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.
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
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.