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 much.
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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 soeuphoricthat 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 Finns.
Thus, the researchers concluded that when it comes to being satisfied, the lower the expectations, the happier a nation and a person can be.