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1 Human Development & Understanding Prof. Jackie Snell Happiness vs. StressSlide 1

2 Influence on well-being: physiological social/cultural psychological And their interactions over life stages Happiness vs. Stress2

3 Happiness = state of being at a moment in time Well being = self evaluation of your life important domains: work, health, relationships What gives your life meaning/balance? Happiness vs. Stress3

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5 Health and Happiness “If you’ve got your health you’ve got everything.” How likely to get ill Survival once ill Longevity Happiness vs. Stress5

6 If you want to feel happier Nature vs. nurture Happiness vs. Stress6

7 Recipe for Well-being Have direction: important goals & values Happiness vs. Stress7

8 If you want to feel happier Enjoy your work/school Counseling Services on campus: Happiness vs. Stress8

9 If you want to feel happier Enjoy your work/school Relationships Religion/spirituality or flow Positive thinking: AIM Balance Happiness vs. Stress9

10 Happy people on average 1.Happy at work are better workers 2.Have more and closer friends 3.Better health, live longer 4.More pro-social in trusting and helping others 5.More peaceful and cooperative attitudes Happiness vs. Stress10

11 Happiness vs. Stress11

12 What stresses you? Happiness vs. Stress12

13 What stresses a zebra? Happiness vs. Stress13

14 Autonomic nervous system Unconscious (mostly) Happiness vs. Stress14

15 Happiness vs. Stress15 Parasympathetic= Relaxation response Sympathetic = Stress Response “Fight or Flight” Breathing Rate Blood Pressure Heart Rate Metabolism Blood Sugar Adrenaline Sensory Awareness Thought Creativity Concentration Immune system Digestive System

16 Short term effects of stress Happiness vs. Stress16

17 Long term effects of stress Happiness vs. Stress17

18 Memory & Decision Making Happiness vs. Stress18

19 Immunity Happiness vs. Stress19

20 Managing Stress Hold your children early in life Choose parents who are not poor Happiness vs. Stress20

21 Happiness vs. Stress21 Draining the battery Activities that use up the body’s reserves Daily tasks Poor lifestyle habits Mental stress Bad health Being overweight High physical demands (e.g. hot climate, heavy training) Recharging the battery Activities that restore the body’s reserves Rest & relaxation Good diet & exercise Various therapies Positive & fulfilling work, leisure and relationships Body’s balance

22 Recommended reading Happiness Stress Ed Diener Martin Seligman Sonja Lyubomirsky Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Flow Daniel Todd Gilbert Dalai Lama “The Art of Happiness” Robert Sapolsky “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers” Happiness vs. Stress22


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