The Key To Happiness Can Be Found In This Flowchart

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There are plenty of self-help books that promise to teach inner fulfilment and happiness. In reality, all you really need to do is follow a single step - and repeat if necessary. This flowchart contains the instructions.

The flowchart below, as featured in the book The Best American Infographics, was created by photographer and designer Gustavo Vieira-Dias. As it starkly illustrates, your happiness can be determined by asking a simple question: "Is life good?"

If the answer is anything other than "yes", you need to find and fix what's bringing you down. Unlucky in love? Join a dating site. Experiencing money troubles? Improve your finances. Saddened by the state of the world? Get into politics.

It really is that simple: all you need to do is identify the problem and make the requisite changes. Everything else is just unnecessary noise and confusion. Sure, you still need to actually fix what's wrong, but consciously zeroing in on the problem is arguably the largest part of the battle.

The more we look at this flowchart, the more it speaks to us. It's a zen thing. Like, "less is more". You dig?

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    According to the image used in this post, I would also need to be young, heterosexual, in good shape, and be outdoors.

      half of those things will help, yes.

    It's sad that so many people spend oodles of money on things and counseling and stuff but don't wanna accept this is the only way to happiness...

      thats a really narrow viewed comment. its not always as easy as just do it. when you start to add in the complexities of mental health issues, its anything but simple.

        You've just reinforced my point... We've been made to believe everything is complicated when it comes to mental health. The issues may be complex but the solution isn't.

        There's only one thing that stays the same in this world, and that's "change". The ones who struggle the most are often those who struggle to see the need to accept they must change.

          i can assure you that you are incorrect. people with mental health problems dont struggle to see the need to accept they must change, they no they need to change, they even know that change will help them, but when you are overcome with utter and complete dread, lethargy, exhaustion, hopelessness, the change, or the "light at the end of the tunnel" seems non existent, or as far away as the earth from the sun, which in turn, causes more of the same shitty feelings. add in chemical and hormone imbalances and troubled mind sets and its not an easy task, and for some, its just not a 'possible' task.

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