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Happiness 101

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This is the core Powerpoint for a a short course on Positive Psychology and the Psychology of Happiness

Happiness 101

  1. 1. Happiness 101<br />A Short Course on Living with Joy and Lasting Fulfillment<br />
  2. 2. What is happiness?<br />Elusive to define—we know it when we see it, feel it<br />Happiness exists even in the midst of pain and suffering<br />It may becaptured by other words more precisely (life satisfaction, positive emotions, contentment)<br />“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence”<br />Aristotle<br />(4th Century BC)<br />
  3. 3. Aristotle’s thoughts…<br />You can’t obtain happiness by seeking it…<br />You find happiness by practicing the virtuous life—seeking balance and meaning<br />eudaimonea-obtaining full potential<br />Happiness is not the destination of living—but the path to living<br />
  4. 4. Some questions researchers are asking…<br />Do the same things make everyone happy?<br />Do we have control over our happiness?<br />What are the most important factors contributing to happiness?<br />Can money buy happiness?<br />Is it contagious?<br />Is it overrated?<br />
  5. 5. Happiness is…<br />HAPPINESS<br />SUCCESS<br />See: Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar<br />
  6. 6. Happiness is…<br />HAPPINESS<br />PLEASURE MEANING<br />(PRESENT BENEFIT) (FUTURE BENEFIT)<br />
  7. 7. Life Mapping<br />
  8. 8. Wealth and happiness<br />T or F “All rich people are happy”<br />T or F “All poor people are unhappy”<br />Wealth and happiness do not correlate<br />Beyond the level of taking care of basic needs, money will not bring us happiness<br />In US, family income of about $60,000 (2010 study) seems to be a threshold<br />
  9. 9. Goals and intention<br />“Happiness grows less from the passive experience of desirable circumstances than from involvement in valued activities and progress towards one’s goals”<br />David Myers and Ed Diener<br />
  10. 10. Self-concordant goals<br />Goals that are pursued out of deep personal conviction and/or strong interest.<br />Freely chosen (locus of control)<br />Generally are intrinsic in nature (without extrinsic rewards)<br />Come from self and not outside forces (self determination)<br />
  11. 11. FLOW<br />Freely chosen<br />Intrinsically motivated<br />Clear goals and sense of purpose<br />Action and awareness merge<br />Loss of time<br />Peak performance<br />(Csikszentmihalyi – Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience)<br />
  12. 12. FLOW in diagram form<br />Anxiety<br />Difficulty<br />FLOW<br />Boredom<br />Skills<br />
  13. 13. What we have learned from happy people…<br />Recommended reading:<br />THRIVE by Dan Buettner<br />Denmark<br />Singapore<br />Mexico<br />San Luis Obispo<br />
  14. 14. Shaping our happiness in 6 areas:<br />Community<br />Workplace<br />Social Life<br />Financial life<br />Home<br />Self<br />
  15. 15. SUMMARY<br />There are things we can do to improve our happiness<br />Making changes and doing something significant does not come without difficulty<br />Make the most of what is before us<br />Realize that life is made up of daily, ordinary and mundane things—what makes the difference is what we do with them <br />
  16. 16. Michael Rich(828) 339-4497<br />m_rich@southwesterncc.edu<br />

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