So since becoming Paleo, I have become much happier, as I assume many of you have as well. And I found that I have been having this overwhelming urge to spread happiness. I am definetly not trying to push a paleo lifestyle on people. But trying to get people outside, and to do fun things.
I think it is safe to say that doing fun activities, pretty much makes everyone happy. Which I guess in turn makes me happy. Hmmm, Making people happy, makes you happy.
Maybe this is why there is such an overwhelming depth of free knowledge, and assitance on the internet from PaleoPeople.
Does anyone else have this overwhelming urge to spread their happiness?
And what do you do to share it with others?
Natural brain chemistry. The inhibitors that keep us anti-social and locked in our houses or offices or thudding along a treadmill plugged into our iPods are all part of a chronic malfunction that we have been immersed in so long we consider it the norm. I think the internet chat is probably more about finding people to relate to and happens on all manner of disfunctional subjects. It's not really classic play in the great outdoors after all.
But yes, I've always enjoyed trying to spread the joy of play. At present I'm mostly engaged in demonstrating how nice it is to be outdoors in a bright sunny 20F day. I really should get a new job.
I had the same experience, especially when eating more grass-fed beef.
To share it, I try to help people behind their back. In other words, I try to make others happy without getting credit for it. Lately I've also tried to separate myself from financial stuff.
I looked around the tables
And someone saw me grin,
And when he smiled, I realised
I’d passed it on to him!
I thought about my smile a lot
And realised all it’s worth.
A single smile like mine or yours
Can travel around the earth
So if you feel a smile begin,
Don’t leave it undetected.
Let’s start an epidemic, quick,
Let’s get the world infected!
(read this in some cafe at the airport!)
We generally tend to emulate facial expressions and body language; smiling/laughing releases hormones such as endorphins which give you the 'happy' feeling; it seems that seeing someone else smile/laugh has the same effect. I constantly drag my friends out to do outdoorsy activities, and most of them say that they didn't even think they were missing so much by just living indoors all the time.
This morning I smiled in the direction of a complete stranger. I did so because I felt happy at the moment. I got a smile back, which delighted me. I went about my morning infused with some special "extra" quality. This had nothing to do with protein, fat, carbs, Omega 3, sleep, cortisol, or all the other usual suspects.
"Is happiness contagious?" If you would answer this question by asking for a review of scientific studies, I wish you well on your return trip to your home planet. Which is different from the one I inhabit.
Indeed it is contagious. It's been shown scientifically, even.
The study showed that the happier your social network, the happier you'll be. I find this site, in particular, quite upbeat, cheerful and helpful compared to other forums I've lurked on. Paleohackers are a happy tribe!
I suspect humans are pattern recognition engines, we see patterns everywhere - even where they aren't. Whether we interpret those as happy or sad is the key. There's obvious advantages to happiness as can be expressed through lack of cortisol, and rewards/pleasure.