The Sunny Land of Mental Well-Being

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Over the decades, a few psychological researchers have ventured out of the dark realm of mental illness into the sunny land of mental well-being. Perhaps the most eager explorer of this terrain was University of Illinois psychologist Edward Diener, referred to as “Dr. Happiness.” For more than two decades, Diener examined what does and does not make people feel satisfied with life.

There are some surprising results revealed by researchers on happiness. Take wealth, for instance, and all the delightful things that money can buy. Diener’s research, among others, has shown that once your basic needs are met, additional income does little to raise your sense of satisfaction with life.

How about a good education? No. Neither education nor a high IQ paves the road to happiness.

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