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A new research says that happy people experience positive moods that help them work actively.

india Updated: Dec 22, 2005 12:38 IST

Happy people are in general more successful and more likely to achieve favourable life circumstances, say scientists.

Researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky of the University of California, Riverside, and co-researchers said this may be because happy people frequently experience positive moods which prompts them to be more likely to work actively toward new goals and build new resources.

"When people feel happy, they tend to feel confident, optimistic, and energetic and others find them likeable and sociable. Happy people are thus able to benefit from these perceptions," said Lyubomirsky.

The researchers examined the connections between desirable characteristics, life successes and well-being of over 275,000 people, science portal EurekAlert reported.

"Our review provides strong support that happiness, in many cases, leads to successful outcomes, rather than merely following from them and happy individuals are more likely than their less happy peers to have fulfilling marriages and relationships, high incomes, superior work performance, community involvement, robust health and even a long life" said Lyubomirsky.

Other resources, such as intelligence, family, expertise and physical fitness, can also play a role in people's successes.

First Published: Dec 19, 2005 13:46 IST