The pursuit of happiness is likely as old as the human race. We read those reports that rate the happiest places on earth, wondering, “What’s their secret?”
Scientists have been working on defining and measuring happiness for years. They’ve learned a lot about what influences individual happiness — and, spoiler alert, it’s not necessarily wealth.
One large study that evaluated the emotional well-being of more than 450,000 people found that their happiness increased along with their annual income, but only until they reached $75,000. Once they met their basic needs, higher incomes didn’t mean greater happiness.
Want to increase your happiness? Research has shown that these four practices can help you feel more joy and happiness in your daily life.