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New Study of 1 Million People: Happiness Makes You Dramatically More Successful

If you're a busy entrepreneur laser focused on the success of your business, happiness might seem like, if not an afterthought, then at least a secondary concern. It's tempting to think that once you've got your business humming along, then you can turn to emotional well-being. But if that's how you think, boy do I have a study to show you.

Conclusions happiness research

It's massive (looking at nearly one million people), conducted by some of the biggest names in positive psychology, and crystal clear in its conclusions: Being happier dramatically increases your chances of success at work. So next time you're tempted to push pursuing happiness into the future, remind yourself the latest science says happiness brings success and not the other way around.

Case closed: Happier workers are more successful workers.

Happiness first

The research, which recently appeared in the Journal of Happiness Studies (yes, this really exists) and was summed up by its authors in an MIT Sloan Management Review article, starts from a simple question. What comes first, success or happiness? Does being successful make you happy or does being happy make you successful?

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