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Fundamental Six: Lower Your Expectations & Aspirations

Initially, some researchers pinpointed an obvious conclusion: clearly a main reason happy people aren’t as ambitious is because they’ve already arrived! Many happy people, as we’ve seen before, already enjoy a great deal of success, and rarely express any desire to change their life (147). Why would they be particularly ambitious, when they’re already there?

But what about the many who’ve yet to arrive? The data regarding lower ambitions and expectations seemed to apply at all achievement levels…

Obviously, there was something more fundamental we happiness researchers should investigate further. My own, subsequent investigations tended to confirmed the original findings in many ways. Despite my original skepticism, I have, through my study, finally come appreciate how lower expectations and aspirations lead to happiness for all of us. Hopefully, this Chapter, will help clarify this “controversial” Fundamental for you.

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