Everyone wants to be happy. In fact the Declaration of Independence gives Americans the right to pursuehappiness. It is not guaranteed, but we can chart our own path to joy. At times when life becomes overwhelming, we may feel stressed and unable to rise to the level of cheerful delight. However we all know people that no matter the circumstances always seem to have a smile on their face and a joie de vivre. How do they get there? How can we achieve this same satisfaction and allow joyful feeling to spill over into the work we do? Happy people have three qualities that other people don’t have: they know it, they show it and they grow it.
Natural Health News Happy is as happy does, it seems for human beings all over the world.
A cross cultural study, published in the Journal of Research in Personality, has found that the more we engage in outgoing behaviour the more it leads to more positive moods.
We are not the first to show that being more extroverted in daily behaviour can lead to more positive moods. However, we are probably the first to extend this finding to a variety of cultures, said lead researcher Timothy Church, professor of counselling psychology and associate dean of research in the College of Education at Washington State University.
Previous US studies, have shown that introverts experience greater levels of happiness when they engage in extroverted behaviours like smiling at a passer-by or calling an old friend.
Intrigued, Church wanted to see if the findings held true for non-Western cultures as well.
So, he and his …
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