Think you’re too busy? It’s probably making you happier.

If you feel like you’re always busy, turns out that might be a very good thing. New research has shown that people who are busy tend to be happier.

When given a choice study participants chose to do nothing but needed only a tiny motivation – like a piece of candy – to do something. And it turned out that they were happier once they stopped being idle. “It’s as if people understand that being busy will keep them happier, but they need an excuse of some kind.”

There’s a slight catch though: While being busy makes you happier, feeling rushed doesn’t. We seem to like some time pressure but the stress of endless impending deadlines makes us, well, unhappier.

 

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