Sunday March 26, 2006

How to Get Happy

Happiness, it seems to me, consists of two things: first, in being where you belong, and second -- and best -- in comfortably going through everyday life, that is, having had a good night's sleep and not being hurt by new shoes. — Theodor Fontane

What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life. — Leo Buscaglia

People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within. — Ramona L. Anderson

Harvard University is offering a new Psych course this semester which has become the most popular course on campus. Psychology 1504, or "Positive Psychology," purports to teach the psychology of happiness.

Twice a week, some 900 students attend Tal Ben-Shahar's class on what he calls "how to get happy." [Ben-Shahar] achieved personal happiness by taking himself off the tenure track -- because not having to publish makes him happy. His class offers research from the relatively new field of positive psychology, which focuses on what makes people happy, rather than just their pathologies.

[ Finding Happiness in a Harvard Classroom; NPR, All Things Considered, March 22, 2006 ]

Six Tips for Happiness

(additional details in the article):
  1. Give yourself permission to be human.

  2. Happiness lies at the intersection between pleasure and meaning.

  3. Keep in mind that happiness is mostly dependent on our state of mind, not on our status or the state of our bank account.

  4. Simplify!

  5. Remember the mind-body connection.

  6. Express gratitude, whenever possible.

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