Get weekly updates via email!
tip of the day WED 27 AUG 14
Traveling alone for the first time? Use your map. It's better to look like a tourist than get lost in a foreign country.
  • Good House Keeping
    Forever young Cheska Garcia-Kramer talks about her stay-gorgeous secrets, mommy bliss, and the surprising success of #TeamKramer in the August issue a.k.a. the Anti-Aging Special of Good Housekeeping!
    Good Housekeeping
  • Women's Health
    Build the confidence to strut in a pair of jeans with our 28-day pound-shedding, lean muscle-building workout, and learn the best cuts for your body type with our easy style guide.
    Women's Health
Jennifer Chan, Staff Writer
 
May 02, 2012

A Balanced Time Perspective May Make You Happier, Study Shows

For better mental health, learn to let go, live life, and look to the future, researchers say. By Jennifer Chan

Do you have trouble letting go of the past? Could you be living too much in the present? According to a study published in the Journal of Happiness of Studies, being too fixated on a specific time frame may not be conducive to your happiness. For you to be happy, researchers say, you must adopt a balanced time perspective.

San Francisco State University researcher Ryan Howell and his colleagues have found that being too fond of the past may keep you from fully enjoying your life. On the other hand, living life on a day-to-day basis may mean neglecting your future. 

"If you're really dominant in one type of perspective, you're very limited in certain situations," says Howell. "To deal well when you walk into any situation, you need to have cognitive flexibility. That is probably why people with a balanced time perspective are happiest."

At the moment, Howell is directing The Personality and Well-being Lab. He and his graduate students are currently collecting consumer information through their website, Beyond the Purchase. A collaboration among social psychologists, the site aims to find out more about people’s spending habits as well as help participants apply a balanced time perspective to their own consumer choices.


(Photo by YangChen(TW) via Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
COMMENTS
Name :
Email :
Website :
Comment :
Security Image
 
 
NOTE: FemaleNetwork.com is a CLEAN ZONE. Editors reserve the right to delete obscene comments.
Filter comments by:
  • Be the first one to comment...
Filter comments by:
 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
follow us
Jennifer Chan
Staff Writer
Jennifer Chan was a contributing writer for Female Network for two years before formally joining the team as a staff writer in July 2012... Read more...
Latest Articles by This Author
LATEST Articles
MOST READ Articles
Skip the Caffeine, This Is the Best Way to Perk Yourself Up!
We just found a better alternative to coffee.  Aug 27, 2014 
Try This Full-Body Yoga Workout at Home
Onelife Studio teaches us a workout that we can practice on our own.  Aug 19, 2014 
Rexona and Manny Pacquiao Want You to Do More
You can take free exercise classes inspired by Manny Pacquiao's routine.  Aug 14, 2014 
These 10 Factors May Affect a Woman’s Fertility
Read this before you start planning a family.   Aug 13, 2014  2
How to Lose the Last Five Pounds
Get the scale to budge, and the last inches to finally go away.  Aug 05, 2014 
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT