Keys to happiness: Altruism and a non-neurotic spouse

Elizabeth Weise reported in an article in USA Today, that researchers, in Germany, Holland and Australia, worked from the German Socieo-Economic Panel Survey, which has been doing every-five-year interviews with Germans since 1984 and currently has over 60,000 people enrolled. Here are some of the core findings of their research.

Want to be happy? A 26-year study of Germans suggests it’s not that hard:

  • Marry someone who’s not neurotic.
  • Focus more on friends and family, less on material goods.
  • Get involved in making the world a better place.
  • Have a job but also enough time for leisure.
  • Stay physically active.
  • For men, don’t be underweight. For women, don’t be obese.
Now is the time, meaning today to begin to take steps to ensure your own happiness. Although you may be where you want to be, perhaps you can get starting today.

As the photo symbolizes, happiness is in your hands.

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Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor brings thirty years of experience in practicing counseling psychology with individuals and couples. His approach is cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. Specific specialties include; anxiety and stress management, chronic pain & chronic illness management, depression, substance abuse evaluations, employee assistance and executive coaching for workplace performance and leadership.