7 Unexpected Things That Can Make You Happy

Posted: April 13, 2014 in balance

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GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
7 Unexpected Things That Can Make You Happy
“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are so fundamental to our well-being that our forefathers included these values in the Declaration of Independence. So, shouldn’t it be obvious how to achieve that third value, happiness? Not in my experience. Often, the things that we expect will make us happiest fail to achieve that end.

Researchers discovered a prime example of this phenomenon when they surveyed winners of the Michigan state $500 Million Power Ball about their satisfaction with life. The lottery winners expected that the prize money would greatly increase their happiness over the long term. In the short term, the survey showed that lottery winners were indeed slightly happier. However, their average level of satisfaction with life soon returned to that of other Michigan residents.

The relatively young field of happiness psychology delves into why we often go about seeking fulfillment in the wrong places, and more importantly, points us to where we should be looking instead. Below are seven initially counter-intuitive findings from this new research that the

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