A Surprising Key to Happiness

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Hi, I'm Barbara Ficarra here with a little strategy to help you feel happier. Take a stand on something that really matters to you. Recent research shows that, not just believing in a cause, but actively supporting it, translate into a happier, more contented life. In a series of studies, researchers surveyed over 1, 000 adults to find out if they consider themselves to be activists for any particular issue.

They find that that stronger person's activism, the better that the person felt. As long as his or her activity is raw and extreme. Specifically, the highly engaged activists, reported experiencing more positive emotions, feeling more satisfied with their lives, and feeling more connected to others. They found that the stronger a person's activism, the better that person felt as long as his or her activities weren't extreme.

Specifically the highly engage activists reported experiencing more positive emotions, feeling more satisfied with their lives and feeling more connected to others. Investing yourself in issues that are important to you, strengthens your sense of self and purpose, both of which can help get you through tough times.

So whether you write letters to Congress, or start a non-profit, take an active stand on the things that you believe in. You and the world will be better for it. For more ways to boost your health, watch and share all our smart health tips, right here.