It’s International Day of Happiness today. It’s perhaps the most universal human yearning: to be happy. But this simplest of goals so often eludes us. We’re not awfully good, we humans, at knowing what we want.
So what makes you happy? Automatically, you’d have no problem suggesting a new car, less body fat, a higher-paying job, a lottery win, a better marathon time, and so on.
Surprisingly, materialistic things rarely determine long-term happiness. Cars, expensive clothes, gadgets and gizmos are all very nice, but they might not actually improve long-term happiness. Happiness, in fact, is determined by innate factors and perceptions, as well as experiences.