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The Science of Happiness category examines happiness from both the traditional scientific approach and in the less inhibiting and more creative, imaginative perspective of the new science.

All Happiness is not Created Equal

All Happiness is not Created Equal

It seemed like sure a simple act, “a no brainer,” really. After all she only had a couple of items and I was easily going to pass the century mark with what was in my cart, besides I was in no real Hurry. Maybe it was just me or maybe she was later for a “very important date,” and I’ll never know because I didn’t ask, but she responded to my small act of kindness with an enthusiasm and delight that was nice, but unexpected and, I thought, really not necessary. Still I enjoyed it, it made me feel happy. ... Read More »

The Flow – Gateway to Happiness and More?

The Flow - Gateway to Happiness and More?

I experienced it all the time when I played guitar. I’d start “practicing” and the next thing I’d know it’s the middle of the night. “What the heck happened, it was 9 o’clock just a minute ago,” and now its hours later. I was so absorbed in “perfecting” the song that I completely lost track of time. The usual mind chatter that’s normally a constant companion – nonexistent. There were no interruptions from my “inner roommate” the whole time I was playing. Nothing else seemed to matter. I would spend hours working on a “riff” or fine tuning a lyrical ... Read More »

Letting Happiness Happen

Letting Happiness Happen

“It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self.” ~Hugo Black~ It turns out that there’s a paradox in the pursuit happiness. It seems obvious that anything we feel is worth achieving – whatever the goal, personal or altruistic – we pursue it “with a passion,” in other words we are willing to work at it. It’s no surprise then that research, by Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ed Diener and Laura King revealed that ... Read More »

Find Happiness Now

Find Happiness Now

There is only one moment in which we can experience happiness and that moment is now. That’s because now is the only moment there is. That may seem obvious to you when you hear it. But if we are being totally honest, most of us have been plagued by the constant pursuit, believing that to find happiness you need chase after it. Only on those rare occasions do we slow down enough to see that happiness is a choice that we surrender to now. Since the beginning of recorded history (and I suspect long before that) the great wisdom teachers ... Read More »

Positive Thinking Will Boost Your Happiness

Positive Thinking Will Boost Your Happiness - Rewrite

It would seem to be common sense to believe that positive thinking will boost your happiness. I’ve discovered it’s anything but common. I believe that many people, and I was among them, when they hear the words “positive thinking” conjures up visions of Pollyanna airheads spouting trite affirmations, al la the Saturday Night Live character Stuart Smalley. And if they’re not that harsh, they at least think of them as naïve and unrealistic. Having a positive outlook doesn’t have to mean you deny the negative, that world events, both natural and those created by the human race, can be horrific. ... Read More »

The Key to Happiness is Connecting

The Key to Happiness is Connecting

Positive psychologists have been telling us for a while now that the key to happiness is connecting. But on Facebook, really? Oh, if I could only write out “really” the way Amy Poehler and Seth Meyer’s said it on Saturday night live.  With just a “little” bit of sarcasm. Sure I connect on Facebook, but I’ve never considered in intimate form of relationship building. Different generation I guess. Because according to Hugh MacKay, author and social researcher, that while connecting on social media is a pale comparison to “what we need as humans to maintain community.” The bigger question is just ... Read More »

Smile Your Way to Happiness

Smile Your Way to Happiness

Happiness has a lot of triggers and most of them are subjective. For me it’s when I’m feeling in the flow, things are falling into place easily. I’m connecting with the right person at the right time or I find just the information I was looking for while writing. That type of happiness, when I’m truly aligned, arises from within me. When I’m feeling this way, in the flow or what psychologists call self-referral. Of course I get caught up in the “other” kind of happiness, you know, the rocket booster – sugar high type that pumps up the ego ... Read More »

The Steps to Lasting Happiness

The Steps to Lasting Happiness

Mike Dooley, philosopher and entrepreneur, is famous for saying “Thoughts become things…Choose the good ones.” And I think everyone as heard the saying “Time flies when you’re having a good time;” which proves the validly of Einstein’s theory of relativity. These are nice, concise ways of expressing, what researchers in the field of positive psychology have documented; that positive thoughts lead to positive emotions and results and negative thoughts have negative results. Positive psychology tells us the steps to lasting happiness are not something that we can climb one time; so that when we get to the top and then ... Read More »

Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness

Happy for a Lifetime “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” ― Henry James In her book, “The How of Happiness,” Sonja Lyubomirsky makes it clear how strongly she believes that relationships are the number one contributor to our survival and longevity. What make relationships so powerful are the two important conditions needed for happy relationships; nurturing relationships and acts of kindness. In this video Sonja Lyubomirsky focuses on acts of kindness and describes the results from a particular study that she ... Read More »

Notes on Happiness

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Notes on Happiness (the video version) are made by Brain Johnson and are taken from, positive psychologist, Sonja Lyubomirsky’s book, “The How of Happiness,” which she describes as a “new approach to getting the life you want.” Brian created a learning tool he calls the “Philosophers Notes” in which he curates is favorite “Big Ideas.” In his video he introduces us to both the concept of the “Philosophers Notes” and the first subject of his process; Lyubomirsky’s book, “The How of Happiness.” The basic idea behind “Philosophers Notes,” is from “100 of the top personal growth book…ever,” Brian pulls out ... Read More »