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This is from a research paper I did in my final year of university in regards to perception and positive psychology. It was incredibly rewarding at the time, and I hope its at all helpful to you.... We all desire to be happy, yet we are conditioned to search for this “happiness” outside ourselves, in a never ending pursuit of material pleasures. We are conditioned to believe that by getting “the bigger house, the better job, the faster car, etc” we will fulfill the magic formula for our happiness. Unfortunately studies have shown that these things just don't correlate to lasting increases in happiness. Happiness needs to be approached as a life long “project”, which requires sustained effort, creativity, and internal motivation. But I assure you the rewards of this pursuit will far outweigh the required effort on your part. Comparatively, happier people have stronger immune systems, have higher salaries, better social networks, more resilient in the face of hardships, physically healthier, greater energy levels, and greater self-confidence and self-esteem, to name a just a few of the rewards.

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