Blueprint for Happiness

Blueprint for Happiness: What is the Leading Driver of Happiness?

March 3, 2023
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There is no one-size-fits-all path or formula to happiness.

Happiness looks and feels different for everyone. There’s momentary happiness, like times of celebration, and then there’s meaningful long-term happiness. Ideally, everyone wants a bit of both.

New research shows there’s a leading common denominator in those who have achieved long-term happiness. What’s the number one contributing factor? Take a guess!

Multiple choice options:

A. Liking your job

B. Wealth

C. Investing in relationships with others

D. Eating lots of chocolate

If you guessed D, you’re not entirely wrong. But the answer is C, investing in relationships with others.

A decades-long study by a happiness researcher shows that having quality, warm relationships takes the cake. It could be with a partner, family members, friends, or even people you interact with regularly in a friendly manner, like the barista at your favorite coffee shop.

All these types of relationships serve as stress regulators. And when we stress less – we are healthier and happier.

Invest in those quality relationships. It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day responsibilities and neglect those around you. But find time to chat, connect, vent, laugh, listen, and spend time with one another. After all, the study suggests it could be the key to happiness!

At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, we want to provide a Blueprint for Happiness, because happiness is part of your health. Happiness leads to healthier behaviors like being active and eating nutritious food. Check out our social media channels and blog on the first Friday of every month for tips on sparking more joy and happiness in your life! 😊


This information is provided for educational purposes only. Individuals should always consult with their healthcare providers regarding medical care or treatment, as recommendations, services or resources are not a substitute for the advice or recommendation of an individual's physician or healthcare provider. Services or treatment options may not be covered under an individual's particular health plan.