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509 Unique Happiness Facts, According to Science

Here are 509 happiness facts divided into 18 categories. We've analyzed 464 happiness studies, journals, and reports across 109 publications. Each happiness fact is backed with a link to the scientific study that supports it. This page is updated every month with the latest facts.

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56 facts about happiness in general

#1 Laughing improves wellbeing and mood, but it also increases endorphins and your pain threshold.
#2 A sad mood may influence your memory and ability to recognize emotion-related facial expressions in others
#3 A positive mood has been shown to improve your capacity to learn and helps you perform better than if you were in even a “neutral mood”.
#4 Research suggests that happiness and other good vibes are extremely contagious.
#5 Some people are born with personalities capable of creating an ‘affective reserve.’ These people are able to use this reserve of happiness to cope better with life’s difficulties.
#6 Happiness is higher among people with access to financial resources and social support.
#7 Mental health is the strongest indicator of happiness.
#8 A person can still find ways to be happy even if their most basic needs are fulfilled only partially.
#9 Children find happiness in self-fulfillment through activities and hobbies, and relationships.
#10 While younger people are more likely to associate happiness with excitement, older people are more likely to associate happiness with peacefulness.
#11 There's a correlation between the ability to laugh at yourself and being a positive and happy person.
#12 People often mispredict how much an anticipated event actually makes them happy.
#13 Happiness can effectively spread through your social ties such as your friends, family, and neighbors.
#14 A positive mindset can be triggered, and more importantly, a positive mindset initiates more creativity and an urge to “play ball”.
#15 Friendship variables accounted for 58% of the variance in people’s happiness.
#16 People who are encouraged to think of things they’re grateful for are approximately 10% happier than those who are not.
#17 Education seems to affect happiness through income: the higher the education level, the higher the income.
#18 A study of 217 identical twins and 114 fraternal twins found that DNA was responsible for 39% to 58% of our happiness.
#19 A sense of inner peace is a dimension of durable and lasting happiness.
#20 Research shows that genetic factors count for 35-50% of our happiness. It is believed that most of this effect comes from genes that code mood and emotional regulation.
#21 While happiness isn’t localized in the brain – meaning there is no specific brain area related to happiness – areas and neurotransmitters related to mood regulation play an important role in our overall happiness levels.
#22 Hormonal balance is important for happiness. Higher levels of hormones like oxytocin, which is related to social bonding, make us happier, while higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol diminish our happiness.
#23 Out of all words, the word “Love” is most associated with the word “Happiness”.
#24 Adaptive and effective emotion regulation strategies have been found to be positively correlated with subjective well-being and happiness.
#25 Pre and post-holiday happiness is the same regardless of the length of the trip.
#26 89% of people think that happiness can be controlled.
#27 People who think that happiness can be controlled are 32% happier on average.
#28 Spending money on others promotes happiness more than spending money on oneself.
#29 Frequent smiling only makes you happier if you believe that a smile reflects happiness.
#30 Creativity on one day predicted happiness on the next.
#31 When we’re focused on happiness as a destination, we end up feeling like we have less time to enjoy it.
#32 People are typically happier planning vacations than after going on them.
#33 Happier individuals tend to be healthier and live longer lives.
#34 Psychological well-being, emotional self-efficacy, affect balance and self-esteem explain 51% of the total variance of happiness.
#35 The old adage about money not buying happiness is only true if you already have enough of it; for others, financial security is an important contributor to happiness.
#36 Helping people, whether it’s a close friend or a stranger, leads to greater happiness.
#37 How we define happiness can change as we become older.
#38 People who place a high value on materialistic items have lower levels of life satisfaction.
#39 Simple positive activities help make us happier. These activities could be engaging in kindness or keeping a gratitude diary.
#40 Following your authenticity leads to greater wellbeing.
#41 When you are feeling happier, you are more likely to be successful and achieve the outcomes you desire in life.
#42 When you prioritize your needs and show kindness to yourself you experience greater levels of happiness.
#43 xperiences bring us more happiness than stuff.
#44 Savoring the moment leads to greater rates of positive emotion and reduced incidents of depression.
#45 Having life goals is linked to happiness and subjective well-being.
#46 If we want to fight off depression and maintain mental well-being throughout our life span, it’s important to find ways to contribute to the world around you instead of giving in to the allure of laziness and inaction.
#47 The short-term impact of savoring the moment allows you to identify, focus on, and increase positive emotions.
#48 Happier people are more productive and creative.
#49 Individuals who are more in touch with their own emotions and the emotions of others experience less stress and greater levels of well-being.
#50 Being kind to ourselves has mental and physical benefits. For instance, practicing self-compassion exercises can lower the heart rate, which boosts our immunity.
#51 Those who score higher on authenticity report greater happiness.
#52 When we’re optimistic and focus on abundance in the future it does create a neurological response that increases happiness in the emotional center of our brain.
#53 Individuals who focus on positive thoughts, especially regarding their future, are better equipped to cope with tough times.
#54 88% of respondents experience mental health issues
#55 On average, a person struggles with 3 mental health issues
#56 On average, people who struggle with their mental health are 23% less happy

137 facts about behavior and happiness

#57 A lack of organization increases cortisol levels and negatively impacts your mood.
#58 Having success while doing a puzzle releases dopamine in the brain.
#59 People respond with much more happiness to receiving flowers than other thank you gifts.
#60 Individuals who prioritize honesty and integrity have healthier and longer lifespans.
#61 People who are in a more organized environment are more likely to choose healthier snacks than those in a disorganized environment.
#62 A lack of organization increases cortisol levels and negatively impacts your mood.
#63 Routines in life help manage stress and anxiety.
#64 Planning each day the night before increases productivity and frees up time.
#65 Those who choose to focus on the good adapt better to stressful situations.
#66 Those who expect good outcomes in life are less likely to pass away, especially from a cardiovascular cause.
#67 Focusing on the positive can lead to a stronger immunity.
#68 Having structured routines can have a significant positive impact on your mental health, including improving bipolar disorder and preventing substance abuse.
#69 Routine helps to make life feel more predictable, stable, and controllable, which can give a calming and anxiety-reducing effect.
#70 People who lack structure in their life may be more likely to suffer from stress, poor sleep, poor eating, worsened physical condition and procrastination.
#71 Having a good routine can improve your quality of rest, which in turn can positively affect your mental sharpness, performance, emotional well-being, and energy level.
#72 Self-discipline has a stronger effect on academic performance than IQ.
#73 Self-discipline and motivation are the only predictors of success in an online psychology course.
#74 Lower self-control is related to unhealthy coping mechanisms, which in turn causes worse health outcomes.
#75 Self‐control positively contributes to happiness through avoiding and dealing with motivational conflict.
#76 College students who based their self-worth on external sources, such as appearance and approval from others, have higher levels of drug and alcohol use.
#77 People who have identified the things they’re good at and actively pursue them experience more positive emotions, increased engagement, and higher levels of well-being.
#78 Self-efficacy is proven to predict happiness and positive thinking in adolescents, an age group that is notorious for their lack of optimism.
#79 University students with high levels of self-efficacy are more likely to adopt a deep and strategic approach to studying, which will lead to improved results.
#80 Sufficient rest and being "unplugged" is crucial to your health.
#81 Elderly couples who give practical support to others have a decreased risk of dying.
#82 Older people who volunteer have reduced risk of dementia and fewer cognitive problems.
#83 Our thoughts about the future are based on past experiences, but it’s important to let go of the past to make room for new possibilities.
#84 Positive reminiscence evokes positive emotions that have a restorative and protective effect on our brain in the face of stress.
#85 Researchers have confirmed that crying releases feel-good chemicals such as oxytocin that ease emotional and physical pain.
#86 People with an internal locus of control perform better academically and are more effective learners, and are more resistant to stress.
#87 Positive self-talk has been regarded as a “skill” that can change even young children’s perspectives and impact how they deal with circumstances that involve themselves and others.
#88 A 2011 study revealed that consumerism is linked to lower well-being.
#89 Creativity, hobbies, and other leisure activities have been shown in studies to improve general wellbeing.
#90 The ability to laugh at yourself predicts a number of very positive character traits.
#91 Learning to accept yourself leads to lower levels of depression and perfectionism.
#92 When people are offered a reward of some kind, which they are then denied, their desire to get the reward increases.
#93 Rushed decisions lead to regret more often.
#94 There might be a link between a country’s happiness and its sustainability rankings.
#95 Practicing gratitude predicts greater sleep quality and sleep duration, and less sleep latency and daytime dysfunction.
#96 A 2014 study among university students found a significant relationship between creativity and subjective, emotional, psychological, and social well-being.
#97 People with creative occupations like town planners, architects, and graphic designers showed higher levels of well-being compared to those with non-creative professions like bankers, insurance agents, and accountants.
#98 People are more creative on days when they experienced more positive emotions.
#99 People perform better in a creativity task when they are in an experimentally induced positive mood.
#100 A 2010 study found a significant correlation between self-awareness and well-being in mental health professionals.
#101 Being too compassionate to others is not good. Spending too much of your own energy on others can result in stress.
#102 People who are encouraged to think of things they’re grateful for are approximately 10% happier than those who are not.
#103 Thinking back on past memories that you like is a great way to be happy.
#104 Positive psychology interventions significantly enhance well-being and decrease depressive symptoms.
#105 Internal locus of control has been found to be positively correlated with happiness.
#106 People who identify as minimalists report positive changes to different aspects of their lives such as autonomy, competence, mental space, awareness, and positive emotions.
#107 Clutter affects the visual cortex which causes the other regions of the brain to struggle in focusing and processing information.
#108 Self-help books are effective at helping us learn new life skills, like assertiveness, problem-solving and even tidiness.
#109 Positive self-talk and visualization results in experiencing significantly fewer intrusive negative thoughts.
#110 An experiment studied the difference between participants instructed to tell the truth and others with no such instruction. Those who avoided lies found that their mental health, physical health and relationships were significantly improved.
#111 Practicing self-soothing self-talk reduces shame and skin complaints in people suffering from acne.
#112 Look back on photos or other media that remind you of good times is an effective way to self-soothe.
#113 The act of power posing – adopting open, expansive poses that signal power – for only 1 minute decreases the stress hormone cortisol and increases feelings of power and tolerance for risk.
#114 Increased patience can alleviate depression.
#115 A 2017 study found a significant positive correlation between assertive behavior and self-esteem in adolescents.
#116 Resilience can lead to favorable psychological and treatment-related outcomes in cancer patients.
#117 A 2010 study conducted on a sample of athletes showed that resilience was positively associated with sport achievement and psychological well-being.
#118 People with higher levels of resilience report significantly higher levels of life satisfaction and lower levels of depression.
#119 A 2010 study found that people tend to consume media that matches their mood.
#120 Lonely people receive a mood boost from watching lonely characters on TV because this allows them to engage in self-enhancing downward social comparisons.
#121 Watching a good comedy can have an even greater mood-lifting and anxiety-lowering effect than exercise.
#122 Simply following the news on social media can trigger secondary traumatic stress in anyone.
#123 People who were asked to ruminate on the good things that happened to them were healthier and happier, would sleep better, and even engage in exercise more.
#124 Self-reflection is a significant predictor of personal growth, which is a dimension of psychological well-being.
#125 Meaningful self-reflection can boost happiness levels.
