What makes us happy deep down has nothing to do with money or material possessions

What makes us happy anyway?

I couldn’t believe it

When I first found out that the 10 things psychologists say make us happy are all completely free and don’t emit any CO2.  If you’re as curious as I was about what makes us happy, read on, but first:

7 Things that don’t make us happy

  1. Money  
  2. Material possessions 
  3. Intelligence 
  4. Education/ qualifications
  5. Age 
  6. Gender 
  7. Attractiveness

Phew!  So that gets those things out of the way!  It seems to me we spend a lot of time preoccupied with this list!  And now for the…

10 Things that psychologists say make us happy

(in order of importance)

  1. Family and relationships
  2. Meaningful work
  3. Positive thinking
  4. Gratitude
  5. Forgiveness
  6. Giving to others
  7. Spiritual connection
  8. Personal freedom
  9. Good health
  10. Entertainment

(Source joyfuldays.com)

As you can see – they are all free and don’t emit any CO2!

I’ve been constantly surprised over the last 25 years that almost every step I took to save CO2 increased my happiness and wellbeing.  For example, days I don’t get into my car form brighter memories because the endorphins released by cycling lift my mood.  Vegetables picked that day in the local market garden taste so good they make my eyes half close!  The drill I bought in 1989 is still going strong 32 years later, which has saved me a fortune and given me the best, most powerful and accurate drill on site.  It’s become like an old friend!


I’ve found that saving CO2 has improved my life, but also pursuing genuine, long-term happiness usually ends up cutting my carbon footprint. 

To try out this technique for happiness, calculate your carbon footprint on our website today (takes about 5 mins).  Until this Sunday you can even enter the regional prize draw with an e-bike in Devon. Click here:   https://calculator.carbonsavvy.uk/calculator/popular-intro