Happiness Secrets — From the Happiest People We Know
By Robin Hilmantel
Happiness secrets from the happiest people we know. If you’re like most people, you’re certain you’ll be happier once you land that new job, attract a date or buy a new house. The only problem? Research shows that we overestimate the amount of joy we’ll get from these big life changes, says Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, psychology professor at the University of California at Riverside and author of The Myths of Happiness.
The findings aren’t nearly as much of a buzz-kill as they might seem, though: While the momentous event you’re waiting for might not bring a lasting smile, there are little things you can do to make everyday life more blissful — no life-altering changes necessary. So we tapped a few happiness experts who’ve mastered the art of contentedness for their best tips on how to lead a more pleasure-packed life today.
Happiness Secret No. 1: Start writing thank-you letters to people you’re grateful for — even if you never send them.
- Be-happy expert: Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, psychology professor at the University of California at Riverside and author of The Myths of Happiness