I also feel that the pursuit of happiness perhaps in itself brings discontent and therefore unhappiness.
I decided to participate, but when it acme to the excersise I have to say that this "advice" is something I do all the time and many many times throughout the day.
Maybe that's why I am so annoyingly happy all the time!
...as promised, today we announce the initial results of the happiness experiment. Over 26,000 people took part, which was amazing.
In one part of the project we asked people to carry out one of four happiness boosting exercises and compared the subsequent levels of reported happiness with those using a control technique (simply thinking about the day before). The result show that spending just a few moments thinking about one thing that went well yesterday is a surprisingly effectively way of boosting happiness. Compared to those in the control group, this procedure resulted in a 15% boost in reported happiness. Lots more details here.
Obviously, these are just initial findings and we will be submitting a full report to an academic journal soon.
In the meantime, here is a short video of my good self describing the technique. Take a few seconds to do it and then feel free to describe your memory, and/or whether you feel happier, in the comments section. Let’s see if we can make this the happiest blog on the web today!