You’d think it’d be simple enough to understand. But if it were, there wouldn’t be so many people out there searching for it. And there wouldn’t be 1.9 billion results when you Google “How to be happy”.
Yep, 1.9 billion. It makes you think, doesn’t it? There are either a lot of unhappy people in the world, or a great many who can’t hang on to lasting happiness.
As children, we all knew how to be happy. For me, it was playing hopscotch with my friends at recess time. It was getting my hands on yet another Famous Five adventure book and being swept away by the story – then reading it again 10 times more. It was hearing the tinkle of my dad’s keys outside the door every evening, knowing that he was home from work. (Even today, I’d recognise the sound of those keys anywhere.)
How then, did something as basic as living in joy, like children do, give way to sadness, discontent and disappointment in adulthood? I’ve heard too many people lament about how their childhood was a much happier time. It seems everyone is looking for happiness these days.
Thankfully, it isn’t that elusive. We know by now that it doesn’t come from buying things – that kind of happiness is fleeting and leaves you with an even bigger void to fill when it’s gone. Turn to page 52, for a little help on how to find lasting joy – it’s not that hard, I promise. The feature includes a selection of comfort food recipes you can whip up, for a little boost to your mood. Plus, a Simply Her team tip: Make a cup of instant noodles – it’s the aroma, the hot soupiness and the bite of the noodles that do it for us – check out the top six we found (you can bet the team was really happy that day!).
We’ve also lined up other stories that will put a smile on your face, like the winning treatments in our Smart Shopper Facial Awards (pg 30), so you can get radiant, supple and younger-looking skin. Seem instantly made-up with a lipstick wardrobe – it’s also a fuss-free way to look different every day (pg 26). Save more money – at least $12k a year – with our smart spending tips (pg 64). And get a good night’s sleep to start every day on a high note – see our memory foam pillows road test (pg 90) to find the best one for you. Have a truly happy month!
PENELOPE CHAN, EDITOR