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Is the Pursuit of Happiness a Scam?

Updated: Mar 17, 2023

The pursuit of happiness, gratitude, and other concepts to increase one's enjoyment in life are trending; it has a louder voice than ever before. However, just because something is trending doesn't make it true, which may lead some to believe that the pursuit of happiness is a scam.

I am here to tell you that is FALSE! Taking the time and putting in the effort is worth it. But why, Katie? Let me explain! In her book The How of Happiness, Dr. Sonya Lyubomirsky recounted her collaboration with Ed Diener and Laura King, where they documented a massive library of psychological literature. The overwhelming result was happiness is vital for life.

Sonya says, "becoming happier doesn't just make you feel good. It turns out that happiness brings with it multiple fringe benefits. Compared to their less happy peers, happier people are more sociable and energetic, more charitable and cooperative, and better liked by others. Not surprisingly, then, happier people are more likely to get married and stay married, and to have a richer network of social support."

On top of all that, Sonja also states that happier people show greater flexibility, ingenuity, and productivity. They become better leaders and earn more money. They are physically healthier and live longer.

Obviously, the pursuit of happiness is a worthwhile venture, but it is important how you go about it. Many people out there will claim doing "something" will make you instantly happier. It may, or it may not. The pursuit of happiness is a personal journey unique to you. You have to find what works best for you, and it may take some trial and error. However, I encourage you to keep trying until you find that something that works! If you are looking for ideas, check out Sonya's book; it is a gem that keeps on giving!

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