Happiness: Staying Positive in Negative Territory

Happiness: Staying Positive in Negative Territory

By Sharon Jayson, USA TODAY

 

TORONTO _ã” Pursuing happiness may be an inalienable right, but it’s tougher keeping those spirits up while your 401(k) is lower than it used to be.

Part of the reason, say those who study the subject, is that you may be looking for happiness in all the wrong places. People can be happy in an economic slump _ã” they just have to change their ideas about what it takes to be happy, say a growing number of psychologists who study “positive psychology,” which emphasizes the benefits of optimism and having a positive outlook.

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