101 Ways to be Really Happy: Step 9: Get a Good Night’s Sleep

It really is true. The simplest things in life usually are the most powerful. In the last few years, some fairly significant research has been accumulated about the connection between sleep and happiness.  In one University of Michigan study, psychology professor Norbert Schwarz, even found that people derived more happiness from getting one extra hour of sleep per night than in gaining a substantial increase in pay. A study published in the professional journal Science corroborated the U of M findings, stating, “Large increases of real income in the developed world over the past 50 years have yielded no change in reported life satisfaction.”

And business guru and author, Tony Schwartz had this to say about sleep and optimum performance, “No single behavior more fundamentally influences our effectiveness in waking life than sleep… sleep may well be more critical to our well being than diet, exercise and even heredity.” He goes on to point out several significant performance failures that occurred thanks to sleep deprivation: The Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Challenger space shuttle explosion and the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster.

Sleep… it doesn’t cost you anything to get more of it. There are NO negative side effects. You don’t need a prescription from your doctor.

If you have trouble falling asleep, I highly recommend hypnosis, but by all means, give an increase in quality sleep a chance and see if you don’t start feeling happier.

peaceful sleep

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