You may know I researched and wrote a thesis on happiness for the honors year of my psych degree.
During that year I learned many fabulous, life-changing things about being happy – even for people who aren’t ‘born happy’ – and I’ll share these with you over time.
One of the most wonderful things I learned is that being happy doesn’t just feel good – it’s also associated with all kinds of benefits for you, and for people around you.
That means we can all feel good about choosing to be happier. It’s not a selfish goal, but rather a way to be, do and give more in our world.
Here are 11 of the advantages that go along with happiness – and 11 great reasons to be happy!
11 Great Reasons To Be Happy
Happiness is associated with:
- Physical & mental health
- Coping well
- Being resilient in tough times
- Work satisfaction
- Good relationships with colleagues, friends and loved ones
- Living a long life
- Having a strong immune system
- Liking yourself
- Liking others
- Handling conflict well
Here’s a bonus reason to be happy:
12. It feels great!
Add a little sunshine to your own life, and you’ll spread more sunshine too! 🙂
Source: Lyubomirsky, S., King, L. A., & Diener, E. (2005). The benefits of frequent positive affect: Does happiness lead to success? Psychological Bulletin, 131, 803-855.
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