The happier you are, the better, right? Not necessarily. Studies show that there is a darker side to feeling good and that the pursuit of happiness can sometimes make you . . . well, less happy. Too much cheerfulness can make you gullible, selfish, less successful — and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Happiness does have benefits (beyond feeling good, of course). It can protect us from stroke and from the common cold, makes us more resistant to pain and even prolongs our lives. Yet scientists who have studied happiness, warn that it’s important to experience positive moods in moderation.
Scientists compare happiness to food: Although necessary and beneficial, too much food can cause problems; likewise, happiness can lead to bad outcomes. Research indicates that very high levels of positive feelings predict risk-taking behaviors, excess alcohol and drug consumption, binge eating, and may lead us to neglect threats. It can also hamper your career prospects. Learn more here.