#126 Our facial expressions can have a small impact on our feelings and mental state, but the effect isn’t big enough to facilitate a meaningful and lasting change in our happiness levels.
#127 Being creative can increase your happiness on a day-to-day basis, and in the long term.
#128 People who volunteer consistently report to be healthier both physically and mentally than those who do not.
#129 A 2010 study found a significant correlation between self-awareness and well-being in mental health professionals.
#130 Optimism is strongly related to both self-esteem and happiness.
#131 Developing personal responsibility positively contributes to one’s well-being, self-esteem, and psychological health by empowering individuals to take ownership over behaviors and actions.
#132 Individuals with a greater internal locus of control have higher self-confidence and are more resistant to stress.
#133 How positively you identify yourself, especially relative to others, significantly impacts your performance.
#134 Adolescents with chronic pain report better mental health, less pain, and a higher quality of life after intentionally looking on the bright side.
#135 The more you think about something, the less satisfied you are with your choice in the end.
#136 Research has found that when you make a bad decision it is a sign you are not acting consistently with your definition of good behavior.
#137 Not only is reading a way to relax the central nervous system, but it strengthens our brain.
#138 if you choose to read literary fiction, your personal involvement with the characters promotes a more empathetic leaning.
#139 Reading a book helps lower blood pressure and reduce stress.
#140 Getting out in nature not only improves your mood, but it also has restorative effects.
#141 Individuals who participate in interventions emphasizing personal growth experience increased levels of confidence.
#142 Individuals who participate in personal growth groups are more likely to speak positively about themselves.
#143 Experiencing awe and feeling physically smaller than an entity before us keeps us humble. It allows us to see our strengths and weaknesses in a more balanced, accurate way.
#144 Gratitude and humility are mutually reinforcing, meaning gratitude fuels humility (and vice versa).
#145 Self-deception diminishes over time, but only when self-deceivers are repeatedly confronted with evidence of the true situation.
#146 Our brains are plastic and can be trained to lean more towards a growth mindset than a fixed mindset.
#147 When we are more authentic our motivation for personal growth is greater.
#148 Scientists found that smiling is an effective pain reduction strategy.
#149 Emotionally stable people tend to have a balanced way of perceiving life’s problems, equipping them with the perspective they need to endure all sorts of hardship.
#150 Deep breathing exercises are linked to emotional control and physical well-being.
#151 When you seek self-expansion you will experience more quality interactions and develop more meaningful interpersonal relationships.
#152 If you want to improve your critical thinking skills you need to be exposed to diverse experiences in your life.
#153 Exposing yourself to new environments significantly enhanced life satisfaction relative to those who never changed their surroundings.
#154 If you procrastinate getting your life organized, you will experience higher levels of anxiety, stress, depression, and fatigue.
#155 When you challenge yourself, you activate portions of your brain that will help prevent anxiety and depression.
#156 Students are more likely to succeed in their studies if they cultivated a growth mindset and became comfortable with the idea of being challenged.
#157 Hope is associated with better physical and psychological wellbeing, and better social wellbeing and less psychological stress.
#158 Thought-stopping has been proven to be a good coping mechanism tool.
#159 Individuals who utilize self-affirmations experience reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression.
#160 Individuals who use self-affirmations have more activation in areas of the brain involved in processing our sense of self and our orientation towards our future.
#161 Individuals who repress their emotions are more likely to experience negative physical, mental health, and general well-being issues.
#162 Not acknowledging difficult emotions actually makes those emotions stronger.
#163 We gain happiness from consumption up to a certain point. Thereafter, our happiness starts to fall.
#164 Living a minimalist life and reducing our consumption is positively correlated with well-being.
#165 There's a strong link between hope and lower levels of anxiety and stress.
#166 Adaptive coping strategies, such as problem-solving and proactive coping, are linked to higher levels of hope.
#167 Being hopeful is linked with an 11 to 15 percent longer life span, with hopeful people being more likely to live to the age of 85 and beyond!
#168 Children who exhibit better self-discipline are more likely to be successful as adults regardless of their IQ score or socioeconomic background.
#169 Self-discipline is a better predictor of academic success than IQ.
#170 Individuals who use self-affirmations had more activation in areas of the brain involved in processing our sense of self and our orientation towards our future.
#171 A healthy lifestyle causes life satisfaction and happiness, not the other way around.
#172 Effective decision-making is correlated with high levels of hope for the future.
#173 Optimistic people are more proactive and experience lower levels of avoidance, or disengagement styles of coping.
#174 People who are more perseverant are much less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.
#175 Students are much more likely to persevere when they are focused on personal growth rather than trying to do better than others.
#176 47% of our time is spent thinking about what isn’t going on at the present moment.
#177 Levels of gratitude change across a life span, with older adults being found to have the greatest gratitude compared with younger people and middle-aged adults.
#178 There is a relationship between self-perceived age and cardiovascular death rates. Researchers hypothesize that feeling more youthful leads to better health habits, such as exercising and eating healthy.
#179 Perfectionists are more likely to have high blood pressure, which may lead to cardiovascular complications.
#180 People who have higher levels of optimism have a longer life span, and a greater chance of living past 85 years old.
#181 As we increase our knowledge base, our curiosity seems to dissipate. Adults tend to feel that they “know most things” and lose that keen interest as their understanding broadens.
#182 People who take the time to be curious report greater levels of happiness.
#183 A susceptibility to cognitive biases positively correlates with depression and anxiety.
#184 Adverse life events combined with a negative cognitive style can lead to hopelessness.
#185 Females are generally better at exhibiting sympathy relative to males.
#186 Reople who actively focus on the good have a better immune response than those who focus on their stressors.
#187 Individuals with a generalized anxiety disorder reported a significant reduction in worry and anxiety just by focusing on creating more positive thoughts.
#188 Individuals who actively focus on the positive are better at dampening their stress response when bad things happen.
#189 People who learn to let go and become appropriately careless are better at self-regulating and more resilient in the face of challenges.
#190 Children who are able to delay gratification are found to be more successful and resilient throughout their lifespan.
#191 Pursuing a more minimalist life can have profound impacts on your psychological well-being as well as your business and environmental stewardship.
#192 Individuals who pursue simpler lifestyles experience greater relationship satisfaction and report improved mental health.
#193 A readiness for self-improvement correlates with life accomplishments and future prospects.

