The pursuit of happiness may feel futile at times, especially as we’ve watched our 401(k)s and house values tank. How can we truly feel happy when life gets tough? U.S. News posed this question to leading happiness researchers to find out what strategies we can employ to stay upbeat. While it’s true that some lucky folks are born with sunny dispositions, others, according to a growing body of research, can learn to be happy. How? “We need to move away from the concept of trying to fill our days with frequent pleasurable moments and fewer negative moments,” explains Todd Kashdan, a professor of positive psychology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and author of Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life.
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