Category: Happiness

Dakota Fanning and the Eudaimonic view of happiness

Dakota Fanning and the Eudaimonic view of happiness

“Acting is what I love to do. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I don’t think of it as work. It’s really fun for me.” Dakota Fanning has also said, “It’s fun to know what I want to do – you know, when I grow up. I have friends who say, ‘Oh, maybe I’ll […]

Authentic happiness doesn’t necessarily mean "pleased"

Authentic happiness doesn’t necessarily mean “pleased”

Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D. is author of Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life. Here is an excerpt from her ShrinkRapRadio.com podcast interview: Happiness has quite a specific meaning. It doesn’t necessarily mean “pleased.” We often, I think, equate “pleased” with “happy.” Things are going my way. I feel pleased, that’s good, I’m […]

Maybe your idea of fun isn't mine

Maybe your idea of fun isn’t mine

As introverts, we may not have the same values or interests in “fun” activities as those who are more extroverted. That may be another reason highly sensitive people and introverts are less acknowledged, supported and even valued in our outgoing, sociable-oriented culture. (Introversion and high sensitivity are not the same trait, but they often go […]

Resetting our happiness set point

Resetting our happiness set point

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., an experimental social psychologist, notes each of us is born with a particular “happiness set point” – “a baseline or potential for happiness.” She has conducted “the first controlled experimental intervention studies to increase and maintain a person’s happiness level over and above” this set point. In her book The How of […]

Learning to be happy - The Happiness Hypothesis

Learning to be happy – The Happiness Hypothesis

The darkness before the dawn “Being happy is something you have to learn.” Harrison Ford Ford certainly has known plenty of unhappiness. He was shy as a child, bullied at school for not “fitting in.” According to Laura Silva Quesada, in her article A reminder from Indiana Jones, “Every day, they’d tease the future Indiana […]

Don't Worry, Be Happy. Mostly.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy. Mostly.

The lyrics of Bobby McFerrin’s song include: Don’t worry. It will soon pass, whatever it is / In your life expect some trouble  / But when you worry / You make it double / Don’t worry, be happy Being happy and positive in general is a preferable stance toward life, better for our health, creativity […]

Change comes from awareness - not willpower

Change comes from awareness – not willpower

“If self-improvement worked, it would have by now. Getting where you want to be has everything to do with awareness, and nothing to do with willpower.” Cheri Huber – from Unconditional Self-Acceptance (Audio CD) She is founder and resident teacher at the Zen Monastery Peace Center in Murphys, CA, and the Palo Alto Zen Center. […]

Brian Vaszily on authentic happiness

Brian Vaszily on authentic happiness

Brian Vaszily is author of The Nine Intense Experiences. One of many reviews: “An insightful guide that will help you to rediscover wonder, awe, and enchantment in your life, The 9 Intense Experiences will remind you how to play and have fun while creating a life of meaning and fulfillment.” — Arielle Ford, author of […]

What about being happy?

What about being happy?

“There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.” Robert Louis Stevenson The sort of glee that we appreciate in babies is only one sort of being happy – there are a wide range of related feelings and experiences, including cheerfulness, contentment, exuberance, pleasure, optimism, prosperity, vivacity, passion, well-being. The […]

Getting through adolescence is challenging for many creative people

Getting through adolescence is challenging for many creative people

Many talented and creative people have felt like outsiders, finding their teen years to be socially difficult and emotionally challenging. “I did not perform well socially in junior high. I was a strange girl and I was in a lot of pain because of that, like most teenagers.” Claire Danes Many highly talented people like […]

Personal Growth Ideas in Positive Psychology

Personal Growth Ideas in Positive Psychology

In her article Nature and Nocturnal Themes in Positive Psychology, Iris Marie Bloom [Positive Psychology News Daily] relates some of the personal development values in this new orientation of psychology. She notes the research and writing of Norman Doidge focuses on neuroplasticity. Bloom explains, “Every thought we think, every feeling we feel, and every action […]

Fun is okay - it's even good for our personal growth

Fun is okay – it’s even good for our personal growth

Laura Berman Fortgang comments in her book The Little Book on Meaning: Why We Crave It, How We Create It : “I remember once suggesting to a client that his life could be fun. It was such an insult to his intelligence that he walked out of my office never to return. I was fired. […]

Too much pursuit of happiness?

Too much pursuit of happiness?

