An Experiment in Happiness
Several years ago I did an experiment to see if meditation could make me any happier. To that point, my days were on average seven out of 10. Would meditation nudge it up to a nine or zen-like 10? I wanted to find out.
So every day for 30 days straight I meditated in the morning for an hour. In the evening I gave the day a score along with my reason for the number.
At the end of the 30 day (albeit not very scientific) experiment, I looked at the results. Almost every day was rated a seven, same as before the experiment. A few days were an eight. There were no nines or 10s.
However, there were two days that stood out. Both were a miserable two out of 10 and both were because of arguments I had with family members (the first time was with my Dad, the second with my daughter).
What I learned from the experiment was surprising and valuable. First, meditating didn’t make me happier. Calmer? Definitely. Happier? Not really.
Second and more important, I realized how important good family relations are to me, and how profoundly they affect my mood and outlook on life.
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