Happiness & Poker

I’m back from a skiing trip! It wasn’t great but it was cool, a pretty small place so there weren’t many options when it came to slopes.

I did see reindeers, they were dragging sleds, but I didn’t see santa up there in lapland, he should be there somewhere.

I really enjoyed the 6 day break from poker, I don’t know why but as you already know I am just starting to feel that I am pulled in a different direction, poker isn’t really feeling as awesome anymore.

I’m known to change my mind so don’t quote me on that.

I also listened to a pretty cool audiobook called Happy for No Reason, it’s good and it makes you realize how much you can do about your happiness (and I don’t mean the stuff you have or your job).

Did you know for example that researchers have come to the conclusion that 50% of our happiness is determined by our genes and 10% of the other 50% is determined by material stuff, such as job, relationships, money etc.

Pretty mindboggling isn’t it? I’ve always thought that the things in our lives have more impact than that, but the biggest impact comes from within your mind.

Another cool statistic (don’t remember the number exactly but you’ll get the idea). We have around 60,000 thoughts every day, 85-95% of these thoughts are the same thoughts we had yesterday, the day before that and the day before that.

On top of that, over 80% of our thoughts are negative! That’s an average number ofcourse but you get the main idea. These thoughts are automatic, you probably don’t even notice them and they’re making you feel like crap.

Change what’s going on in your mind and increase your happiness.

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