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New study shows the habits of happy people

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic believe they now understand the secret to being happy in life after a massive study that involved tens of thousands of subjects and decades of research.

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By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
6/9/2015 (5 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Health, Science, Mayo Clinic, Happiness

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - For most people, says Psychiatrist John Tamerin, chasing a better job, more money or even true love is the root of happiness.

But the constant pursuit of something better can backfire and make a person less happy.

"If you lead your life always waiting for a great thing to happen, you probably will be unhappy," he said.


Following a dozen clinical trials the researchers at the Mayo Clinic have published a new handbook that holds the key to happiness, which is all about focusing your attention.

"You can choose to live focusing on what is not right in your life," said Dr. Amit Sood, the lead researcher.

The research shows that the mind is a restless organ, wandering from thought to thought and every single emotion of the spectrum. To be happy, a person needs to channel these thoughts away from negative emotions to more positive ones.

The research also reveals that how happy a person is can be decided by how durable they are, how well they can take the curve balls of life. The happier a person is, the more likely they are to be good at compartmentalizing their lives.

"So for example, if you've had a difficult day, when you get back home, for the first three minutes, forget about it, park it, and meet your family as if they're long-lost friends," Dr. Sood said.

The self-involved thought is another hindrance to being happy, as is reflecting on negative things in a person's life.

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