I haven't conducted any formal studies on the subject, but to me, happiness is an action word. It is not a destination or something we acquire once Circumstance A is complete or Object B is bought. Happiness is a choice. It is one of the many things we get to cultivate as human beings and it takes effort.
I don't claim to be a happy person ALL the time, but I started this blog as an exercise in happy living and made a deal with myself to pursue this path publicly, for better or worse. So, this week begins a series I call Sunshine Seven Ways. Every day I'll offer up a new way to cultivate a little sunshine. Small suggestions that, if applied consciously, can make a big difference. I'll be taking notes on my progress and hope to hear some of your experiences this week. You can email me at keia[at]the-sunnysideup.com or simply leave your comments.
Here's a fine tune to get you settled into the bright side. Everybody loves the sunshine (and the 70's!). Happy living!