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What the Second-Happiest People Get Right

What the Second-Happiest People Get Right

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The paradox of happiness

If you make happiness your primary goal, you might miss out on the challenges that give life meaning.

Pursuing happiness to the exclusion of other goals -known as psychological hedonism - is not only an exercise in futility. It may also give you a life that you find you don't want, one in w...

Researchers found that the "most happy" college students had the best social lives but performed worse in school than those who were merely "happy."

Another study found that the "most cheerful" were not the highest earners. It again went to the second-highest groups, which rated their cheer...

Some unhappiness can increase meaning

Research found that some gloom can lead us to pay appropriate attention to problems and find solutions. In other words, when we are sad about something, we are more likely to try and fix it.

Too many good feelings can lead us to disregard problems. A study found that the fear of failure is ...

We should not shun good feelings or think it's foolish for wanting to be happy. However, it should not be a goal to chase after positive feelings and fight against negative ones.

Happiness would lose its meaning if we were unable to contrast it with some measure of sadness. Although sufferi...

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