HOW TO BE HAPPY

It’s all about how your frame your goals.

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If you’ve ever scoffed at peo­ple who ad­vise you to “choose hap­pi­ness”, it may be time to relook the skep­ti­cism. Re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Minnesota and Texas A&M Univer­sity have found that the way you frame your goal around an ex­pe­ri­ence af­fects how you feel long af­ter­wards. For in­stance, those who go on a hol­i­day with the gen­eral ob­jec­tive of in­creas­ing hap­pi­ness in life will feel the pos­i­tive, re­ju­ve­nat­ing ef­fects longer than those who set spe­cific goals such as ex­pe­ri­enc­ing re­lax­ation. The same rule ap­plies to ma­te­rial pur­chases. So go on, strive to be happy to­day and for­ever.

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