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How to feel happy – the feel good factor

Many people reach for chocolate, drink, splash some cash or go to a party.

But other things have become popular in trying to solve the problem: ‘how to feel happy’.

Depressed elderly lady. How to feel happy...
Depressed elderly lady. How to feel happy…

According to the Yellow Pages own old statistics * there has been a massive rise in the number of companies that specialise in making us feel better. (And this trend has continued).

For example:
Aromatherapy is up 5200 percent.
Shiatsu (a Japanese massage technique) is up 3100 percent.
Cosmetic surgeons up 1780 percent.
Yoga instructors up 635 percent.

These are not just small, insignificant increases, these are massive rises in demand for such things.

How to feel happy and just feel better:

One expert at the London School of Economics described this huge increase in things making us feel better as:

…the areas of growth are things that make us feel better about ourselves. Rather than trying to keep up with the Jones’s, we are running to keep up with ourselves and the pressures of modern life.’

Pencil drawing of flowers. How to be happy.
Some flowers will lift us for a while. How to be happy.

Wanting to feel better about ourselves is a natural desire.
This is okay provided that we are not trying to cover up a more important spiritual desire – that is, to know God.
God created us to be in relationship with Him. Jesus said:

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’
Matthew 11:28-30

* Yellow Pages figures for 1992 to 2002
Depressed lady image thanks to Serif ART CD

Peter Reason

December 2011

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