they are happy are the ones who say they are completely or very satisfied with what they do.

Tis the season to be jolly, and what that means is, love the ones you’re with, and love the work you do. Our forefathers set before us some unalienable rights among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is the New Year, it’s the time to make choices about being and doing the things that give you the most joy.

Much happiness in the New Year to you all, may it be a year of joy and blessing.
I say this For All My Relations, Mi Takuye Oyasin