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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Happiness In Small Things

A study published in the current issue of the journal Emotion reports the findings of researchers at the University of North Carolina. They reached the conclusion that people who appreciate small moments of happiness, laughter, and joy through the course of each day tend to be happy people who are more likely to be resilient against adversity and more successful in jobs, relationships, and health outcomes.
The study showed that happy people do not need to be Pollyannas or deny the upsetting parts of life. The key to focusing on micro-moments is to set aside worries about the big picture. The lead author of the study said, "A lot of times we get so wrapped up in thinking about the future and the past that we are blind to the goodness we are steeped in already, whether it's the beauty outside the window or the kind things that people are doing for you. Be open, flexible, and appreciative of whatever good you find in your daily circumstances."
They needed to do a study to figure that out?!
Look close. There is a bumble bee on the flower. That's a micro-moment to savor.

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