28 October 2015

Happiness & Well-Being

Photo: figma Asuna extending her right hand with a welcoming gesture and showing a gentle smile on her face.

Happiness and well-being have always been the most common words used when folks were being asked about what they have always been pursuing throughout their journey in life. How do folks actually measure happiness and well-being? Is it equivalent to the amount of money in your bank account? Or perhaps the number of potato chip packets and cola bottles being stockpiled in your room?


How to Measure Happiness

Photo: The Project JeForceX Smart Living Formula for Measuring Happiness.

While each and every single human being in this world have their very own definition of the word 'Happiness', we would like to share our smart living formula of measuring happiness based on our very own observational and experiential studies.

Happiness is pretty much equivalent to the amount of 'Expectations' being met. The more expectations you have in life that are not being met will translate to a lower share or percentage of happiness and vice versa.

Is it possible to achieve 100% happiness in life?
Yes, so long as you have only one expectation in life which is to simply 'Live and Let Live' and ask for nothing else.
However, how many well-disciplined folks in this world can actually do that?

"Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion."
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778)

In this day and age, we are all connected to multiple forms of communications from word of mouth and observation by the eyes to mass media and the internet. The media and publishing folks have always been showcasing that "the grass is always greener on the other side (of the fence)" and many folks usually find it hard resist the temptation to eat that greener grass.

Society has always told us that a "real" gentleman must have this this this and a "real" lady must have that that that. When we are able to meet society's idealistic expectations (which rarely happens), we feel happy with a sense of accomplishment. But when we are unable to do so (most of the time), we feel unhappy, and then we complain about society being unfair.

Regardless of whether we travel on public transportation or drive a limited edition sports car to school / work, life still goes on as usual, we need to inhale oxygen, drink water, eat food, and sleep just like anyone else, including the world's richest man. Instead of chasing ideals set by someone else who could not even be bothered to take a second look at us, we should focus on our very own well-being which brings us to the next point: Well-Being.

How to Measure Well-Being

Photo: The Project JeForceX Smart Living Formula for Measuring Well-Being.

Every human being in this world has needs, wants, and demands. There are also challenges and problems that we face in our daily lives. The natural instinct of being human is to stay alive and feel comfortable. Even though we are alive and kicking, something within us continue to ask for more. This mysterious voice from within is a force that calls for action.

Basic Survival - Being human, our very first objective in life is survival. We need oxygen, water, food, and rest. In order to rest well without being exposed to the dangers of the wilds, we need shelter which provides safety and security.

Lifestyle - Once our basic survival needs have been met, there is no longer any need to constantly be on watch, and that is when boredom kicks in. We begin to explore the world around us, interact with other human beings, and engage in activities to keep ourselves busy.

Aspirations - As we get all our basic needs fulfilled, new needs, wants, and demands will begin to surface. This is where all the challenges and problems in life started appearing. Folks begin to talk about territories, politics, economics, ideologies, and the like.

"Better is bread with a happy heart than wealth with vexation."
- Amenemope (1001 - 992 BC)

How much is considered too much and how little is considered too little? The Project JeForceX Smart Living way of measuring Well-Being is to take the number 1 divided by the total number of unfulfilled needs and unsolved problems. The more unfulfilled needs and unsolved problems we have will translate to a lower share / percentage of well-being we have and vice versa.

Most first world problems do not really exist and they are pretty much mind games that we have created by ourselves for ourselves. That punk who lives next door drives a luxury sports car around town and mocks us for being pathetic pieces of crap who could not even afford a toy car. What would our reaction be?

Our next course of action can determine whether a new first world problem will be created or prevented from existing. We can choose to sacrifice a limb (or two) to get a luxury sports car just to prove that punk wrong or choose a rational reaction of simply ignoring the "insult" which will, in return, make that punk feel "denied" and his luxury sports car "worthless".

There are many things in this world that are not as important as what we thought they are. If we could make Basic Survival the one and only most important thing to pursue in life, our level of Well-Being could pretty much be the highest ever in history!

Round-Up: Happiness & Well-Being

Photo: The J-Culture Desk of Jason Wong / Director / Project JeForceX for the period ending October 2015.

Happiness and Well-Being are much closer to us than we least expected. What created the distance between happiness, well-being, and ourselves, are actually the idealistic expectations and aspirations which we have created out of our own minds. Appreciate what you already have around you instead of complaining about what you do not have (that others do).

This photo shown above is a picture of my J-Culture Desk which I have designed and built over many years of being a J-Culture Lover. While I do not have a luxury sports car to drive around town to boast how "awesome" I am, these electronic, plastic, and paper products around my desk have made me happy and gave me a sense of well-being.

First Published on: Monday, 29 July 2013
Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 October 2015

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