These common happiness myths can be found all over the internet. Are they true?
Do you think having more money would make you happier? Who doesn’t dream of being rich and buying what they want? True, buying things will only bring you a very temporary moment of happiness but the worry about money to pay for rent, having heat in the house, affording food, not spending time on mowing the lawn can definitely ease your stress and anxiety, and that is a small bit of happiness. So does money make you happier? No. But it can make you less stressed.
A lot of people think that if things are not going well for them, because they don’t like their school or they’re not doing well in a certain situation, then they can’t be happy. However, according to Shawn Achor, only ten percent of long-term happiness is based on external circumstances. In his research Shawn actually states that 90% of happiness is based on perception. One of the key things to being happier everyday is focusing on having a positive perception of the world around us. If we can find some aspects of positivity, then we can be much happier, regardless of the situation we’re in.
This information was taken from the book “Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change” by Shawn Achor
One of the most common myths is that if we achieve or gain something, we’ll finally be happy. Like “if I get an A on this test I’ll be happy.”, “If I look this way I’ll be happy.”, “If I have more friends I’ll be happy”. But in the end, even if we do achieve these things, we never feel quite satisfied. We always feel like we’ll be happier if we can achieve or have just one more thing. This means that having a certain thing or achieving something won’t make us any happier, because after accomplishing one thing, we’ll just want to accomplish something else. The only way to true happiness is by being happy with who we are right now.
This information was taken from the book “The Myths of Happiness” by Sonja Lyubomirsky
According to a study in Lancet, being happy won’t necessarily extend your life, however being unhappy won’t shorten it.
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In this article we are debunking happiness myths. One of the most common myths and questions we are answering is “does money make you happier?” and “how to be happier everyday.” We hope you enjoy debunking myths with us and learn something new! Do you think money makes you happier? And what are your favourite ways to be happier everyday?