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Fundamental Two: Spend More Time Socializing

Created By: MICHAEL W. FORDYCE, Ph.D
Answers the question – What are the top 14 traits of happy people?

Highlights

Happy people tend to:

  • Be highly social.
  • Have a wide circle of close friends
  • Be “Joiners”
  • spend little time in isolation
  • Advice Given:
  • Join a group, club, church any type of organization that gives you the opportunity to be more social
  • Take a course at a college.
  • Volunteer
  • Stop passing up invitations

Use the “Act First” Principle “if you’ve got something about your personality that you want to change, the only way you can change is to act the way you’d like to be way first.”

Fundamental Two is “Spend More Time Socializing.” It suggests that the more time you spend in social activity and interaction, the happier you will be.

Past research in happiness has come to a pronounced conclusion regarding the critical role that social relationships play in human happiness. Of all the factors related to personal happiness, social activity is the most significant contributor of all — and, the happiest people live a highly active and satisfying social life ( 7, 21, 38, 39, 72, 78, 79, 80, 104, 108, 113, 117, 130, 132, 133, 135, 140, 143, 147, 200, 230, 235, 241, 255, 259, 261, 262, 310, 317, 338).

In Volume I of this series, we examined the extensive research on happiness. There we saw that social activity was proven to be the “number one” source of happiness. The collected research showed that a rewarding social life had a far greater impact on happiness than did success, or wealth, or, indeed, any other factor psychologists have studied.

There no doubt, according to the research, that social activity and happiness are strongly related. Based on this research, Fundamental Two suggests that you would be happier if you would “Spend More Time Socializing.” To understand more fully why, we’ll examine two of the major conclusions of the research which led us to this Fundamental:

  1. Social interaction is the most happiness- producing of all human activities.
  2. Happy people tend to be highly social.
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