28 facts about mental traits and happiness

#194 Dishonesty results in increased cortisol reactivity. And consequently, your blood pressure and heart rate will increase.
#195 People who experience higher fear of failure also report greater shame upon a perceived failure experience.
#196 The fear of experiencing shame and embarrassment plays a central role in the relationship between perfectionism and fear of failure.
#197 Research on sociotropy has shown that sociotropic people have a higher risk of depression and social anxiety disorder.
#198 Worrying is associated with several mental health disorders and is detrimental to your physical health.
#199 Those who worry more about the health of their family and friends are more likely to experience depression and higher stress levels.
#200 Dwelling on our past mistakes can negatively affect our present behavior.
#201 Higher levels of rumination are associated with a greater likelihood of experiencing both a current depressive episode and a past history of depressive episodes.
#202 A 2012 review found that there is a relationship between ruminative thinking and impaired physical health.
#203 Negative self-talk predicted loneliness, especially if it involves a socially threatening mentality.
#204 Repetitive feelings of regret are linked to anxiety and depression disorders.
#205 Ruminating over negative thoughts is associated with volume reductions in brain areas that are related to cognitive control processes.
#206 A 2012 review found that there is a relationship between ruminative thinking and impaired physical health.
#207 Envious feelings are a strong predictor of worse mental health in the future.
#208 We’re less likely to help others when we’re feeling envious.
#209 Active worrying impairs working memory capacity.
#210 Both worrying and rumination are associated with reduced cognitive control, making it more difficult for high-worriers and high-ruminators to switch between internal representations in working memory.
#211 People who score higher on neuroticism worry more in daily life and generate more worry-related thoughts after being presented with a worry-inducing sentence.
#212 People with chronic disorders like schizophrenia are generally unhappier than healthy people.
#213 36% of young individuals around the world meet the criteria for Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD.)
#214 Excessive worrying is a symptom of anxiety disorder, which affects nearly 20% of the US population every year.
#215 Constant worry and anxiety can also shorten your lifespan, according to a 2018 study.
#216 People who are highly sensitive tend to have greater emotional awareness and empathy in their romantic relationships.
#217 Being sensitive is linked to higher awareness and responsiveness.
#218 Men who are more sensitive to rejection are more likely to develop depression.
#219 Neurotic people tend to have lower oxygen levels in their lateral prefrontal cortex. This area of the brain plays a role in a variety of cognitive processes.
#220 Neuroticism can be linked with poor health, less exercise, and bad eating habits.
#221 Our attitude to anxiety actually determines how it affects our mental and physical health.

