says Gregg Easterbrook, psychologist and researcher. He’s among the many who recognise that
"It requires some effort to achieve a happy outlook on life, and most people don't make it. Most people take the path of least resistance. Far too many people today don't make the steps to make their life a more fulfilling one."
Could it be that people are just too worn out to do the things it takes to be happy?
Health is also a major key for happiness simply because its hard to be joyful when you’re in pain or limited by your lack of health. Looking at the state of health of most Americans and what they put into their bodies on a daily basis, its no wonder we are lethargic. With a 40 hour (coffee-induced) week & keeping up with the homefront, most people are drained. There may also be a major but little known or understood connection between mental states, depression, mental illness and exhaustion.
Many of us dont even realize our true and weakened state as we are constantly encouraged to push themselves, and taking time for rest makes us feel guilty or useless. A whole society is in denial, and reliant on caffiene and other stimulants, which prod us into action and fool us into thinking we're "OK".
For happiness, let me guard and take a kindly care of one of my most precious assets-- health.