Dr Oz: Instant Gratification vs True Happiness
Do you consider yourself a happy person? Dr. Oz wanted to know how people really feel about their level of happiness, so he conducted a little social experiment to find out. He asked his audience to rate their happiness on a scale from 1-10 and his goal is to now get everyone in the area of 8, 9 and 10 because everyone deserves to be happy.
Dr Oz: Happiness Quiz
Dr. Christine Carter, author of Raising Happiness, says there is actual scientific research that reveals how to become happier in your life. She says true happiness is a life filled with a range of positive emotions, from those we feel in the present to the ones from the past and even the feelings we have about the future. Take this quiz to figure out your level of happiness:
- Have you bought something new for yourself in the last week?
- Have you been relaxed by watching TV in the last week?
- Have you given a gift to someone else in the last week?
- In the last week, have you had a positive attitude when something challenging came your way?
Did you answer “yes” to any of those questions?
Dr Oz: Types of Happiness
Dr. Carter explained your type of happiness based on how you answered the questions above.
Drive-thru Happiness – If you answered “yes” to either of the first two questions, you are a person who finds happiness in things that bring you instant gratification. Unfortunately, this type of happiness will not last over the long term.
Real Road of Happiness – If you answered “yes” to either of the last two questions, you are someone on the long road to happiness. This type of happiness will bring you long-term fulfillment and joy.
Dr Oz: How to Find True Happiness
Dr. Christine Carter explains that when you get the things that bring you instant gratification and good feelings, like new shoes or a candy bar, they only bring you happiness for a short period of time and before long, you will be craving more rather than paving the way for long-term contentment.
To find long-term happiness you need work with yourself and with others to reach your goals and find true joy in your life. Dr. Carter says positive thoughts actually change you physiologically, so when you do things for others or harbor compassion it increases your serotonin, which increases positive feelings and improves your overall well-being.