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People who aim high, set ambitious goals lead happier lives


August 20, 2011 - London

Do you want to lead a happy life? Well, then be ambitious, as a new research has found that aiming for higher goals in life does make you happier.

A University of California study has found that people who aim high and set ambitious goals are more satisfied with their lives than those with lower expectations.

The research showed that those who set ambitious goals have a greater level of satisfaction compared with those who don't bother.

University of California professor Cecile Cho set up two experiments to compare people who set ambitious goals to those who set conservative goals.

They focused on situations in which goals were achieved, and measured the level of satisfaction with the achieved goals.

She found people who set high goals for themselves were happier in the long run.

"The moral of the story is don't sell yourself short," the Daily Mail quoted Cho as saying.

"Aim high," she added.

ANI

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