Low expectations are the key to happiness
[ 2006-12-25 15:24 ]
Having extremely high expectations for
yourself or others may not be such a good thing after all, for a new study
has found that the real key to happiness lies in not expecting too
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The study, which appears in the upcoming issue of the BMJ, was
conducted by a team of researchers who set out to find out why life
satisfaction in Denmark substantially exceeds that in Sweden and Finland.
The researchers noted that two explanatory factors, among others such
as family life, health and a prosperous economy, give an insight into why
the Danes are such a happy people.
The first factor, the researchers noted, was that
winning the 1992 European Football Championship made the Danes so euphoric
that the feeling
lasted well past 1992.
Second, and more importantly, the researchers noted that while Danes
are very satisfied, their expectations for the coming year are rather low,
as well as being realistic.
In contrast, Italy and Greece, which rank low on life satisfaction,
rank high on expectations for the year to come, together with Swedes and
Thus, the researchers concluded that when it comes to being satisfied,
the lower the expectations, the happier a nation and a person can be.