Happiness, we all want it but not always have it. It is one of the principal pursuits of life and yet, according to Stanford researchers, to chase it may actually make us less happy.
So, how do we find happiness?
According to a recent study that was published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, one route to happiness is through concrete, specific goals of benevolence-such as making someone smile, holding the door for others, or increasing the recycling. Making similar but abstract goals-such as making someone happy or saving the environment-can actually lead to a decrease in happiness.
These “happiness effects” are largely due to the discrepancy created between one’s expectations of achieving one’s goals and the actual results. Simply put, abstract goals tend to be less realistic and therefore harder to achieve. By setting more concrete goals for oneself, it minimizes that gap between expectations and what actually results.
So do good by helping others and the world to make yourself happy. Just make sure to set very specific, achievable goals and you’ll be happier than these guys