As I browse online, read my emails or waste my time on Facebook adverts pop up from nowhere.
Marketing gurus help companies to trade in happiness and social media is the platform in which they intrude on our daily lives.
A great quote from the Mad Men TV series encapsulates how marketing attempts to tap into our feelings.
“Happiness is the smell of a new car. It’s freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of the road that screams reassurance that whatever you are doing is ok. You are ok.” Don Draper – Mad Men
Recent studies suggest money does indeed buy happiness. They suggest money spent on things aligned with our values appears to enhance health and wellbeing.
Other studies suggest the measure of happiness is not financial or material. It’s more about humanistic values such as relationships, community, ethics, morals and personal characteristics.
Happiness as an emotion is a transient experience. We all have good days, great days, and bad days. Sometimes all in one afternoon!
Maybe happiness is more determined by purpose and meaning powerfully driven by a values-laden guidance system. We all have one!
In a Survey of Life study, established some years ago by the University of Wollongong, particular life principles were identified as a guide for participants to measure their life satisfaction.
These principles can be found in the info graphic below. There are 60 of them so take your time to scan them.
The researchers established the top 10 life principles chosen by participants as most important They were:
The top 10 life principles identified as being the most difficult and stressful to uphold included:
Here’s a task. Put the kettle on and sit comfortably!
This exercise may give some ideas of where you’re heading.
Let me know in the comments section below