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PPN Bites: “Why should we anticipate our own happiness?” by Carin Rockind (Episode 20)

written by Carin Rockind 20 November 2018

Carin Rockind, MAPP '10, is an empowerment coach and inspirational speaker. Carin holds the simple philosophy that we each have a unique purpose on earth and we're happy when living it. Working with individuals and companies, she combines her expertise in Positive Psychology with experience as a trauma survivor and former Fortune 500 exec to support professional women to be truly happy and wildly successful. For more information, visit Website, Facebook, Twitter. Full bio. Carin's articles are here.

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Hi, I’m Carin Rockind. Welcome to PPN Bites, where we give you 60-second helpings of the Positive Psychology News you need to know. Humans are great at being able to look into the future. In fact, we’re the only animals that can. However, we’re not so great at anticipating our own happiness.

Research is showing that we anticipate a much happier future than ends up being the reality. However, research from 2018 is looking at what happens when we do this, and what the researchers found is that when we’re predicting a happier future, it actually gives our lives more meaning. This is even more so for people who are already searching for meaning and purpose. So as they, or we, anticipate a happier future, particularly about events like charity or doing things that will increase our positivity, that makes us feel like our lives are more meaningful.

So if you’re searching for purpose, or even if you’re not, a way to have a more meaningful future is to predict a happier one. We hope that this helps you take a bite out of happiness and improve your life. Bye for now.

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Van Tilburg, W.A.P. & Igou, E.R. J Happiness Stud (2018). Dreaming of a Brighter Future: Anticipating Happiness Instills Meaning in Life

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