If you’d like to be happier – and who wouldn’t – listen up! Scientists have discovered that the things we think will make us happy, don’t. So, here are the facts about what people think will make them happy – and what actually does, courtesy of Woman’s World magazine:
- Wanting to look like a model. Scientists say that what really makes you happy is accepting who you are! Researchers found that models are more likely to suffer from depression and loneliness, since they often have few close relationships. Partly because of their busy lifestyle, and partly because mere mortals often view them as unapproachable. Numerous studies have shown that the happiest and healthiest people are those whose self-esteem comes from their abilities instead of their looks.
- Having more free time. The surprising truth is, keeping busy is what makes people happy! According to psychologist Dr. David Niven, people who have the most leisure time are among the unhappiest of all. Why? Because they end up with fewer goals, and tend to slide into a repetitious rut. Studies show that people who volunteer during their free time are the most content because humans who challenge themselves and help others feel the most fulfilled.
- Wishing to be a millionaire. Experts say that happiness isn’t about money. It’s actually about close relationships. Studies show that a lot of lottery winners report becoming less happy. Surveys have found that the wealthiest nations are among the unhappiest in the world. The explanation: Overall contentment is most influenced by close relationships and there’s no correlation between the amount of money someone has, and how close they are to their friends and family.
- To be young again. People actually get happier as they get older! Surveys show that people are more content as they get into their 50s, 60s, and 70s. Older people also report having a brighter picture of the future, and are better able to cope with negative occurrences. Why? Because they’ve survived countless problems over the years, and they’re less bothered by the little troubles in life.