A recent study by Tilburg University in the Netherlands determined that the social pressure of the constant pursuit of happiness can have detrimental effects on Psychological healthSuch as stress, anxiety, fatigue and even depression. Ironically, this is more common in countries that are often among the happiest in the world.
Scientists surveyed 7,443 people from 40 different countries on three topics: emotional well-being, life satisfaction, and triggers for mood swings.
Most respondents indicated that happiness sold in celebrity social media posts, TV shows, self-help books, and behavior coaches is a major cause of distress symptoms such as anxiety or stress.
The study assesses that the degree of unattainable satisfaction that appears in these compounds reveals differences between real human emotional oscillations and what is accepted by society. This is most evident in countries with the highest rates of happiness in the world, such as the UK, the Netherlands and Canada – the pressure for continued happiness in these places, in all areas (work, health, relationships) does not open up. To make people feel more vulnerable.
This view of artificial gratification ends up keeping people away from seeing the real aspects, which can truly bring moments of happiness, says Egon Dejonquiere, the lead scientist responsible for the study.
Despite this social obligation [de fazer as pessoas buscarem a felicidade a todo momento] Seems commendable, overemphasized positivity It can create an emotional norm that is elusive and, paradoxically, is detrimental to an individual’s well-being,” says DeJonquiere.
In the specialist’s view, it is urgent that societies encourage appreciation of the entire emotional spectrum, including emotions considered negative, such as sadness and fear. He writes: “These feelings play an important role in emotional development, and can have beneficial effects on people’s psychological well-being in the long term.”
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