The Benefits of Happiness

“• Optimistic salespeople outsell their pessimistic counterparts by 33 percent.12

• Students primed to feel happy before taking math achievement tests far outperform their neutral peers.13

• Student freshmen’s happiness levels predict their income nineteen years later.14

• Judged by their journal entries, happy nuns live an average of ten years longer than unhappy nuns.15

• Unhappy employees take fifteen more sick days a year.16

• Positive emotions produce dopamine and serotonin, which increase concentration, analysis, creativity, problem solving, and memory.17

• Positive negotiators conclude more and better deals than their negative or neutral colleagues.18” -David Murray, The Happy Christian

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