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What Does Science Have to Say About Finding Happiness? More than You Think!

By Margaret Manning March 20, 2015 Mindset

One of the main problems with concepts like finding happiness is that they are hard to define. For most of human history, self-help gurus, writers and religious leaders owned these topics. Science was limited in its ability to enter the happiness discussion because it couldn’t look inside the human brain. Well, now, all that is changing.

Over the last few decades, as brain-scanning technologies have improved, researchers have been able to enter the happiness discussion. As a result, we are finally able to start having an informed, data-driven, discussion about happiness and positivity.

What Does Science Have to Say About Finding Happiness?

If you are looking for a short, easy-to-understand, explanation of a few of the conclusions that scientists are drawing about happiness, this advice. In a recent video, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, walks through a few of the discoveries that scientists have made about this important topic.

First, he discusses the importance of having strong social connections. Then, he shares some surprising data about the power of meditation to reduce the levels of stress hormones in your body. Finally, Dr. Gupta explains that optimists are 50% less likely than pessimists to have heart disease, a heart attack or stroke, and offers some advice for how to be more positive.

This advice is consistent with other sources that I have read. I would add that getting more exercise is one of the best ways to increase your happiness at any age.

Did you find Dr. Gupta’s advice helpful? Why or why not? What advice would you give to a friend who wants to feel happier? Please join the conversation and “like” and share this article to keep the conversation going.


Here is a short video that I recorded on the topic of finding happiness after 60. I hope that it helps you to find the positivity that you deserve!

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Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at

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