Many people have asked me for English translations of the German blog posts. This page provides translations of selected articles.
What is the purpose of this blog? It is scientifically proven that happy people are more creative, productive, successful and perform better.
These pages are an addition to my book where I offer ideas and suggestions for a happier life. At the moment I have not yet translated many articles, but might add some some in the future.
Where should you start reading? Since the Happiness Model is the basis for this blog and describes how you can live happily and successfully, I recommend to start reading there. I hope you will have interesting and valuable insights.
The happiness model is at the center of this blog and my book. The model describes an approach how to live a happy and successful life.
This blog offers some ideas and practical advice how to implement the happiness model in your life. The blog also provides background on the scientific research behind the model
What makes people happy? Scientific research (and also many people’s own personal experience) shows that happy and productive people pay attention to the following six areas of their life. Happy people don't neglect any of these areas and take all of them equally into account:
Above elements are accompanied by three general principles that apply to all of the six areas of a happy life. All successful and happy people follow these these three principles:
In the center of every happy life stand self-realization and archiving meaningful, worthwhile personal goals. For this it is important to realize what you really want in life. Finding life goals is not easy and requires self-knowledge and truth.
The following picture shows all six areas of the happiness model with two triangles resting within each other:
The I-triangle with vertices body, mind and soul represents the person (intrapersonal happiness factors). The second, larger triangle with vertices tasks, people and money represents the world in which you live (extra-personal happiness factors). It surrounds the smaller I-triangle. In the center of the model are goals and at the sides the three principles.
In this model happiness can be described as state in which the two triangles rest in their midst in equilibrium. For lasting happiness, you need to rest harmoniously in yourself and the world keeping all six life area in balance, living the three principles while accomplishing fulfilling life goals.
The happiness model is neither complete nor true in any absolute sense, but just a useful, science based representation of constituents of a happy life. It's up to you what you want to make out of it.
Ask yourself the following questions and adjust the happiness model to suit your experience. Take a sheet of paper and draw your own personal version of the model.