Category: Positive Psychology

positive psychology

Positive psychology is often referred to as “the science of happiness.” Leading researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky describes happiness as “the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile.”

 

The more I learn about positive psychology, the more I am convinced of its tremendous potential. Potential to transform individuals and societies. Potential to steer humanity into a new era, an era that pays homage to this statement:

 

Every human being, whether living now or in a future generation, should be afforded the opportunity to live a meaningful, happy, and fulfilling life.

July 16, 2017 Carol No comments exist

If the solution to happiness could be expressed as a mathematical formula, this is it: Mindfulness Plus Compassion Equals Happiness The happiness map illustrates.  This Way To Happiness Path To Happiness: Start At Mindfulness I love Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition of mindfulness: Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment,…

July 8, 2017 Carol No comments exist

How are you feeling right now? If you are feeling down, or not quite tip-top, this post can help! You will learn the three simplest ways to feel better fast.   The remedies for fighting today’s unhappiness are much the same as the solutions for long-term happiness. Both employ the same strategies. So try some…

June 27, 2017 Carol 1 comment

Love and Loving-Kindness What is love anyway? It’s strange, in a way, that the word hardly requires explaining. It seems that we all just instinctively know what it is! You will find a number of posts on Simple True Happiness that include a discussion of the term loving-kindness. You’ll also find, if you care to…

June 12, 2017 Carol 2 comments

Positive emotions are good for our health. Shared positive emotions — positive emotions people feel in connection with others —  seem to be a real driving force behind health benefits. In fact, positive social connection forecasts health and longevity every bit as much as does maintaining a healthy body weight and refraining from smoking. And, despite what you might think, we…

May 13, 2017 Carol No comments exist

Would you like to be a happier person? Do you like to make other people happy? Signature strengths power happiness! Discover yours today! The Science of Character This is an amazing video that should be shared with everyone! Ed Diener, Ph.D., (“Dr. Happy”), speaking to his research on happiness that spans over three decades. He…

April 26, 2017 Carol No comments exist

This post is a sequel to Not Your Grandmother’s Psychology. You will notice that some of the introductory material is repeated. In Not Your Grandmother’s Psychology we were introduced to the PERMA theory. Here, in Give Yourself A Happiness Upgrade, we will see how to build PERMA in our lives.   The psychology of today is not your…

April 21, 2017 Carol No comments exist

The psychology of today is not your grandmother’s psychology. The psychology of old tried to keep us out of the negative numbers, as close to zero as possible. Today’s psychology includes positive psychology, which is all about life above zero. What Can We Most Hope for in Life? What is the most we can ever…

April 9, 2017 Carol No comments exist

What would you say to a science that could lure you away from your keyboards and screens, and send you off to learn mindfulness meditation or yoga, auto mechanics or patisserie?   The science is embodied cognition. It says listen to your body. Since mindfulness meditation and yoga can help with that, the science would favor them….

March 31, 2017 Carol 6 comments

“People where you live,” the little prince said, “grow five thousand roses in one garden… yet they don’t find what they’re looking for”…. and yet what they’re looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water”— The Little Prince   “Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some…

March 27, 2017 Carol No comments exist

Something is happening here in the United States of America. There’s a new kind of activism taking hold. It began with the postinauguration women’s marches. Then gained momentum spurred by resistance against Trump’s anti-immigrant executive orders. And this fierce new movement recently wowed us when organic protests sprang up around the country to save the Affordable…