People who spend more time in the sun are likely to be happier and happy people are more likely to fall in love because their happiness is infectious.
Happiness is Contagious. Like a cold, happiness can be caught from the people around you.
Smiling actually does make you feel happy. Nothing is more annoying than the stranger that tells you to “smile.”
Emotions last only a few seconds. If you’ve ever been stuck in a bad mood for days on end, this might sound unlikely.
Being happy makes it more likely that bad things will happen to you.
Being happy makes you a worse person.
Expressing happiness is bad for you and others.
Pursuing happiness is bad for you and others.
Phone calls are better for happier than text.
Lights Make a Big Impact on Happiness.
Happy Places Also Have High Suicide Rates.
The best one way to be live happily is that live with pets, pets make you happy.
Bad things can be a good thing.
Small Towns and Rural Areas Are Found to Foster Happiness.
As little as 7 minutes of exercise can be enough to give you a noticeable boost in happiness levels. Even if you don’t have time for a strenuous workout, a quick burst of activity can make a big difference.
Although you might think that warm weather is the key to happiness, the ideal temperature/happiness coupling is somewhere around 58 degrees.
Does and doesn’t buy happiness – initially, things that money can buy may make you happy, but after that initial surge in happiness, additional money does not equate to additional happiness.
High levels of stress ultimately lead to high levels of happiness. Remember how awesome you felt after you finished taking a test as a kid? It turns out that there’s a good reason behind that.
Happy people earn more than unhappy people. It can’t be that difficult – we are naturally drawn to those who are comfortable and less likely to be drawn towards noticeably sick individuals.
Doing good things for others is one of the quickest paths to happiness. Although it is often a short-lived burst of joy, the joy that follows an act of selflessness is one that is difficult to top.
Floral smells can make you happier. Sure, having someone give you flowers often brings happiness, but even buying yourself flowers and smelling them in your room will make you feel more comfortable overall.
Although those who are happier earn more, levels of education and intelligence do not have any notable impact on levels of influence.
Those who live closer to their workplace claim to live happier lives. Understandably, those who spend less time commuting and more time with their families or doing activities that they enjoy would be happiest
Giving away money to those who truly need it has been shown to be reflective of greater levels of happiness than spending that money on one’s self. Again, higher levels of selflessness tend to lead to higher levels of personal happiness.
Smiling – even if you are faking a smile – can lead to a noticeable difference in your level of happiness. The lesson to learn here is that if you want to be happy, just make yourself smile until it starts to work.
Who feel they have a strong grasp on their purpose in life claim to also experience high levels of happiness. Although it’s understandable to be unsure of life’s future, those who do what they love each and every day tend to be happier than their counterparts.
Although it is said that black is universally the most flattering clothing colour for all body types, brightly coloured clothing makes not only the wearer but also those around them happier.
It has often been thought that happy people are luckier than unhappy people. It turns out, happy people may not be more spontaneous, but they are significantly more likely to see the positive aspects in even the most negative of situations.
Getting older makes people happier. Although many young people dread the idea of aging, older individuals have been shown to have much higher levels of happiness. Why? Happy thoughts tend to stay in our minds better than sad thoughts. With so many happy moments to look back on, older individuals tend to have a much more positive, optimistic outlook on all that life holds.
People who consciously make the search for, and attainment of, happiness a pivotal goal in their lives are actually less happy than others.
This does not seem like such a surprise, but consider this: Research shows that actors who win at the Academy Awards live longer than actors who are only nominated but fail. Additionally, actors who win Oscars live longer than their co-stars from the movie for which they were set but who were not nominated themselves.
It is clear that children who have quality friendships are happier than those who don’t. What is surprising is the extent to which even kids’ imaginary friends contribute to their measures of happiness.
Married people consistently display higher levels of happiness than people who have never been married, and this is true in almost every country in which the effect has been studied. A surprising exception is Ireland, where married people report being less happy on average than their never-married fellow citizens.
Optimism is linked to many advantages, including greater happiness, better health, and higher self-esteem, as well as lower levels of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and stress. What’s surprising is that when it comes to optimism, you can have too much of a good thing. Overly optimistic people — those in the top fraction of a per cent on measures of optimism — have some disadvantages. For example, they are less likely to quit smoking, more likely to have an unwanted pregnancy, and more likely to die at an early age.
Did you ever collect baseball cards? Researchers who examined the widths of the players’ smiles in their baseball card photographs—taken when the players were young men—found that the extent of the smiles predicted how long the players lived. Major-league players with the broadest smiles lived an average of seven years longer than those who did not smile at all in their baseball card photos. In other words, the span of the smile displayed in baseball photos of young men predicted the span of the player’s life decades later.