“I believe the ultimate aim of all human beings is to obtain happiness and a sense of fulfillment.” The Dalai Lama “The effort to try and feel happy is often precisely the thing that makes us miserable.” Oliver Burkeman Seemingly endowed with endless effervescent glee, Drew Barrymore has expressed an attitude about happiness and positive […]

Drew Barrymore and Gretchen Rubin on authentic happiness as a choice

Drew Barrymore and Gretchen Rubin on authentic happiness as a choice

Gretchen Rubin describes in her post How To Be Happier – in Four Easy Lessons the series of truths she came up with, based on her study of Buddhism. Her First Splendid Truth: “To be happier, you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.” And her […]

Emotions both enhance and impair higher cognition

Emotions both enhance and impair higher cognition

A study reported in the journal Psychological Science concluded that watching funny videos on the internet at work isn’t necessarily wasting time. “People may be taking advantage of the latest psychological science — putting themselves in a good mood so they can think more creatively. “Generally, positive mood has been found to enhance creative problem […]

Alice Howell on meaningfulness in our daily lives

Alice Howell on meaningfulness in our daily lives

“What we are looking for on earth and in earth and in our lives is the process that can unlock for us the mystery of meaningfulness in our daily lives. “It has been the best kept secret down through the ages because it is so simple. “Truly, the last place it would ever occur to […]

Tama Kieves on claiming our potential with joy

Tama Kieves on claiming our potential with joy

Tama Kieves is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School, who “left her law practice with an elite corporate law firm to write and help others discover and soar in the work they’re meant to do, the life they came to live.” She writes in one of her articles: Yes, it’s easier to assume doom. […]

Too much pursuit of happiness, too little creativity? - Part 2

Too much pursuit of happiness, too little creativity? – Part 2

Does happiness always enhance creativity? A study by June Gruber of Yale University and others (“A Dark Side of Happiness? How, When, and Why Happiness Is Not Always Good”), notes “Emotional states exert significant effects on memory, judgment, decision-making, and creativity.” Her study also reports that “moderate levels of positive emotions engender more creativity, but […]

Happy If We Think We Are

Happy If We Think We Are

“You’re happy if you think you’re happy.” Gretchen Rubin How much of our happiness and satisfaction in life is due to circumstance or other people, and how much is it a matter of conscious choice? In the new movie The Adjustment Bureau (written and directed by George Nolfi, based on a short story by Philip […]

Go ahead - watch funny videos

Go ahead – watch funny videos

From Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, via ScienceDaily: People who watch funny videos on the internet at work aren’t necessarily wasting time. They may be taking advantage of the latest psychological science — putting themselves in a good mood so they can think more creatively. “Generally, positive mood has been […]

Can being grumpy improve our thinking?

Mood disorders like anxiety and depression generally interfere with thinking and creativity. A variety of writers including Eric Maisel, Kay Redfield Jamison and Tom Wootton express different perspectives on my site Depression and Creativity. There is even a post on Irritable Male Syndrome, about the work of Jed Diamond. But what about being grumpy? Here […]

Video: Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D. on happiness & positive psychology

Video about the positive psychology iPhone app developed with Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky from the Live Happy site. See another video interview with Dr. Lyubomirsky below.

Positive Psychology Books Say Happiness is a Key to Thriving

Video: Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, discusses her new book, “Positivity” Many of us live with more anxiety and depression than cheerfulness As a melancholic and anxious type most of my life, more like the driving instructor Scott, I have distrusted and even […]

Jamie Lee Curtis on the power of self-acceptance to build identity

Jamie Lee Curtis on the power of self-acceptance to build identity

Jamie Lee Curtis on self esteem, building self confidence, self-acceptance, authentic happiness elf acceptance and realistic esteem are crucial to how well we relate to others and express our talents. Being comfortable in our own skins is part of being happy, authentic and free to be creative. The current Success magazine includes a profile of […]

Happiness research gives hope in a dispiriting zeitgeist

happiness research, mindfulness, depression relief products, positive psychology Learning to be happy “It’s almost as if this happiness stuff has anticipated the hard times to come. As we’re going into this recession, perhaps depression, it’s interesting to note there’s been this big upsurge of work on happiness just prior to that.” That is David Van […]

Real success - Greed is good and other subversive memes of wealth

Real success – Greed is good and other subversive memes of wealth

Greed – one of the seven deadly sins? “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” Examples of memes include “learned thoughts, ideas, theories, practices, habits, songs, dances and moods. Memes propagate themselves and can move through a culture like a virus.” [Wikipedia] In Wall Street (1987), stockbroker Gordon Gekko (played so masterfully by […]

Paul Pearsall on Beethoven and thriving – finding courage and resilience

Two of the themes of positive psychology that make the field relevant are resilience and thriving: how some people not only endure but transcend even devastating hardships to find new strengths and continue to realize their talents. In his article An Ode to Thriving, Paul Pearsall, PhD writes: In 1801, at age 31, Ludwig van […]