If you are a human, you strive to be happy. That's great, except there is a new belief that you should stop doing happy things in order to be even happier [via New York Times].
Psychology professor Wendy Wood explains: "If you really enjoy something, you don't want to repeat it in a routine way so that it becomes a habit. You lose the pleasure in the experience. Instead, you want to make habitual the necessities in life…that is, regular exercise, a healthy diet, saving money and paying the bills, and working. The pleasures in life should be savored and not performed in a habitual way…including time with family, a great glass of wine, and the sunset over the ocean."
There's plenty of evidence to back up this theory, including a man who stopped going to his favorite coffee shop every day and is now enjoying life again and some unfortunately strong advice about halting your ice cream habit.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.