Researchers develop the formula for happiness. No, really. For the algebraically reluctant, it boils down to this:
Happiness “doesn’t depend on how things are going [but] on whether things are going better or worse than you had expected they would.”
Albert Camus put it even more elegantly half a century ago, and Kierkegaard touched on it in his meditation on the greatest source of our unhappiness.
Dive deeper with these 7 essential reads on the psychology of happiness.