03 Feb The relationship between success and happiness
Success doesn’t make you happy – happiness creates success
By Judith Kleinfeld
Published Sunday, February 1, 2009
Why shouldn”t my friend Susan be happy? She has everything – money, a loving husband, a good job, and lots of friends.
Sure, her success in life makes her happy. But there’s a twist to Susan’s story. Her happy personality also created her success. People like to be around her. Her cheerful face makes others calmer and more optimistic.
Remember the saying, ‘smile and the world smiles with you. Cry and you cry alone?” Research suggests the adage is true.
“Happy people are more likely to achieve favorable life circumstances,” find psychologist Sonja Lyubomirski and her colleagues in a review of 225 studies, published in Psychological Bulletin.
It’s not that happiness comes from success. The insight of this research is that happiness also creates success; it’s a causal circle.
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