Guess What the Key to Happiness Is?


From the Pacific Standard. According to a new study:

Who among us are the most happy? Newly published research suggests it is those fortunate folks who have little or no excess time, and yet seldom feel rushed.

This busy but blissful group comprises 8 to 12 percent of Americans, making it “a small and unusual minority within the general population,” writes University of Maryland sociologist John P. Robinson.

According to his analysis, the happiness level of this group is 12 to 25 percent higher than that of those of most Americans. What’s more, while the general population’s happiness level is going down, theirs is increasing…

So the question is, how does one cultivate this busyness + lack of hurry? Is it a person’s temperament? Or is it a matter of circumstance?

And what might Sabbath—an intentional time to stop, look, and listen—have to do with it?


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5 Responses to Guess What the Key to Happiness Is?

  1. A still heart in the midst of the busyness of every day life is an accomplishment or gift, or perhaps both. I am reminded how the book of Hebrews discusses how Jesus has become our Sabbath rest.

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  3. Alex says:

    I am a little embarrassed to say that this fits me pretty well. I rarely have excess time but don’t feel rushed very often and usually get things done in a timely fashion. I have no idea how it works out, it just does.

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