69 facts about social happiness

#222 Having a well-developed social circle is a predictor of your well-being.
#223 Loneliness has been found to negatively affect the quality of your sleep
#224 Loneliness is associated with an increased risk of depression, anxiety, and reduced cognitive function.
#225 Employees who feel valued in the workplace report higher levels of engagement, satisfaction, and motivation than those who feel underappreciated by their employers.
#226 Expressing gratitude toward an acquaintance makes them more likely to pursue a long-term relationship with you.
#227 Laughing with others strengthens social bonds, bringing you and your friends closer.
#228 If we perceive our treatment from someone as disrespectful, it can lead us to cast a generalized and negative view out into the world.
#229 Maintaining an active friend network can contribute to your overall happiness and strengthen your ability to manage stress.
#230 People look for trustworthiness, honesty, communication and similarity in a friend, while attractiveness and physical proximity (for example, living next door) are less important.
#231 Both women and men expect trust, commitment, loyalty, and genuineness from their friends.
#232 Romantic relationship variables, like relationship length and cohabitation, explained 21% of the variance in life satisfaction, with relationship satisfaction being a significant predictor.
#233 Being in a romantic relationship is associated with increased subjective happiness and reduced gray matter density within the right dorsal striatum.
#234 While people in a relationship are more satisfied with their relationship status, there’s no significant difference in the overall life satisfaction between single people and people in a relationship.
#235 Friendship variables accounted for 58% of the variance in happiness.
#236 Not all friendships are created equal when it comes to happiness: quality trumps quantity, meaning that it’s better to have a few close relationships than many less close ones.
#237 Elders who have been married to the same person for most of their lives are only slightly happier than those who have been single or in various relationships.
#238 Romantic relationship quality accounts for only 3% of the variance in happiness.
#239 Happy people are 59% more likely to associate “Sex” with “Happiness” than unhappy people.
#240 Happy people are 55% more likely to associate the words “Happiness” and “Family” with each other.
#241 Men are 250% more likely to associate sex with happiness than women are, according to our study.
#242 People who are community-oriented experience more positive emotions.
#243 People often get stuck in unsatisfying relationships for reasons like cohabitation, marriage, children and family entanglement.
#244 Experiencing social pain activates neural regions that are also involved in physical pain processing.
#245 When people look at a picture of their ex-partner after a recent break-up, brain areas that support the sensory components of physical pain become active.
#246 Scientists have found that happiness can effectively spread through your social ties such as your friends, family, and neighbors.
#247 In some parts of Europe, up to 40% of people have only one meaningful interaction with friends or family per month.
#248 Happier people are more helpful and willing to put in the work necessary to bring someone else's mood back up.
#249 People in committed relationships have higher subjective well-being levels.
#250 The number of friends decreases with age, satisfaction with friends was a significant predictor of overall life satisfaction.
#251 Those who converse with others with active listening skills feel more understood and satisfied with their conversations.
#252 People who ask questions, particularly follow-up questions, are liked better by their conversation partners.
#253 Couples who were married and didn’t have a sense of individual identity were more likely to experience decreased stability and decreased satisfaction in their marriage.
#254 We are more likely to share our opinion and thoughts if we feel supported by our group.
#255 After letting someone go, the areas of your brain associated with sadness have increased activity.
#256 Unhealthy relationships have the potential to reduce the effectiveness of your immune system.
#257 A good sense of humor is one of the deciding factors when it comes to relationships.
#258 Laughing reduces stress and increases our tolerance to pain by up to 10%.
#259 Helping others helps you to regulate your own emotions.
#260 People who rated highly in feeling understood during their daily experiences are shown to feel happier.
#261 People who rate highly in feeling understood during their daily experiences are shown to feel happier.
#262 People who have a compassionate disposition (meaning the ability to show concern and sympathy for others’ misfortunes) display both better mental and physical health over a lifespan.
#263 Our own perceived loneliness can leave us feeling vulnerable. It can have a detrimental impact on our well-being.
#264 Focusing on pleasing others leads to depression and less satisfaction with your interpersonal relationships.
#265 If you are anxiously attached to each other, then both individuals in the relationship are less likely to experience satisfaction and a greater sense of commitment.
#266 If each individual in a relationship embraces autonomy and self-direction, then both parties are more likely to experience satisfaction in the relationship.
#267 When others express gratitude towards you, you feel a stronger sense of community and appreciation for that person.
#268 If you show someone you like them, they will naturally like you more too.
#269 There's a proven relationship between asking follow-up questions and being liked by the conversation partner.
#270 Experiential gifts strengthen the relationship between gift giver and receiver much more than material gifts.
#271 Maintaining strong friendships can lead to less stress and quicker recovery from illness.
#272 People who have a strong network of friends are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors such as eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and successfully quitting smoking.
#273 Dealing with a toxic friend can negatively impact one’s health by increasing stress and inflammation within the body.
#274 Practising empathy can support people in adopting more positive attitudes towards stigmatized groups i.e. homeless people.
#275 Consistently engaging in self-sabotaging behaviors may make it difficult to maintain healthy and committed romantic relationships.
#276 When we share our goals with people we view as more successful than ourselves, we are more likely to achieve our goals.
#277 There is a clear relationship between self-disclosure and likability. When you share more about yourself with others, they tend to like you more.
#278 Satisfaction in your relationship is directly correlated with the amount of respect you show to your partner.
#279 In healthy relationships, both partners take responsibility for conflict and relational success.
#280 Being more sympathetic can enhance your creativity when it comes to problem-solving.
#281 It takes fifty hours on average with someone before they move from acquaintance to casual friend.
#282 25% of people don't feel comfortable sharing their struggles with anyone
#283 We far underestimate the positive impact of simple compliments on another person’s psyche and mood.
#284 Individuals who gave or helped others experienced less stress.
#285 Individuals who spend time giving to others perceive that they have more time available and this positively influences their overall stress levels.
#286 When you constantly forgive someone and allow them to take advantage of you this will negatively impact your sense of self-respect.
#287 Conversations beyond small talk are more enjoyable and can lead to stronger connections.
#288 People who are more anxious and have lower self-esteem are more likely to exhibit heightened emotional reactivity.
#289 When we become less emotionally reactive we experience greater happiness.
#290 People who are more emotionally reactive are at a greater risk for experiencing anxiety, depression, and stress.

22 facts about confidence and happiness

#291 Chronically second-guessing yourself may lead you into an emotional trap where you feel anxious and procrastinate.
#292 Constantly second-guessing yourself can lead to depression and lower your self-esteem.
#293 Revising your initial decision makes it less likely for you to have made the accurate choice.
#294 Building self-esteem results in greater satisfaction, happiness, and fewer negative moods.
#295 Those with high self-esteem suffer less emotional distress when encountering negative feedback from others.
#296 Negative self-talk predicts loneliness, especially if it involves a socially threatening mentality.
#297 The intervention of negative self-talk leads to less anxiety and higher self-confidence, self-optimization, self-efficacy, and performance.
#298 Leaders who perceive themselves to be effective leaders are more likely to demonstrate good leadership.
#299 Harnessing your strengths improves confidence and sense of direction in life.
#300 Research shows that self-assured daughters of feminist women are more likely to voice their opinions and stand up for themselves in their relationships.
#301 Those who are not self-assured frequently doubt their own abilities and worry about their image despite being top achievers.
#302 Self-esteem and confidence usually go hand in hand: research on athletes has shown that people with lower self-esteem have lower self-confidence.
#303 Research has shown that self-confidence and self-esteem rise with age.
#304 Positive self-talk intervention leads to less anxiety and higher self-confidence, self-optimization, self-efficacy, and performance.
#305 Self-acceptance leads to higher self-esteem and general psychological well-being.
#306 There's a significant positive correlation between assertive behavior and self-esteem in adolescents.
#307 Higher self-confidence predicts happiness, while lower self-confidence predicts higher levels of loneliness.
#308 A 2007 study found that happier people are more confident in their thoughts.
#309 Although there is some evidence that self-esteem is partly regulated by a certain gene, it is mostly affected by environmental factors.
#310 Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been found to be successful in raising self-esteem in different age groups.
#311 People with low self-esteem have a harder time accepting any positive feedback.
#312 When it comes to driving ability, most people consider themselves above average. This is the Dunning-Kruger effect at play.

