Things Science Says Will Make You Much Happier

It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with happiness. After all, the “pursuit of happiness” is even enshrined in the  Declaration of Independence. BWhat habits make us like a happy babyut happiness is fleeting. How can we find it  and keep it alive?

Psychologists at the University of California have discovered some  fascinating things about happiness that could change your life.

Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky is a psychology professor at the Riverside campus  who is known among her peers as “the queen of happiness.” She began studying happiness as a grad student and never stopped, devoting her career to the subject.

One of her main discoveries is that we all have a happiness “set point.” When extremely positive or negative events happen—such as buying a bigger house or losing a job—they temporarily increase or decrease our happiness, but we eventually drift back to our set point.

Read more from Dr. Travis Bradberry on ways to break the habits that tend to make us unhappy, and will help you focus on the right approach.