Want to Be Much Happier? Science Says Always Do Any 1 of These 8 Things

Posted on September 15th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

1. Learn something new, even if it’s stressful: Mastering a new skill means more stress now but more happiness later.

 

If you are willing to push through a bit of added stress in the short term, you can experience huge gains in happiness for the long term.

 

So learn a new skill. Though you’ll take on a bit more stress, research shows you’ll be happier on an hourly, daily, and long-term basis.

 

The gains from this investment in time and energy were documented in a 2009 study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies. Participants who spent time on activities that increased their competency, met their need for autonomy, or helped them connect with others reported decreased happiness in the moment yet increased happiness on an hourly and daily basis.

 

The key, according to the study, is to choose the right new skill to master, challenge to undertake, or opportunity to get out of your comfort zone. The greatest increases in happiness come from learning a skill you choose, rather than one you think you should or feel forced to learn.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.inc.com

Greater happiness can be found in unexpected ways. Science says so.

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