28 facts about negativity and happiness

#313 Cynicism has been found in young children. Even young children believe others can act in their own self-interest.
#314 Women who score higher on cynicism are at greater risk of coronary heart disease and have a higher mortality rate.
#315 Those scoring higher on a cynicism questionnaire earn an average of $300 a month less than those scoring lower on cynicism.
#316 If you are rude, then those around you are more likely to be in a negative mood and have lower levels of energy.
#317 If people witness someone do something rude they are less likely to perform well on work-related tasks and they are more likely to avoid the rude person.
#318 Those who tend to see the bad in any given situation are also more likely to have anxiety and depression.
#319 Research indicates a positive association between pessimism and all-cause mortality.
#320 Being judgmental doesn’t only cause us to make wrong assumptions or assessments; it can also negatively affect our mental wellbeing.
#321 Having negative thoughts stuck in your head is associated with a greater likelihood of experiencing both a current depressive episode.
#322 A study from 2018 showed that more negative language in the media led to a significant increase in participants’ mental and physiological issues.
#323 Holding on to resentment makes you feel like whatever bad thing happened to you happened more recently.
#324 If you allow a sense of learned helplessness to linger for too long you are likely to develop depression.
#325 You are prone to experience greater levels of fear and anxiety if you allow learned helplessness to stick around.
#326 Suppressing emotions has a negative impact on overall well-being.
#327 Rumination and worry is correlated with anxiety and depression.
#328 Individuals who score high on a scale measuring fear of success are far more likely to engage in self-sabotaging behaviors.
#329 Individuals who self-sabotage are less likely to succeed in academic environments, which can influence their overall career path and future life choices.
#330 What we perceive as a personal failure can impact our feelings of self-worth, reduce our self-esteem and dampen our mood.
#331 Living in a state of overwhelm can negatively influence your memory and learning performance.
#332 Individuals who are constantly living with a sense of urgency are at a higher risk for developing hypertension.
#333 Negativity bias causes an increased startle response and heart rate.
#334 High levels of reactance correspond with increased anger and negative thoughts.
#335 Chronic variable stress reduces your cognitive functioning and puts you at a higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.
#336 Self-blaming emotions are strongly associated with depressive mood disorders.
#337 Consistent focus on stress and fear leads to an experience of anxiety.
#338 The most common reason for people to not seek help for their mental health issues is that they don't consider them to be significant enough.
#339 28.18% of the population is suffering from depression and anxiety.
#340 Fear of the unknown is one of the fundamental factors of anxiety which is why it can be hard to leave things up to fate.

10 facts about kindness and happiness

#341 People who are kinder have longer-lasting personal relationships and experience greater levels of happiness and success.
#342 People are more likely to be nice to people who are nice to them.
#343 Your “niceness” is the most important factor when it comes to establishing a serious and committed relationship.
#344 The decision to forgive someone is correlated with greater forgiveness and happiness down the road.
#345 Forgiveness decreases depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress in emotionally abused women.
#346 Making donations to charity activates the reward center of the brain. This suggests that it is inherently rewarding.
#347 Happier people tend to give more. So by becoming happier, you are also becoming a more generous person who will continue to do more good.
#348 93% of people who volunteered the previous year feel happier as a result.
#349 Only 15% of conversations include some form of the words “Thank you”.
#350 Higher compassion is positively related to sustainable shopping behavior.

27 facts about mindfulness and happiness

#351 Individuals who incorporate mindfulness in their lives are able to use healthier coping strategies when encountering stressors and experienced greater well-being.
#352 Increased mindfulness results in fewer mental health issues and improved regulation of an individual’s behavior.
#353 Medical students who do not participate in mindful practices are more likely to experience higher levels of stress and anxiety.
#354 Educators who practice mindfulness are far less likely to experience burnout compared to those who do not incorporate mindfulness practices.
#355 Mindfulness-based therapy is an effective intervention for treating anxiety and mood issues.
#356 Being present in the moment helps to reduce worrying, rumination, and mood issues.
#357 Present-moment awareness is associated with enhanced responses to daily stress and stressful events in the future.
#358 Meditation and mindfulness techniques can offer a helpful way to cope with change, uncertainty, and crisis.
#359 Being fully present for life’s experiences generates positive emotions and improves our psychological health.
#360 Studies have shown the positive effects of mediation, and how those who practice meditation have an improved outlook, and as a result greater self-satisfaction and happiness.
#361 Mindfulness is effective in reducing chronic worry.
#362 Meditation reduces the level of grey matter atrophy in long term meditators.
#363 Meditation has been found to be an effective treatment for sufferers of major depressive disorder (MDD) with an inadequate response to antidepressants.
#364 Implementing breathing-based meditation results in reduced symptoms of PTSD.
#365 Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) improves mind frames and outlooks for a plethora of issues.
#366 Practicing mindfulness is related to greater emotion differentiation and fewer emotional difficulties in young adults.
#367 A short mindfulness intervention can benefit emotion regulation on a neurobiological level – meaning that mindfulness can change how certain areas of the brain work.
#368 If you invest in developing the skill of thinking less you can reduce your stress and stave off anxiety and depression.
#369 If we can become more present and mindful of the present moment, we will be better able to cope with any stressors that do come our way and we will experience greater levels of positivity.
#370 Being present in the moment is an evidence-based way to boost your psychological health.
#371 Individuals who were more mindful and present were able to better regulate their mood than individuals who did not embrace mindfulness.
#372 Self-reflection exercises improves your clinical competence and reduces stress levels.
#373 Self-reflection is linked to personal growth and higher life satisfaction.
#374 A daily meditation practice increases our feelings of positivity, reduces our symptoms of illness, increases our connection with ourselves and others, and promotes our overall well-being.
#375 When we hum during our mantra or meditation practice, nitric oxide is released into the body, this helps muscle relaxation and blood flow.
#376 Individuals who develop a sense of self-connection experience greater well-being.
#377 Those who have a deeper personal insight also have stronger relationships.

