Even more people aren’t even online TO search out Google’s assistance.
As part of my web publishing business, I spend at least one day each month researching what people are researching. It feels as though I’m looking over the shoulders of scads of people as they sit down at their computer and search for answers, solutions, tips, and…. ultimately, happiness. In addition to contact forms, e-mail, and comments, this gives me a better idea of what people are actually looking for and what they’re actually interested in reading about.
Good stuff for a writer to know, right?
Given its importance, I’m infusing a lot more articles about happiness into Self Help Daily. I’ve created a whole new blog category called How to Be Happy. A goal is to have over 100 articles, posts, inspirational stories, and happiness quotes under this category within a year.
Why are so many people searching for the secret to happiness?
I can sum up the answer to that question with four phrases:
[tabbed tabs=”Life’s Tough | The Economy | Baby Boomers | Google “] [tab] Sickness, death, empty nests, loneliness, and financial problems are cruel facts of life and each are more than capable of robbing even the happiest person of a little sunshine. [/tab] [tab] Just about all of us are having to pinch pennies, sometimes so hard that our fingertips turn copper. Many are having to adjust their lifestyles and, sadly, many are losing their jobs, homes, and other things they’ve worked for. [/tab] [tab] Baby Boomers, and the generation we’ve created, are problem solvers extraordinaire! That’s why so many mind-boggling inventions are taking place and why so many diseases are on the run. We see a problem and instantly KNOW there’s a solution to it. When you want an answer, it’s just a matter of knowing the question to ask. [/tab] [tab] Google has made it easier than anyone to ask that question and get that answer! [/tab] [/tabbed]
Starting with number 4 (because I’m in a backwards mood today), Google – and the internet, in general – has made it so blissfully easy to find what we need, when we need it. The information is amazing when you think about it! If we have something on our mind, BAM, we’re just a couple of clicks from advice, tips, suggestions, and much needed inspiration and motivation. So, Baby Boomers and their children head right for the most popular website destination of them all: Google! The trusty little box awaits their deepest concerns and in mere seconds, there are lists of answers waiting for them.
The economy, is blamed for just about every ill in the world right now. The problem is, people have had a deep-down yearning for happiness long before the recent economic roller coaster. It’s an inborn desire. We all want to be happy – happy feels good. Before I come across as the PR agent for the economy, let me admit that it adds to people’s list of woes. We aren’t able to buy anything and everything we want (again, at the risk of sounding like a PR department, I”m not sure I’ve ever been able to do that). Tragically, many people ARE struggling. I read about people losing their jobs as well as their homes. It’s heartbreaking and it’s also easy to see why a lot of families are having trouble staying together.
I guess it’s tough to stay together when you’re struggling just to keep it together.
Life’s tough. Amen and amen. How often do things happen to us and one of the first things we think of is, “I thought this only happened to other people.” When I got a call that my sister-in-law had been killed in an accident, it was as though life froze for a minute as my brain tried to process it. Is this really happening? This is like something you read about in the newspaper. When the story in the newspaper (there was one, of course) hits close to home, it’s almost surreal. This woman had fought cancer and survived and she loses her life in an accident?
Loved ones die, they get sick, they do things we wish they wouldn’t and sometimes it seems they’ve completely lost their minds. We often have to watch as bills pile up as money refuses to keep up (talk about an epic fail in supply and demand). Many people had to watch, with tear-filled eyes, as people they loved headed off to fight in a war they never wanted to fight in the first place. Throw in perennial hot topics such as loneliness, coping with an empty nest, self image problems, rocky relationships, and struggles with bad habits and addictions and is it any wonder 45,000,000 people are searching for answers?
As I said earlier, my goal is to add many, many articles, posts, inspirational stories, resources, book reviews, and happiness quotes under the new How to Be Happy category right away.
As one egg said to the other, I’d better get cracking. Sorry, I hadn’t met my corny joke quotient for the week. I have now. Thank you for your cooperation.
See the too-cool-for-school tabbed box in the middle of the post above? That would be me playing with an AWESOME new plugin we bought, Shortcode Kid. I’m completely in love with this mind-boggling plugin. So many possibilities! If you have a WordPress blog, click through to check it out for yourself.