Planning your happiness? Is it all scheduled? That might be the problem.
You’re walking on a sunny beach in California.
The sun is baking you to a crisp, and that’s what makes it so fun. You look back and see your footprints in the sand, which reminds you of a cheesy postcard at Hallmark. A loved one is with you. It’s an amazing experience, and you’re happy.
You know what would ruin that moment? According to a new study released this month, thinking about whether you’re happy or setting a lofty goal for your own happiness is a major buzzkill. Analyzing a group of people, asking them questions about their happiness goals (which honestly sounds like it could also ruin the experience), the researchers found that the self-analysis about happiness and goal-setting tends to make people less happy. Read more.