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Bottom Line: Women Are Less Happy

I found a fascinating article recently about who seems to be happier, men or women. 1.3 million men and women around the world participated in six ongoing surveys between 1972-2007. The results paint a picture of the changing “happiness levels” of today’s women.

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Here’s what I learned about how today’s women feel about their lives:

1. With greater opportunities available in education, public service and employment, women have become increasingly unhappy compared with men of the same age.
 
 
2. In the survey it was discovered that men seem to become happier as they age.

3. By the time a woman reaches 47, it seems they are less happy with their life.

4. Women with children experience depression more often than women without children. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) depression is the second most debilitating disease among women (heart disease is first) and for men depression ranks number ten.

Of course, these finding don’t apply to every woman. It is interesting though, the trend seems to be that as men age then become happier and as women age, they become unhappier. The question becomes why and what can we do about it?

Look at your current happiness level and decide what you can begin doing today to treat yourself with greater love and respect. Here are a few suggestions I’ve personally learned over the years:

1. You can’t change anyone but yourself.
2. The only person over whose happiness you have control is your own.
3. Life isn’t perfect.
4. You cannot be everything to everyone.
5. It is important to surround yourself with happy positive people and situations.
6. Your self-talk can sometimes become your worse enemy.
7. Whatever you focus on most, becomes your reality.
8. Everything does not have to be done perfectly.
9. Learn to focus on what can be done and not on things that can’t be done.
10. Take one step at a time.
11. It is okay to ask for help.
12. Wonder Woman is a cartoon character, not a real person.
13. You have to choose to find balance in your life, it doesn’t just happen.
14. It’s hard to be unhappy when you’re laughing at a funny movie.
15. Happiness begins on the inside and works its way out.

What do you think, we’d love to hear from you.

I’d also like to recommend the book The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. If you are looking for an uplifting yet practical book to help keep you focused on the positives of life, this is the book for you. You’ll find it at your local bookstore or library.
 
 
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  • Deborah February 10, 2013, 4:03 pm

    I’ve gotten happier as I’ve gotten older. I decided awhile ago that life is too short to be miserable. I make the most of each day. We need to love our life because it’s the only one we have.

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