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The Crazy Canadian Donating Member (260 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-05 05:34 PM
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Science of Happiness
Something i came across that was interesting. Check out the website

http://www.reflectivehappiness.com/#

The article is on the left, you'll see a happy face on the front cover of TIME magazine.

By Claudia Wallis

January 17, 2005

For most of its history, psychology had concerned itself with all that ails the human mind: anxiety, depression, neurosis, obsessions, paranoia, delusions. The goal of practitioners was to bring patients from a negative, ailing state to a neutral normal, or, as University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin Seligman puts it, "from a minus five to a zero." It was Seligman who had summoned the others to Akumal that New Year's Day in 1998 his first day as president of the American Psychological Association (A.P.A.) to share a vision of a new goal for psychology. "I realized that my profession was half-baked. It wasn't enough for us to nullify disabling conditions and get to zero. We needed to ask, What are the enabling conditions that make human beings flourish? How do we get from zero to plus five?"

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WHAT MAKES US HAPPY

So, what has science learned about what makes the human heart sing? More than one might imagine along with some surprising things about what doesn't ring our inner chimes. Take wealth, for instance, and all the delightful things that money can buy. Research by Diener, among others, has shown that once your basic needs are met, additional income does little to raise your sense of satisfaction with life (see story on page A32). A good education? Sorry, Mom and Dad, neither education nor, for that matter, a high IQ paves the road to happiness. Youth? No, again. In fact, older people are more consistently satisfied with their lives than the young. And they're less prone to dark moods: a recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that people ages 20 to 24 are sad for an average of 3.4 days a month, as opposed to just 2.3 days for people ages 65 to 74. Marriage? A complicated picture: married people are generally happier than singles, but that may be because they were happier to begin with (see page A37). Sunny days? Nope, although a 1998 study showed that Midwesterners think folks living in balmy California are happier and that Californians incorrectly believe this about themselves too.

On the positive side, religious faith seems to genuinely lift the spirit, though it's tough to tell whether it's the God part or the community aspect that does the heavy lifting. Friends? A giant yes. A 2002 study conducted at the University of Illinois by Diener and Seligman found that the most salient characteristics shared by the 10% of students with the highest levels of happiness and the fewest signs of depression were their strong ties to friends and family and commitment to spending time with them. "Word needs to be spread," concludes Diener. "It is important to work on social skills, close interpersonal ties and social support in order to be happy."
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-05 05:43 PM
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1. I'm screwed.
No Religion.
No Friends.
Very small Family.

No Wealth, Education or Youth, either...
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prodigal_green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-05 05:51 PM
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2. start your own cult--or join one...
you'll have everything you need to be happy!
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Hosnon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-05 05:55 PM
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3. I know how an individual can be happy but it requires I not tell anyone:)
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-05 05:59 PM
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4. Bastard!
Edited on Tue May-03-05 05:59 PM by cryingshame
;)
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Hosnon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-05 06:06 PM
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5. Hehe, come on - it wont work if everyone knows:)
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-05 07:00 PM
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6. You can tell us
There;s only a few of us reading this,
you can share it with us,
nobody will know!
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