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Happiness Plays An Important Role In Success

A new research has revealed that happiness results in success, and not the other way round. The Psychological Bulletin of the American Psychological Association has published this study. Happiness contributes towards // reinforcing positive emotions, which also motivates people to undertake new goals and succeed at them.

Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky of the University of California and colleagues examined the connections between desirable characteristics, life successes and well-being of over 275,000 people, and found that chronically happy people are in general more successful across many life domains than less happy people.

"Happy people are more likely to achieve favorable life circumstances, and this may be because happy people frequently experience positive moods and these positive moods prompt them to be more likely to work actively toward new goals and build new resources. When people feel happy, they tend to feel confident, optimistic, and energetic and others find them likable and sociable," said Dr. Lyubomirsky.

The researchers examined studies involving three different types of evidence, cross-sectional, longitudinal and experimental designs to determine how happiness and positive emotions are related to culturally valued success.

They chose to use these different types of evidence to bolster their confidence in establishing cause-and-effect relationships among happiness, positive affect, and success. Cross-sectional studies compare different groups of people and answer questions like, "Are happy people more successful than unhappy people?" and "Does long-term happiness and short term positive affect co-occur with desirable behaviors?"

Longitudinal studies examine groups of people over a period of time and address questions like, "Does happiness precede success?" and "Does positive affect pave the way for success-like behaviors?" Finally, experimental studies manipulate variables to test whether an
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