Happiness Myths Busted!
By Sara Butler
For a lot of people, happiness is something they’re always striving for. Few people recognize when they’re happy in the here and now; they make their happiness dependent on things that will happen to them instead of things that are actually happening. With this in mind, here are a few of the most prevalent happiness myths and why you need to stop believing them!
Myth No. 1: Career Success Makes You Happy
A high salary combined with a corner office isn’t the key to happiness. If this is your perspective, then chances are there are always going to be things you’re striving for in your career that makes it impossible for you to appreciate where you are. And while there’s nothing wrong with wanting to achieve success in something as important to you as your career, happiness will make you more successful. So try to recognize where you are and be happy about it!
Myth No. 2: Happiness Depends on External Circumstances
Most of the happiness you experience in your life comes from the outside, not from the world around you. Your relationships, social life, and career are not going to make you happier in the long run. You may not be able to change the outside world but you can change your perspective on it – and that can make you happier!
Myth No. 3: Money Can Buy You Happiness
While you may be able to do fun things with a lot of money, money doesn’t buy happiness. Studies have found that happiness is boosted more by doing things that make you feel good, such as volunteering, donating to charities, or buying flowers for someone you care about.
Myth No. 4: Once You Reach Your Goals, You’ll Be Happy
Once you lose 10 pounds, once you get a new house, once you find the man/woman of your dreams – then you’ll be happy, right? Nope! You’ll always have another goal in front of you, so reaching one isn’t going to make you totally happy.
Myth No. 5: Exercise Only Works for Short-Term Happiness Boosts
You know by now that exercise can make you feel pretty darn good. Yet a lot of people think this is temporary and that’s just not true. Studies have found that just 30 minutes of exercise several times a week over the course of several months had a lasting impact on your happiness.
Being happy is within reach, you just have to know the right way to go about it!
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