Self Control and Happiness 

We’re all looking for happiness. A client pointed me to this study that equates self-control with happiness.The natural inclination, ask any teenager, is to believe that doing whatever a person’s natural inclination, whether it be to lounge around all day, or eat without being hungry or spend money as the whim overtakes you, THOSE actions must be what makes one happy.But in fact this study, and others before it, found that the more self-control study participants reported having, the happier they were. This happiness was reported both in the short-term and for overall ‘life satisfaction.’So how do these happy people mange their natural cravings? Are they just scolding themselves all day and in every situation?It turns out that self-controlled, happy people carefully think through situations so as not to put themselves in conditions that would leave them LESS able to control their impulses.For instance, if shopping is a weakness in which you blow the budget, get other hobbies. Walk with friends, get busy at a local charity for a weekend, help paint a friend’s apartment, read, cook for a infirm neighbor. Think about your areas of weakness and tweak the situation to make self-control simpler.Make savings automatic. Freeze the credit cards in a block of ice. Hang out with friends who value frugality and like to go to yard sales.What other steps might you take?Citation: Marion Syversen, [email protected]ck out our website that includes weekly streaming Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. and Norumbega Financial are separate entities, independently owned and operated. CR9382