Don't Worry, Be Happy

A recent study published in the American Psychological Association's Psychological Bulletin has uncovered a correlation not between success and happiness, but happiness and success. As one newspaper reports:

Researchers found that, contrary to popular belief, success doesn't necessarily bring happiness but rather that happy people tend to be more successful.

“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,” said lead author Sonja Lyubomirsky of the University of California, Riverside.

It would seem, then, that when you're happy, you're in a good mood, and when you're in a good mood, people are more likely to like you, and when people like you, they're more likely to give you a job or opportunity. Wow, no wonder we have so much faith in the promise of science: sooner or later, it confirms our most fragile beliefs.

I guess there was something to Bobby McFerrin's famously one-minute wondrous words, after all. What he was really getting at though, wasn't to just forget about your problems, but that if you weren't such a sour-puss worry-wart, you wouldn't have so many to begin with. In other words, if you don't worry, you'll have no worries.


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