The Science of Happiness – An Experiment in Gratitude
What makes you happy? Have you ever wondered why? Join Soul Pancake as they take an experimental approach on what makes people happier.
What makes you happy? Having fun, delicious food, hanging out with friends, making money?
Consider this, psychologist have scientifically proven that one of the greatest contributing factors to overall happiness in your life is how much gratitude you show.
Soul Pancake decided to perform the test themselves. They gather a selection of volunteers. First they took a test to gain a good idea of their current level of happiness. Then they were asked to close their eyes and to think of someone who was really influential in their lives, someone did something really amazing or important for them. They wrote down as much as they could about why this person was so important. Then they really put them on the spot and tried to get them to call that person and read what they wrote about them.
What the video to see the experiment in action.
For those who took the time to actually write something down but couldn’t make the phone call, happiness increase from 2 to 4%. Good but not exactly mind blowing.
Now for those who actually made the phone call and personally expressed their gratitude, happiness increased from 4 to 19%.
So either way, expressing your gratitude will make you a happier person.
The most interesting outcome of the experiment, the person who experienced the biggest jump in happiness was least happiest person who participated. That means if you are having a particularly tough time, trying this out will more likely have a greater impact on you.