Here’s How To Increase Your Happiness In Just One
The key to happiness may be
as simple as logging off Facebook for a week, a new Danish studyhas found.
Researchers at The Happiness Institute tested how social media
affected users’ general happiness.
A total of 1,095 Facebook users were asked
to evaluate their overall life satisfaction on a scale from 1 to 10 based on
different factors, such ashow
happy they were,how
much they enjoyed life, whether they felt worried or sad, and if
they were enthusiastic or decisive.
After the evaluation, half of
the group was asked to avoid going on Facebook for a week, while the other half
was told to continue with their lives as normal.
A week later, the participants’ life satisfaction was once again
Results revealed those who hadn’t given up Facebook experienced a
slight increase in their overall happiness, from an average happiness rating of
7.67 to 7.75.
However, this group was also 55 percent more likely to feel
stressed. The group that had given up social media, on the other hand,
experienced a much more significant increase in happiness — their happiness
rating jumped from 7.56 to 8.12.
Participants who gave up Facebook also experienced an increase
in social activity and satisfaction with their social lives.
And when they were
asked about their moods on the last day of the experiment, they reported
feeling happier and less sad than the group that had kept Facebook.
the group without Facebook was 18 percent more likely to feel present and in the
Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, said it’s
not that Facebook is inherently
bad, but rather the social media site might affect the way
individuals perceive their lives.
“Facebook distorts our perception of reality
and of what other people’s lives really look like,” Wiking toldThe Local.
“We take into account how we’re
doing in life through comparisons to everyone else, and since most people only
post positive things on Facebook, that gives us a very biased perception of
Facebook acts as a “non-stop great news channel” and puts users
at risk of seeing their own lives in a negative light.
“It shouldn’t be used as
the background for evaluating our own lives,” Wiking added.
According to the
researchers, this is because humans have an innate tendency to lose focus on
what they actually need and instead focus on what others have.
For example, the
study found many of the volunteers responded negatively to other people’s
Facebook posts when they included the hashtags #AMAZING, #HAPPY, or