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Tool versus goal

Most events don't affect happiness for long. If you've received a promotion, you'll be happy for a while until your brain has adjusted to the circumstances, then you are ready to make your next move.

It might be better to view happiness differently. Happiness is a tool, not a goal. As a tool, happiness can tell us if something went well or motivate us to keep going. When our happiness drops, it may be time to try something new.

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Research found that happiness depends not on how well someone is doing but if they're doing better than expected.

However, high expectations can be a problem. Expecting too much and not finding it can cause unhappiness. On the other end, if you always expect the worst, it isn't easy to make good choices. Realistic expectations are generally the best.

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Research on happiness

Most people want to live a happier life. But happiness is not easy to achieve despite the many proposed formulas: Get enough sleep. Exercise. Meditate. Help others. While they are linked to happiness, they don't work for everyone.

Researchers have turned to smartphones to try and understand happiness better. Thousand of people have contributed to The Happiness Project, a smartphone app that tracks happiness.

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Map out your happy places

There are very few tools that can help us research, track and plan our own happiness. Online services now let users map out their happy places and discover where others have felt happy.

In theory, you can find the happiest spots in any part of the world where you could feed off the good vibes.

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"Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking."

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Happiness

Happiness, like other emotions, is not something you acquire. It is something you are.
This implies that happiness is not a goal that you can reach. It is a side effect of a particular set of ongoing life experiences.

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