This Obvious Happiness Strategy Really Does Work, Study Finds

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Trying too hard to be happy can backfire, but study reveals a strategy that works.

An approach to life called ‘prioritising positivity’ has been linked for the first time to increased well-being.

Prioritising positivity is all about organising your everyday life around activities which bring pleasure.

People who prioritise positivity are not just happier, but also have better relationships, more resilience and are more mindful, the recent study found.

While it might not sound like a controversial conclusion, studies have found that pursuing happiness can backfire.

For example, explicitly trying to feel happier as well as paying to much attention to how happy you feel have both been linked to feeling worse.

Indeed, many people describe happiness as something that comes when it will, rather than when you want.

The recent survey, though, asked 233 people about whether they generally prioritised positivity in their daily, routine decision-making.


The study’s authors…

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4 Responses to This Obvious Happiness Strategy Really Does Work, Study Finds

  1. Noddfacrafts says:

    The secret to happiness is knowing when you are happy. There is no point in thinking ” I was happy when…..”

  2. This is so interesting! I think many of us were brought up to delay doing fun things until chores were done. It becomes a habit and one day as adults, we realise there is nothing to look forward to. Programming cheap and fun activities for our kids was no problem, but now it’s time to treat ourselves as well as we would treat a child. We all need to relax and enjoy things more. I so agree that if you pursue happiness as a goal it can be very elusive, but if you simply plan a fun outing with friends it really works!

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