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D. Finding the Key to Happiness

Narrator: This is Science Today. It seems the sometimes elusive road to happiness may be found by not comparing yourself to others. Research conducted by Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychologist at the University of California, Riverside, found unhappy people tend to be much more influenced by social comparisons.

Lyubomirsky: Every day in our lives, we're inundated with information about how other people are faring, relative to us. By other people's successes and failures, their personalities, their lifestyles, how much money they make, how attractive they are. People who are unhappy are much more influenced by this kind of information. They think about it a great deal and that makes them even more unhappy. People who are happy, while they can not ignore information about how people are doing, they don't worry about it too much, they just focus on themselves.

Narrator: The key for unhappy people is not to dwell.

Lyubomirsky: If you find yourself thinking about how your friend is more attractive than you are or your colleague is making more money than you are - distract yourself. Think about something else. Do something engaging or fun.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.