Sounding Circle: What Makes People Happy

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12 May 2004 @ 19:26, by Raymond Powers

PSYCHOLOGISTS NOW KNOW WHAT MAKES PEOPLE HAPPY
By Marilyn Elias
USA TODAY
December 10, 2002


The happiest people surround themselves with family and friends, don't care about keeping up with the Joneses next door, lose themselves in daily activities and, most important, forgive easily.

The once-fuzzy picture of what makes people happy is coming into focus as psychologists no longer shun the study of happiness. In the mid-'90s, scientific journals published about 100 studies on sadness for every one study on happiness.

Now a burgeoning "positive psychology" movement that emphasizes people's strengths and talents instead of their weaknesses is rapidly closing the gap, says University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin E. P. Seligman, author of the new book, Authentic Happiness. The work of Seligman and other experts in the field is in the early stages, but they are already starting to see why some people are happy while others are not:

The happiest people spend the least time alone. They pursue personal growth and intimacy; they judge themselves by their own yardsticks, never against what others do or have.


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4 comments

13 May 2004 @ 09:21 by jstarrs : Shit!
Letting go! It's all down to letting go!  


13 May 2004 @ 22:23 by spiritseek : Finally
I can admit I'm happy to those who say... "No Your Not!" Those people who think the world is in such a mess that anyone who is happy must be crazy or heartless.  


13 May 2004 @ 23:08 by skookum : I am not sure
the present therapists and psychologists and psychiatrists go for this new approach. It is my wish that they do.
What I have noticed in my experiences with the old school is that.. if there is something that bothers you.. avoid it, or leave the person that bothers you etc. Now I do see a greater emphasis on finding out what is within and work on getting that right.

time alone.. my gawd..I would love a little time alone lol...I can't even find time to meditate lol.  



21 May 2004 @ 10:08 by celestial @131.191.56.165 : Your Home is Where Your Heart is.
As a persom thinketh in their heart, so they become. (paraphrased)  


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