17 Scientific Facts About Happiness To Make You Rethink Your Whole Life

Happiness: the elusive beast we're all chasing. Which methods are the most effective? Who is the most likely to succeed? What even is happiness? Here are 17 scientific attempts to answer those questions.

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NEARLY HALF OF YOUR HAPPINESSISGENETIC. But, hey, that means the other half is malleable. Glass half full! CRACKEDCON Source: University of Minnesota

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PRESSURE TO FEEL HAPPY WILL MAKE YOULESS HAPPY Accepting unpleasant emotions is more beneficial to you in the long-run. Feel sad in order to feel happSource: UC Berkley

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PEOPLE TEND TO BE HAPPIER AROUND FRIENDS THAN FAMILY. Social bonds are necessary for happiness. People are often happiest around friends, family, and Source: Mental Floss

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OUR DEFINITION OF HAPPINESS HASCHANGED Compact xford ENCORO ictliSH Dictionary It's hard to achieve something that we can't even agree on what it is. Read More: 5 Scientific Reasons Your Idea of Happiness Is Wrong

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ACCORDING TO A STUDY PEOPLE WHO PRIORITIZE HAVING TIME OVER MAKING MORE MONEY AReHAPPIERS However, the study didn't include participants living at povSource: EurekAlert!

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SMILING WAS INVENTED IN THE MIDDLELAGES. Mouth curling was still around, but the teeth-showing, eye-crinkling smiles weren't a common way to express pSource: BBC

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THE MORE HOUSEWORK MEN DO, THE HAPPIER THEY ARE. Men married to women feel guilty when they see their partner doing more housework so they feel more cRead More: 7 Things You Won't Believe Science Says Make You Happy

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EMPLOYEES ARE HAPPIEST WHEN TRYING TO REACH DIFFICULT yET ACHIE VABLEIGOALS ERS UNS People aren't content when bored, and they like to be challenged, Source: Harvard Business Review

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WHEN yOU BUY THINGS TO IMPRESS OTHER PEOPLE, IT REMOVES ANY HAPPINESSFROM THE PURCHASEY vouwe G GOLD Mandarin WHOLF SEGM LIGHTS VHOT Your motivation fSource: EurekAlert!

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OUR SWEAT CONVEYS OUR EMOTIONS When we experience both negative and positive emotions, the chemicals in our sweat can be read by other people and miSource: EurekAlert!

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WATCHING SAD MOVIES MAKES yOu FEEL HAPPIER. Sad movies normally highlight the importance of relationships, which brings your attention to the positiveSource: EurekAlert!

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SCREEN TIME LEADS TO UNHAPPINESS. Multiple studies have shown people are unhappier with more screen time. (But I'm professionally required to beg you Source: VICE

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PREVALENCE-I CONCEPT CHANGE IS WHY you DON'T FEEL HAPPIER WHEN THINGS AREBETTER. The idea is that as things get better, your perception of what is cSource: CBC

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MONEY DOES BUY HAPPINESS (TO A POINT LaD ADD Studies have found emotional well-being can be found at around $70,000 for an individual and life satisfaSource: CNBC

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THE FREQUENCY OF POSITIVE INTERACTIONS IS MORE IMPORTANT FOR YOUR HAPPINESS THAN THE INTENSITY. Winning a Nobel Peace Prize might seem like it will maSource: Harvard Business Review

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EVEN GOATS PREFER HAPPY PEOPLE. One study showed that goats prefer the faces of happy people and were more likely to interact with them than those witPhys.org

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CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS, OVER MONEY OR FAME, LEAD TO HAPPINESS. Close relationships prevent physical and mental decline and are a better predictor for a lSource: Harvard

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