Why We Should Pursue Happiness Together
The research suggests we're more likely to boost our happiness if we do it with others. By getting a coach, friends, family or therapist to help us along, we can get where we want to go.
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With all these new happiness apps, and programs, and online courses, you'd think we'd all be happier. But we're not. Things like anxiety, depression, and burnout are on the rise. So what's going on? We've forgotten the most important thing: we need to do things together.
We are happier when we build happiness together
Dr. Matt Killingsworth, founder of Track Your Happiness, has shown that we are happier doing just about everything when we do those things with others (with the exception of doing things with our boss :-) ). So if we are working on boosting our happiness, we really should aim to do in social ways that make use of the additional boost we get from being with people, especially people we love
We are more accountable when we build happiness together
Another reason we need to purse happiness together is because other people hold us accountable. You know, like when you don't really want to go to the gym but you are meeting a friend there. You go anyway because you don't want to ditch them, right?
Systems like this also work for boosting happiness. By finding ways to practice happiness together, you make it more likely that you'll actually do it. For example, you could volunteer with friends, take a happiness program with your bestie, or go for nature walks in a group.
So how do you plan to pursue happiness together with other people?
Want to learn more? Here's a video on building happiness together
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.