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The Number One Thing That Brings Happiness

Dr. Lisa Lawless

Dr. Lisa Lawless, CEO of Holistic Wisdom
Clinical Psychotherapist: Relationship & Sexual Health Expert

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Are There Really Happy People?

There are no happy people, just happy moments. When we appreciate these moments, we embrace life's most extraordinary gifts. These moments form a mosaic of happiness, a beautiful, complex, and unique piece of art that represents our life.

The beauty of this mosaic is that it's constantly changing and evolving. It is shaped by our experiences, values, relationships, and even failures. And no two mosaics are the same.

While no one thing will give us the key to happiness because joy is multifaceted, there is one thing that people who have many happy moments in their life have in common. So, what is the number one influence that can bring us the most happiness?

The Biggest Life Asset

Imagine standing at the crossroads of your life, with each road offering different opportunities, companions, and challenges. The decisions you make will define not only your journey but also your destination.

But what if I told you that a substantial amount of your success and happiness in life would be determined by the people you choose to travel with in your life? 

A Harvard study that was conducted for over 80 years has revealed that it is the people we surround ourselves with who profoundly impact our thinking, behavior, and success.

We absorb ideas, habits, attitudes, and energy from those around us. That is why we are, in many ways, reflections of our relationships. Because when you connect with healthy people, you'll find your own ambitions and happiness are fueled.

It is also why when you surround yourself with unhealthy people who exhibit toxic behavior your mental health as well as your physical health will decline

How Powerful Is It?

The findings of the Harvard study illuminate the profound truth that nurturing authentic connections with others far surpass the allure of wealth or recognition in delivering true happiness in our lives.

These deep-rooted bonds become our shield against the hardships and uncertainties that life tosses our way. They are crucial in preserving our mental and physical vitality as we age.

How long we live and the overall joyfulness of our lives are better forecasted by these intimate relationships than they are by anything else, including social standing, intellectual ability, or even the genetic cards we've been dealt.

Define Your Journey

It's easy to underestimate the power of the people that create our community, to forget that our relationships are not just the backdrop of our lives but the stage on which we perform.

This is why it is essential to choose your relationships with intention. So, make sure to foster connections that elevate you, that challenge you, that fuel your growth. It will give you higher levels of purpose and meaning.

Don't just aspire to be successful or happy. Aspire to connect authentically, to be part of something bigger than yourself, because, in the end, our relationships shape our journey and help define our destination.

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