Are people happy because they are successful or are they successful because they are happy? Sonja Lyubomirsky, Laura King and Ed Diener in an article in the November Issue of the Psychological Bulletin suggest that both are likely to be true. In the article abstracts it reads: “Numerous studies show that happy individuals are successful across multiple life domains, including marriage, friendship, income, work performance, and health…The happiness-success link exists not only because success makes people happy, but also because positive affect engenders success… happiness is associated with and precedes numerous successful outcomes, as well as behaviors paralleling success. Furthermore, the evidence suggests that positive affect–the hallmark of well-being–may be the cause of many of the desirable characteristics, resources, and successes correlated with happiness. “ . The article can be downloaded together with other very interesting papers by Sonja Lybomirsky from here .
See an article in today’s Guardian about the paper by Lyubomirsky et al.
‘The Benefits of Frequent Positive Affect: Does Happiness Lead to Success?’ Lyubomirsky’ Sonja; King, Laura; Diener, Ed; Psychological Bulletin, Vol 131(6), Nov 2005. pp. 803-855.