What is the definition of happiness? This is the very question that researchers from Harvard have wanted to answer eve since the 1930s.
You can read more about the study here, but here’s the gist of it. Are you ready?
“Happiness is love. Full stop,” were the exact words of the study’s director.
The one variable that predicted happiness better than any other factor was this: the number of ‘warm relationships.’
That’s not the only research done on the subject.Arthur Aron, a psychologist in the 1960s did a similar study and concluded that “the single biggest predictor of human happiness is the quality of a person’s relationships.”
Friends, it’s not money, and it’s not fame. Today, I’ve compiled a few awesome resources on happiness. I hope these will bring smiles to your faces!
1. This is my favorite research study of all time! In the study, people in three groups were required to keep daily diaries. One group took note of all normal everyday stuff, the second group recorded bad experiences, and the third group kept a diary of things they were thankful for. The results will surprise you, so check it out!
2. Check out this episode from The Today Show with Michelle Gielan as she talks with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on how to maximize the relationships in our lives so we can live happier lives.
3. Shawn Achor, happiness guru, cannot be stopped! Read all about the Orange Frog program that he developed to help kids focus on positive psychology.
4. Download this Thankful = Happy workbook I created a few years ago. I’ve also included a link to one of Shawn Achor’s action plans!
It is a wonderful experience to be genuinely happy, and I hope these resources help each and everyone of you to prioritize the relationships in our lives that can help us achieve happiness.
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