Be Busy, Be Happy!

January 11, 2011

Today,  i lost count on how many time i whined about how sleepy i was and how tiring my mind was because of a certain academic season that force me go against hundreds of my fellow psychology students in snatching seats of this VERY LIMITED classes. A friend asked me why didn’t i just get some sleep if it was what i really wanted to. Oh, ofcourse i WANTED to sleep, moreover the weather is inclined to cloudy today, the perfect weather to tuck under a warm blanket, but i opt to drag myself to library instead.


Because i want to be happy!

A study from 2010 suggested that we are actually happier when we are busy. The result of the study also showed that we will still be happy even we are busy over meaningless activity, even the researcher see an opportunity for government intervention: “Governments may increase the happiness of idle citizens by having them build bridges that are actually useless.”

Well, maybe doing meaningless thing still has this magic to make us feel happier, but wouldn’t we feel more content if we are busy over activities that could lead us nearer to our goal or activities that suit our values? It doesn’t mean you should be busy doing some errands all day long, like today, at library,  I didn’t do any activities that need much mental and physical energy like reading or holding serious discussion, i just chose some simple activities yet it still complemented my goal because that are what i could afford at that time.

In addition, the result of this research showed the paradox that we will be happier if we are busy, but we are inclined toward idleness. Why it is hard to fight idleness/laziness? The researcher suggested that it’s part of our evolutionary vestige to preserve energy.

Considering that fact, so i put ‘keep myself busy’ on my resolution’s list to guarantee enough ammount of commitment to execute it. So far, i have been keeping myself busy even this is a long holiday and i do feel this holiday is really fun 🙂 and this is also could be seen as an effort to treasure and  maximazed the use of limited time that we have.

Despite all this fact, the researcher still emphasized that laziness, in marginal doses, serves a purpose. So, enough ammount of rest is still needed. Give your body and mind their right to rest. It’s past midnight right now, so i think should sleep ASAP!

let your time gone to waste with no use is equal to discard your own life


Di Salvo, D. (2010). Ten Psychology Studies from 2010 Worth Knowing About

Freakonomics. (2010). Are We Naturally Lazy?