• Wed, Aug 18 2010

Happiness is A Full Schedule: Busy People Are Happier Than Bored People

Check out this busy, happy woman.

According to a study published in the Journal Psychological Science, busy people are happier than people who’ve got lots of down time. Researchers say that those with full schedules feel a sense of accomplishment, and are stimulated by the nonstop action, whereas those with long, lazy days usually end up feeling bored and uninspired.

What a revelation. Anyone who’s been through a big break up or found themselves unemployed knows that loads of free time is fun for about a week, until you’re bored out of your mind. If you regularly find yourself feeling dull with too much down time, Self Magazine suggests de-cluttering and re-decorating your space to encourage inspiration. We suggest finding classes, jump-starting a fitness routine, and calling up friends to get out and do as much stuff as possible. You’ll probably discover it’s not that hard to fill your calendar, after all.

via Self Magazine

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  • melissa

    i agree to this based on my own experience. the sense of accomplishment at the end of a busy day is rewarding compared to not being able to do anything productive.

  • cheska

    Cool discovery. In a sense, yeah i guess i do agree to this especially with the accomplishment part and the 1 week effect of being absolutely free from obligations (yeah guilty as charged!). What’s important i feel is having a strong sense of balance between rest and motion so as not to wear yourself out.
    Someone once said, “too much of anything is bad for you”

  • Lose Weight Naturally

    hi, you are right. it would always be nice if you are busy in doing something, rather than time pass

  • Zinky V

    This article is spot on. Linking to this there is research showing that people who used a diary to plan ahead with things to do suffered far less depression/low moods, than those who used a diary to review the past.

    Sometimes we have to work at achieving happiness, but it is certainly an attainable goal regardless of where you have been in the past

  • catherine

    I was speaking to my chiro about the topic. His insight is it all depends on how one is functioning and their ability to deal with stress. Those who are constantly busy often can’t relax, which can be stressful itself. Some people thrive when busy while others crash.