How Can People Find Happiness? Essay example

788 Words Jun 30th, 2016 4 Pages
Despite researchers conducting hundreds of studies to try to unlock the key to being happy, it seems that the United States is still seeing a decline in happiness. The 2016 World Happiness Report found that there were “significant decreases” in American happiness over the past 10 years.

With all of the self-help books that there are and how much people talk about wanting to be happy, it would seem like more people would have figured it out by now. When asked what people would wish for if they could have anything, you would expect the answer was to be happy. According to a study by Raj Raghunathan, author of “If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?” chances are, his subjects didn’t have being happy on their wish-list. In his studies, only about six percent asked for happiness. He found that people forget about happiness as they go about their daily lives.

So how can people find happiness? Happiness can’t be changed by changing life circumstances - how well educated you are, your net-worth, etc - according to Sonja Lyubomirsky, one of the world’s happiness researchers. Life circumstances contribute to only about 10% of happiness. In the consumer culture of America, life seems to revolve around money. However, the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science released a study showing that people who want time over money are happier. So prioritizing time over money will lead to greater happiness, right?

It’s not as straightforward as that. Most people at some point…

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