An interesting read on Buzzfeed I read via Flipboard on things one worries about.
I was especially interested in no.4.
Not having reached all the goals you set yourself as a teenager.
Setting yourself high goals can make you feel unhappy if you don’t reach them.
In her book Generation Me (Atria Books, 2014), Jean Twenge, a Psychology professor from San Diego State University, explains that people who set themselves high goals feel significantly less happy than their peers when they don’t achieve them. “It’s the natural, if unintended, backfiring of a childhood filled with messages like, You can be anything you want to be!”.
According to a paper published in Social Psychological and Personality Science in 2015, “With expectations so high, less happiness in adulthood may be the inevitable result.”
Another paper published in the British Medical Journal in 2006 suggests that Denmark is the happiest nation because Danes have the lowest expectations.

I should have been a Dane. 🙂



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