The Simple Secret To Happiness Most People Get Wrong, Backed By Research | TIME
Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
Focus on increasing the amount of good stuff in your life vs. reducing the amount of bad stuff.
Studies show that it really is the little things in life that make us happy.
Researchers often tout the happiness-increasing powers of both religion and exercise. One of the lesser known reasons why they’re so effective is because both provide regular, frequent boosts.
When it comes to happiness, frequency beats intensity.
Why? One reason is that it’s harder to take for granted a lot of little things vs one, big rare event. Another reason is that “in everyday life, bad events have stronger and more lasting consequences than comparable good events” — so we need more good to make up for unexpected misfortunes.
The best way to maximize happiness when having meals with friends is for one person to take a turn each time paying for everyone’s dinner. It’s a big hit but it results in many more “free” meals for everyone, boosting happiness.