Getting Resourceful about Happiness

Are you happy? Hmmm. That’s a big question.  What is happiness and how do you get it? There are a number of researchers digging into these questions, especially around a concept called “positivity”.  So if you thought that “being and feeling positive” is a bunch of hooey your mother told you, guess again.  There is tons of research supporting the concept that positivity helps us to make our lives better, healthier and happier. The great news is that there are things you can do to become more positive and there are a number of free resources available to help you to do so.  To start with, catch this Youtube video of Deepak Chopra  
 as he describes the Happiness Formula.

From there, check out Barbara L. Fredrickson, PhD.  on YouTube  , for more insight into what positivity really is and how to create it. She’s from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her site, www.Positiveyratio.com offers a number of free tests once you register.  You can also read about her research at www.PositiveEmotions.org .

If you are now hooked and want to learn more, next stop on the positivity train is Dr. Martin Seligman from the University of Pennsylvania. Seligman is the founder of “Positive Psychology” which focuses on the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions. Seligman’s site claims that his research demonstrates that it is possible to be happier — to feel more satisfied, to be more engaged with life, find more meaning, have higher hopes, and probably even laugh and smile more, regardless of one’s circumstances.  For more fun, visit his cool website http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/default.aspx Authentic Happiness where you can take a slew of tests and read more about what makes us feel happy and positive.

I wish you much happiness.

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Date: Tuesday, 5. October 2010 12:40
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