Does using the word "busy" make people unhappy? Writing in the Washington Post's "Inspired Life" blog, Megan Wycklendt gives six reasons to banish "busy" from your lexicon.
According to a study in the Journal of Psychological Science, people are happier when they are active. Yet, people often complain of being overwhelmed by their busy schedule, observes Wycklendt.
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Citing studies on the relationship between language and emotion, Wycklendt suggests, "it may not be our 'to do list' that is the source of our unhappiness," but rather the language people use to describe their experiences.
She offers these reasons why using the word "busy" could be negatively affecting your mental health:
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