10 facts about journaling and happiness

#378 Through months of ‘positive affect journaling’, medical patients showed reduced anxiety and depressive symptoms, and increased resilience.
#379 Journaling has been found to have clinical benefits with patients suffering a range of conditions, from irritable bowel syndrome to lupus.
#380 Journaling is the go-to writing medium when processing emotional hardships.
#381 Expressive writing, especially for those who have undergone traumatic events, has both psychological and physical benefits.
#382 Expressive writing and journaling results in improvements in health and well‐being.
#383 Writing about a distressing event is associated with decreases in distress and perceived burden.
#384 Expressive journaling for 20 minutes a day can lower your depression scores significantly.
#385 Visual journaling can help decrease stress, anxiety and negative affect levels in medical students.
#386 Journaling before going to bed can reduce bedtime worrying and help you fall asleep faster.
#387 When people write down their fears and worries about an upcoming high-pressure situation, it serves to boost their actual performance.

14 facts about passion and purpose and happiness

#388 Individuals who pursue their passion harmoniously and with more self-control experience an improvement in well-being.
#389 Your sense of life purpose and the meaning you assign to your future may predict your psychological and physical well-being.
#390 Those who have found a sense of purpose in life have a reduced risk of mortality.
#391 Finding purpose and direction in life has also been shown to be protective against negative life events.
#392 Individuals who harmoniously engage in an activity that they’re passionate about experience greater levels of hedonic and eudaimonic happiness.
#393 Individuals who pursue their passion harmoniously and with more self-control experience an improvement in well-being.
#394 Having a high sense of purpose in life is associated with a reduced risk of mortality.
#395 Having or looking for a meaning in life predicts lower levels of suicidal ideation and lower suicide risk.
#396 There's a lower risk of death for people with a high sense of purpose in life. Mortality is about one-fifth lower for people reporting a strong sense of purpose.
#397 Acting in alignment with your own values and forming your own way of thinking is what leads to well-being no matter what your cultural background may be.
#398 Individuals who are intentional about their reasons for living and their purpose in life are less likely to be stressed, depressed, and suicidal.
#399 Elderly individuals who are more purposeful in their day-to-day life have extended longevity relative to their peers.
#400 When our values align with our country’s politics and social norms, we feel a greater sense of belonging and more profound happiness.
#401 Performing daily value-based actions reduce stress and increase wellbeing.

7 facts about health and happiness

#402 Depression decreases your overall quality of life similar to the effects of arthritis, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
#403 People in good health engage in more routine behaviors.
#404 People who are more conscientious also make healthier choices.
#405 Burnout not only causes depressive symptoms and depersonalization but physical issues too.
#406 Sleep deprivation is linked to many negative side-effects, amongst which depression, diabetes, and heart disease.
#407 Sleep deprivation impairs the working memory of the human brain.
#408 Practising optimism is linked to a 35% lower chance of heart disease, and a 14% lower chance of early death.

36 facts about work and happiness

#409 Honesty with oneself is related to a greater sense of fulfillment in an individual’s career.
#410 Being in an environment with lots of clutter reduces your ability to focus on the work you need to do.
#411 Employee empowerment is strongly linked to their motivation.
#412 Only 13% of workers from the United States find happiness in what they do for a living.
#413 People with a higher education level have higher income levels and a higher probability of being employed, and thus, report higher levels of happiness.
#414 Job satisfaction is positively related to life satisfaction, happiness, positive affect, and the absence of negative affect.
#415 While income and wealth do contribute towards life satisfaction, it’s not the size of income, but rather the perceived financial situation and control over life that seem to make us happier.
#416 The absolute income (the amount one earns) has no effect on a person's happiness, but the ranked position of one’s income does.
#417 Organizations learn more from their failures than their successes and that the magnitude of the failure is actually a good predictor of future success.
#418 When individuals can't understand their identity at work, the organization experiences reduced levels of cooperation and their performance suffers.
#419 When you take the time to effectively recover after work, you are less likely to feel burnt out and more likely to experience job satisfaction.
#420 Research shows that if you cannot decrease your stress response after work, your health will suffer.
#421 Individuals who participate in self-growth measures are less likely to experience burnout at work.
#422 Employee resilience and motivation increases in response to humble leadership. It’s a simple way to encourage satisfaction and buy-in.
#423 Coworker relationships were far more linked to good health than a boss’ behavior and the work environment.
#424 Happier workers help their colleagues 33% more compared to those who aren’t happy.
#425 Problematic interpersonal relationships in the work environment significantly increase the odds that a person develops depression.
#426 Having a highly competent boss is easily the largest positive influence on a typical worker’s level of job satisfaction.
#427 The way people manage conflict tends to cause more tension than the conflict itself.
#428 People that develop a strong character and coping mechanisms are less prone to high stress in the workplace and experience greater job satisfaction.
#429 Leaders with high levels of personal integrity and a strong character inspire fewer unethical incidents in the workplace.
#430 The ability to work remotely increases employee happiness by as much as 20%.
#431 Millennials are happiest when working remotely.
#432 Returning to office-based work after the pandemic reduces employee happiness.
#433 Employee happiness decreases as commute times increase.
#434 Happiness at work is significantly correlated to overall life happiness.
#435 Individuals who emphasized perfection in the workplace experienced significantly increased stress levels at work and were more likely to burn out.
#436 When our occupation provides personal meaning and fulfillment, we are more likely to adopt a positive self-image in our place of work.
#437 Multitasking reduces productivity by up to 40%.
#438 Productivity per hour drops sharply when you work over 50 hours per week. After 55 hours, the loss in productivity is so big that there’s no point to put in even more hours.
#439 Curious people are more productive at work and achieve greater levels of success.
#440 Employees are more likely to stay at their current employer and feel a greater sense of belonging when they feel respected.
#441 Individuals who were more easily offended demonstrated poorer task performance at work and had more negative attitudes as perceived by their supervisor.
#442 Only 3.71% of people feel comfortable talking with their manager(s) about their mental health issues.
#443 Individuals who are more easygoing and let little things slide experience greater job satisfaction.
#444 Job burnout is surging internationally.

