Self-Betterment May Result In Unsatisfying Life


Every New Year’s Eve, millions of people think of a new resolution to improve themselves and their lives. Most of them try their best to keep their promise while others don’t hold on to it.

A new study might make you think otherwise about making self-improvement resolutions. As it turns out, people who stay the same live long satisfying lives than those who keep thinking of improving themselves.

Conducting The Study

The team conducted a survey that includes some 5,000 adults in the 1990s. The questions were fairly simple. They were asked about their personality traits, how they see themselves in 10 years, and current satisfaction with different aspects of their life.

Ten years later, the same people were asked to answer the questionnaire again. The team started comparing results and adjusted important factors that might contribute to deviation.

Surprisingly, they found that predicting a future self like your present self may lead a satisfying life.

A life linked to better well-being is more satisfying than any amount of predicted change, even when it’s a positive or negative change.

How They See Constancy in Life

People who remain constant in life, even when they have done wrong things, prove to be more satisfied with the way they lived. It is not shocking to know that people are bad at predicting change among themselves.

If you think about your future self like the way you are now, it is more likely that you’ll make decisions that will benefit you. But people to think of being different as they grow may feel less motivated in making life choices.

A previous study showed that aspirations in life have a great downside because these fantasies understate the value of hard work. It is like trying desperately to be happy when you are most likely to be hung up on that negative emotion.

The researchers highlighted that people are encouraged to improve or change using realistic and systematic plans in life. There is no harm in making a concrete plan to achieve a goal rather than having a large goal with no idea of how to reach it.