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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