Psychologists find pursuit of happiness not a straight path

Psychologists find pursuit of happiness not a straight path

Achievable, yes, says a Michigan State University psychologist. But after analyzing years of data tracking people through their lives of joys and sorrows, scientists conclude that major changes in life circumstances – like marriage, divorce, or debilitating illness – can indeed have long-term impact on happiness levels.

In the April issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science, Richard Lucas, associate professor of psychology, reviews some recent studies that fly in the face of the popular belief that general happiness levels were a constant and impervious to long-term change.

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