According to several surveys taken all over the world, if you act like an extrovert, even when you’re feeling introverted, you will be happier and feel more positive emotions.
It’s all about mindset.
This information was surprising to me, because when I am feeling introverted, the last thing I want to do is go out and socialize.
But according to an article titled The Simple Mindset That Makes Everyone Happier All Over The World published by PsyBlog, “Participants in the study were told to act in an outgoing way for 10 minutes and then report how it made them feel. Even among introverts — people who typically prefer solitary activities — acting in an extroverted way gave them a boost of happiness.”
Professor William Fleeson, who led the earlier study, said: “We tend to look at the external world for being responsible for our happiness — good things happen to us and then we get happy. What’s exciting about this is that it brings attention to the role we have in our own happiness.”
This is indeed exciting, and an inside look at the control that we have over how we perceive the world, and how it affects us on an emotional level.
If you are someone who is struggling with social anxiety, or depression, and are ready to take your happiness back into your own hands, simply diving into social activities might be the answer you’ve been looking for. (Though it may not be exactly what you want to do at the moment.)
Once you get the ball rolling, chances are you will be a much happier person, and feel motivated to continue on your extroverted path to happiness.
The Simple Mindset That Makes Everyone Happier, All Around The World – PsyBlog. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.spring.org.uk/2014/08/the-simple-mindset-that-makes-everyone-happier-all-around-the-world.php