Happiness despite economic gloom

Happiness despite economic gloom

Why We”re Still Happy

By SONJA LYUBOMIRSKY

Published: December 26, 2008

THESE days, bad news about the economy is everywhere.

So why aren”t we panicking? Why aren”t we spending our days dejected about the markets? How is it that we manage to remain mostly preoccupied with the quotidian tasks and concerns of life? Traffic, dinner, homework, deadlines, sharp words, flirtatious glances.

Because the news these days affects everyone.

Research in psychology and economics suggests that when only your salary is cut, or when only you make a foolish investment, or when only you lose your job, you become considerably less satisfied with your life. But when everyone from autoworkers to Wall Street financiers becomes worse off, your life satisfaction remains pretty much the same.

To read more about how positive psychology can explain happiness even during these difficult times – click here