While happiness is a result and not a goal,
consider these assorted findings:
Several thousand college freshmen were rated
according to their cheerfulness. Two decades later, those who
ranked at the top of the cheerfulness measures earned an average
income 31% higher than those with lower scores.
A study of employees at three U.S. companies
found that those with increased happiness measured over an 18-month
period had higher salary increases during that period.
People with greater left prefrontal cortex
activity – the area of the brain that generates happiness –
produce more antibodies and have stronger immune systems. Greater
activity in this part of the brain also relates to lower levels of
stress hormone. (Neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson)
Dutch men and women who laughed more often
and had more positive views of the future had a 25% lower risk of
mortality than those less optimistic.
Expansiveness and extroversion correlate with
a lower risk of diabetes.
Employees with a more consistently good mood
miss fewer days of work.
And happiness can help keep
money. Unhappy people – specifically those who are sad – become
self focused and spend as much as 300% more for the same item. (Dr.
Cynthia Cryder) The act of spending stimulates the pleasure center
of the brain and temporarily counters both sadness and anxiety.
Although not definitive, these findings
suggest that happiness – a register of positive energy – can
increase the most tangible and universal emblem of energy – money.