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Hope makes you happier

Hoping for a better tomorrow has now been proven to make you happier!

New research has proven that people who are optimistic about the future are happier than those who aren’t.

Two recent studies from The University of Queensland School of Economics, the University of New South Wales, the Australian National University, and Monash University, have found that feeling positive about the future is a major factor in obtaining happiness.

Professor Paul Frijters, one of the authors of the two studies, said a sample of over 10,000 Australians over nine years showed that people seemed to be better off if they expected good things to come.

“People systematically over-estimate how rosy the future should be and this is crucial for their wellbeing,” he said.

“People are much less affected by regret than previously thought, and they do not tend they tell themselves the future will be bad so that the future will turn out to be a pleasant surprise,” he said.

Researchers found that Australians over 35 and women tended to place more importance on “future imagined health” than men and under-35s. For the latter, future imagined health was not seen as important for happiness.

The study also surveyed over 17,000 Chinese people in 2002, on happiness and optimism for the future.

“We found that the poorest group was the happiest. People in the countryside had incomes less than a third of that of people in the cities, but still 62% of the rural respondents said they were happy or very happy, while only 56% of the urban respondents were at least happy,” said Professor Frijters.

“The most miserable group in China were the migrants who had come to the cities from the countryside. While they were earning more than double what those ‘back home in the countryside’ were earning, only 44% of them were happy.

So if you want to increase your level of happiest a great way to do that is to be optimistic and about the future and believe that happiness will come!

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