Of all of the 665 pages in the psychology textbook, there is one page that stood out to me as something that everyone should remember for the rest of their lives. That one page is about what actually makes us happy. Among these things are marriage, friendships, college, religion, political affiliation, exercise, gratitude, giving and flow (not the sick hair, but that could create happiness too :P). People who are in relationships with solid group of friends, are in or have graduated from college, believe in some higher power, are politically involved, exercise regularly, are grateful for things, are generous and have found a rhythm in life are happier, at least according to our textbook. In this list there is no mention of annual income or career success or material possessions. I believe that we get so caught up in the pursuit of material possessions that we forget the pursuit of happiness, one of the unalienable rights that the American Founding Fathers declared. To answer the question, I believe 5 years from now (and beyond for that matter) although it's not exactly a concrete psych concept, I will remember these things and hopefully I'll be working on improving each one.
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