A new study reveals a relationship between the size of a woman’s purse and her level of happiness. Presumably, the smaller the purse, the happier a woman becomes, as she doesn’t have to carry around a lot of things, with the ideal scenario being when she doesn’t need to bring a purse at all.
This study suggests that when women go out, they generally want to bring many different things with them, such as keys, wallet, phone, bottle of water, food, makeup, umbrella, etc. As a result, women’s bags are notorious for containing numerous items, and they tend to pack more things when going on vacation compared to men.
This is why having a small purse is seen as a reliable sign that a woman is doing something right.
No, she doesn’t want to leave all these things at home because she may still need them when she is out. However, the real reason she can take a smaller purse and be content with what she’s bringing is that she trusts someone else to take care of her belongings. It could be a family member, guardian, partner, friend, or simply because she is confident in her ability to arrange everything on the go.
Indeed, it is this confidence that is responsible for her happiness. Some women are so confident that they don’t take anything at all when they go out. For example, she will ask her boyfriend / husband to bring everything that she may need and even ask them to carry around their purses whenever they are outside, which is quite a popular trend today in places like Korea and Japan.
So, yes, when we are saying a “purse” we are just referring to a small bag. However, when a woman still wants to bring many different things and she wants to do it all by herself, she may start thinking about bigger bags, backpacks, or even suitcases.
And while the size of a woman’s purse isn’t the only clue to her happiness, there are potentially many other ways we can measure how happy a woman is, such as whether she is wearing high heels or using makeup. However, other women’s possessions don’t seem to be good enough predictors of their happiness. Moreover, a similar study doesn’t apply to men. First of all, because they don’t use purses. But even then, it doesn’t apply if we are to measure backpacks, suitcases, or any other similar luggage. Finally, there are also some factors that apply to both men and women, which fall outside the scope of this article simply because they are too many to mention.
So, yes, women could force themselves to carry around smaller bags, and this would improve their happiness to a certain degree. As a cause (smaller purse) would lead to an effect (more happiness). However, as it is with many things in life, we have to fake it until we make it. So, in the beginning, it can feel uncomfortable for a woman to go out with fewer things, ask someone else to carry her belongings or figure out how to do everything on the go. However, with time and practice, these skills can become second nature and add a new dimension of fun to the way women live their lives.
However, a more reliable and consistent way to achieve happiness is by understanding what is most closely correlated with our pursuit of happiness and well-being. For example, while smaller purses are associated with higher levels of happiness, virtually everything we do, use, possess, or purchase is ultimately aimed at attaining happiness.
Therefore, while smaller purses may bring happiness to women, there are even more reliable methods to learn how to become happier in the quickest and most effective way possible, which is precisely what we teach here at Optimal Happiness. So if you are interested in finally addressing this aspect of your life, consider enrolling in an Optimal Happiness course.
Stay happy and don’t forget to use smaller purses!