Don't Worry, Be Happy" musician Bobby McFerrin crooned in 1988. Inspired by the words of Indian mystic Meher Baba, McFerrins lyrics struck a chord that resonated with most of us. The song's enticing yet simple message had the power to bring a smile to your face and put a little skip in your step.
The world's great thinkers have been urging us to stop worrying and be happy since the early days of civilization when the Ancient Greek philosopher Epictetus said,
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
Excellent advice, although it can sometimes be difficult to follow. Most of us struggle with happiness from time to time, but some people seem to be born with a sunny disposition. They view life as cup half full and can't wait to wake up each morning and start filling it up. That positive attitude could help them live longer. New research by the Harvard School of Public Health indicates that having a positive attitude could reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
If you need to boost your happiness quotient, experts recommend spending more time in the company of positive people (yes, happiness is contagious!), engaging in a hobby you enjoy or volunteering. Doing something that makes other people happy makes you feel good about yourself and life in general. As motivational speaker Leo Buscaglia (the 1980s popular Dr. Love) said,
What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.
Kendal Northern Ohio offers ample opportunities to meet and enjoy the company of other active adults; explore new interests and stimulate your mind through our association with Oberlin College; and give back to others through our award-winning community volunteer programs. For more information, contact us today.