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04/23/2014 08:45 am ET | Updated Apr 23, 2014

Why Chasing Happiness May Leave You Feeling Unhappier Than Ever

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Although the pursuit of happiness has been a topic of discussion since the Declaration of Independence, the suggestion that everyone should feel happy all the time seems to be emerging as a new phenomenon in pop-culture. Movies, books and music lyrics all send messages that say, “You deserve to be happy.” But, research shows that chasing happiness may actually make you feel worse.

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