19 facts about exercise and happiness

#445 Dancing is an excellent way to relieve stress and may have more benefits than any other form of exercise.
#446 Walking alone or in a group can be used as a treatment for depression, and there is some evidence that walking can also prevent depression
#447 Walking can be used as a potentially promising intervention to decrease psychological stress.
#448 A lack of exercising may lead to severe chronic ilnesses.
#449 There is a significant increase in happiness even if you just exercise 1 day a week and that even 10 minutes may be enough to make you happier.
#450 Physical exercise is just as effective in reducing worrying as mindfulness meditation.
#451 Good physical health is a strong predictor of happiness, but in turn, happiness can influence physical health.
#452 Yoga promotes the creation and focus upon an atmosphere of mindfulness.
#453 People who were inactive are more than twice as likely to be unhappy as those who remain active.
#454 Physical activity has been linked to increased confidence and emotional stability, positive body image and improved self-control.
#455 A study compared people walking with slumped posture and upright. The latter had much more positive memories of the walk.
#456 Practicing self-reflection is considered necessary in order to improve physical and mental performance.
#457 Incorporating laughter in workouts helps participants relax, strengthens muscles and improves mental health.
#458 People with moderate to high activity levels have significantly higher life satisfaction and happiness than those with lower levels.
#459 It takes just about five minutes after a moderate workout for your mood to improve.
#460 Exercising regularly leads people to start eating healthier over time.
#461 Doing regular exercise helps keep your immune system from weakening as you age, keeping you stronger and healthier for longer.
#462 Cardio exercise improves working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control among adults who are at risk of cognitive decline.
#463 Exercising increases self-esteem even if you don't experience any physical changes.

8 facts about social media and happiness

#464 The dopamine we receive from someone retweeting a tweet or liking a social media post activates the same reward circuits in our brain as money, delicious food, and psychostimulant drugs.
#465 Research suggests that social media use is linked to several mental health disorders.
#466 Limiting your social media use can decrease depression and loneliness.
#467 People who spent more time on highly visual social media are more likely to experience envy.
#468 People comparing themselves to others on Facebook are more likely to suffer low self-esteem and depressive symptoms.
#469 Looking at positive, self-compassion related social media posts can reduce negative mood
#470 "Fitspiration"-type posts calling people to improve their personal fitness increased negative mood.
#471 Pretending to be happy on social media can make you happier, but being honest gets you more support from friends.

10 facts about diet and happiness

#472 Dark chocolate contains an antioxidant that gives you a burst of endorphins and serotonin.
#473 Chewing gum alleviates poor mood and reduces the stress hormone cortisol.
#474 A 2017 study on sensory-specific satiety found that the first bite of delicious food tastes better than all successive bites.
#475 An unhealthy diet is linked to a higher likelihood of depression.
#476 Vegans report higher happiness levels than meat-eaters (+7%).
#477 Happier people are more likely to turn 100% vegan in the future.
#478 Healthy eating correlated with improved mood and happiness, the biggest effect caused by eating vegetables.
#479 People who share meals more often report feeling happier and more satisfied.
#480 Healthy, quality food has been linked to happiness.
#481 There's a link between children who were brought up eating fast food, copious amounts of sugar-infused foods and drinks with an ADHD diagnosis.

4 facts about nature and happiness

#482 Exposure to sunlight increases both serotonin and endorphins – two happiness hormones.
#483 Experiencing a sense of awe reduces stress and increases satisfaction.
#484 Spending time outdoors significantly reduces stress.
#485 Spending time outdoors increases cognitive functioning, improves your immune system, and reduces stress and blood pressure.

6 facts about goals and happiness

#486 People who view their goals as attainable have higher mental and emotional wellbeing.
#487 People who persevere and work towards their goals and face challenges with a positive outlook are at a lower risk of depression, generalized anxiety, and panic disorder.
#488 To live meaningfully, you must pursue a personal goal, but accomplishing that goal is less important than having them.
#489 Goal setting is linked with improved self-confidence, motivation, and autonomy.
#490 Striving towards self-congruent goals enhances the happiness that comes from making progress on them.
#491 When we strive to meet unachievable goals, we increase our chances of anxiety and depression.

18 miscellaneous facts about happiness

#492 People feel more energetic and happier after watching cat videos.
#493 By getting a massage, your body releases oxytocin, as well as serotonin and dopamine.
#494 Touching a teddy bear helps reduce existential anxiety.
#495 Green colors in your environment improve your mood in several ways.
#496 Freshly cut grass releases at least 5 chemicals with stress-relieving properties.
#497 Research shows that our brains might just be wired for lazy behaviors.
#498 Physical laziness is not only a natural but normal part of being human.
#499 It’s been proven that people are typically happier planning vacations than after going on them.
#500 People who receive unexpected windfalls like a lottery win or an inheritance are happier in the year after receiving the money, but this effect doesn’t last.
#501 Attractive people tend to be happier. This effect is mediated by a number of factors, including relationships as well as cultural context.
#502 Men are 250% more likely to associate sex with happiness than women are.
#503 People who receive windfalls like winning a lottery also experience lower mental stress and report higher happiness in the following year.
#504 73% of people actually experience anxiety when unable to find their phones.
#505 Having any type of pet helps raise our self-esteem and provides us with social support.
#506 Losing a dog can be as difficult as losing a human loved one.
#507 When we share eye contact with our dogs, oxytocin is released in our brains.
#508 As time goes on, the negative emotions associated with a memory seem to fade.
#509 We’re more likely to consider positive interpretations of ourselves as accurate when compared with negative interpretations.

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Founder of Tracking Happiness and lives in the Netherlands. Ran 5 marathons, with one of them in under 4 hours (3:59:58 to be exact). Data junkie and happiness tracker for over 7 years.

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