Through Rose-Coloured Glasses

Everybody wants to be happy.  

Along with the wonderful feeling that comes with happiness are the multiple health benefits that it brings.   Happy people do much better when it comes to dealing with stress.   They also tend to be healthier thanks to better immune functioning, fewer emotional problems, and greater energy.   People also enjoy being with them since they are more likeable and more social in general.   It is any wonder that people try to be happy as much as possible? 

Happiness typically occurs through a) the frequency and intensity of pleasant moods, b) the infrequency of unpleasant moods, and c) how well we are able to view the world around us in a positive way.   While it's a common folk saying that happy people look at the world through "rose-coloured glasses", does feeling happy really make us more like to see the world in a positive way?    A new research study published in the journal Emotion suggests that really is the case.

To read more, check out my new Psychology Today blog post.

           

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