Study: Always Being Nice Won’t Make You Happy

Being nice all the time might save you from confrontation, but will it make you happy? Research says no. Writing for ‘The Conversation’ Juliet Wakefield explains evolutionary psychologists have a competitive altruism hypothesis, which suggests being helpful to others in a group is a behavior that consumes resources, but makes the individual more popular, and therefore more-likely to mate. However, it’s also possible for a person to be “too nice.” Wakefield notes that when a person becomes overburdened with the need to care or provide for others they can get stressed out, which leads to burnout and poor mental health. She says the true route to happiness involves avoiding becoming angry, but to express anger if you have it. She adds maintaining a pleasant attitude, and being helpful, but not completely selfless is probably your best bet. (Daily Mail