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Why the quickest route to happiness may be to do nothing
This story is featured in BBC Future's "Best of 2018" collection. Discover more of our picks. How do you envisage the pursuit of happiness? For many, it is a relentless journey, and the more you put in, the more you get out.

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In search of happiness

Throughout our life, we all have a common purpose: to be happy. Happiness is the ultimate level that has to be reached in order to perceive our journey on Earth as having been a successful one. How...

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Cherish the current happy moment

Cherish the current happy moment

Research has recently shown that people tend to feel unhappy whenever they focus on what brings them happiness in the long term. 

However, if they chose to stay in the present moment, th...

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Tips to be happy

Being happy is, in big lines, a matter of choice. If you try to pay less attention to everybody else's life on social media and accept the unpleasant moments that life makes you face, you mi...

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