The Science of Joy: New Study Finds We Are Hard-Wired To Give & Benefit From Doing So

Written by on January 12, 2016 in Conscious Living, Happiness & Humor, Sci-Tech, Science with 3 Comments


By Alexa Erickson | Collective Evolution

Happiness. It’s a loaded word. We are constantly trying to understand it so that we can incorporate it into our lives. We try to define our happiness by all the little things that make up our existence. Does our appearance make us happy? Does our health make us happy? Do we feel fulfilled enough in our jobs to feel happy? Are we in love? Do we have a family? Do these things determine our happiness radar, too? And then, once we mull over these things, we measure just how much each aspect of our lives makes us happy. And then we question if we could be happier. It’s a strange and vicious cycle that, ultimately, has you asking many more questions than simply living from a place of peace.

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And then, of course, there’s the day-to-day things that give us bursts of immediate happiness. They are so different for each person. It could be as trivial as a bite of chocolate; as easy as curling up on the couch for a movie. Perhaps it’s stepping out for a long and indulgent run, rain or shine, the fresh air smacking you in the face as your blood pumps rapidly throughout your body. Happiness, as we know it, seems like something internal. Until now.

According to leading scientific research, the root of happiness has nothing to do with diving into a bowl of pasta, putting on makeup to enhance your appearance, pumping iron, or even taking advantage of a relaxing movie night. So, while we know that we enjoy external things wholeheartedly, apparently, there’s something much more practical yet surprisingly meaningful to take into consideration.

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A new study conducted by Canadian psychologists says that our own personal joy is created simply by being nice — not in terms of being respectful or polite, but by bringing out the good in other people through kindness. One of the study’s authors, Lynn Alden, who is a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, says that we should focus on being kind to others in a selfless manner, not a selfish one. “It’s more of an attitude change – being alert of things you can do for other people and doing them spontaneously because you want to do them. It has a side effect of making you feel good,” she explains. She continues to say that we are actually “hard-wired” to appreciate others’ happiness.

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  1.' طالب عدل says:

    what impose humanity ?
    I think the presidents and the media are the cause of destruction in the world. Why hatred between the peoples of the world ?
    I swear that people there are no problems with eachother, only presidents and the media are the reason

  2.' Joseph Sousa says:

    Please tell everyone to give me anytime they want to be happy and free from guilt of having more than what they need.

  3.' Steve Elder says:

    Sometimes it makes me feel happy….but when I give to compensate for the babies daddy not being there to support the children he created…then I feel like I want to channel Dirty Harry and find these guys and blow their dick off. It’s obviously a responsibility they can’t handle. That’s as honest as I can be.

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