These quotes are all based on psychological research into what makes people happy.
People who go to work in their overalls and on the bus are just as happy, on the average, as those in suits who drive to work in their own Mercedes.
Economic growth in affluent countries has provided no apparent boost to human morale.
- Contrary to popular notion, aggressive “venting” doesn’t relieve bad feelings, but fuels them. Studies show that blowing up, punching a pillow, yelling, or slamming doors makes you feel worse, not better.
- People are born with a natural range of temperament, but circumstances, actions, and thoughts can push people up to the top of their range or down to the bottom of their range.
- Although somber, pessimistic people might seem smarter, research shows that happiness and intelligence are essentially unrelated.
- Making people happy makes people happy.