Would those who know you describe you as a happy person? Where does your happiness come from? Although “winter depression” seems commons, our health blogger today sites a research survey that shows five internal factors to be more important to happiness than externals. Ingrid Peschke, writing for the February 24, 2015 issue of The Huffpost, has found five Bible verses that support these “internal happiness factors.” Read this post and be inspired. Here’s Ingrid:
Weekly snowfall has become the norm in my Boston suburb. Even the hearty Canadian transplants are starting to weary of our endless winter.
The historic snowfall has spawned jokes (free snow!), prompted neighborliness, and made school closings the norm rather than the exception. Some cabin-fever Bostonians looking for an escape have even taken to posting videos as they fling themselves from their second story decks into huge piles of fluffy snow. (This resulted in a stern safety warning from the mayor.)
Joking aside, the storms have taken a toll on typically tough Bostonians, who experienced four epic blizzards and seven feet of snow in just three weeks. As I write this, it’s snowing again.
Studies linked to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) indicate that mood swings, a lack of energy and feelings of hopelessness rise in the winter. So what a surprise that Alaska was recently named the happiest state, for the first time making the list and pulling ahead of Hawaii, by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Survey.
Factors in the survey include: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. But the findings show that happiness isn’t simply linked to external indicators, like the weather.