We are all, in our heart of hearts, simply searching for true happiness. But according to science, many of the things we’re striving for – a bigger house, more money, longer holidays – won’t actually bring us joy.
Instead, we should be cultivating happiness from the inside out. If we know our own why, our own unique purpose in life, it becomes easier to find joy in helping others, and gratitude for what we already have.
Here are four common things that don’t actually bring us more happiness, according to science: