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CONTROLLING HAPPINESS. Sources of Happiness How Do These Effect Happiness?  Age  Very Little  Health  Moderately  Gender  Very Little  Genetics.

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2 Sources of Happiness

3 How Do These Effect Happiness?  Age  Very Little  Health  Moderately  Gender  Very Little  Genetics  Very Much  Intelligence  Very Little  Love and Marriage  Very Much  Children  Moderately  Attractiveness  Very Little  Work  Very Much  Religion  Moderately

4 The Pursuit of Happiness - Myers  7 Enablers of Happiness 1. Supportive friendships that enable companionship & confiding 2. A socially intimate, sexually warm, equitable marriage 3. A faith that entails communal support, purpose acceptance, outward focus, and hope 4. Challenging work and active leisure, punctuated by adequate rest and retreat 5. Positive self-esteem, feelings of control, optimism, outgoingness 6. Realistic goals and expectations 7. A fit and healthy body

5 Dan Gilbert: Exploring the frontiers of happiness  Video: Dan GilbertDan Gilbert  Website: researches_happiness.html researches_happiness.html

6 Dan Gilbert: Exploring the frontiers of happiness  Key Terms  Prefrontal cortex  Impact bias  Psychological immune system  Synthetic vs. Natural happiness

7 Positive Psychology & Happiness  Discussion by Martin Seligman Discussion by Martin Seligman  Authentic Happiness

8 Seligman: Sources of Happiness  Pleasant Life  Mindfulness  Savoring  Effects of genetics*  Good Life  Flow in Work*, Play, and Love*  Meaningful Life  Purpose  Service  *Play a very important role in happiness

9 The Scope of Positive Psychology, continued Introducing positive psychology’s three lines of inquiry  Positive psychology pursues three main “legs” on which the field stands: 1. Positive subjective experiences (good moods, happiness, and love). 2. Positive individual traits (character strengths and virtues). 3. Positive institutions (families, schools, & supportive work environments).

10 Positive Individual Traits Resilience: reacting well to life’s challenges Resilience – is “a person’s ability to recover and often prosper following some consequential life event”. Some people even display posttraumatic growth, or “enhanced personal strength” following trauma. While resilience helps people rebound to pre- trauma levels, posttraumatic growth actually causes enhanced functioning, post-trauma.

11 Additional Information on Flow  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Creativity, fulfillment and flow  zentmihalyi_on_flow.html zentmihalyi_on_flow.html   "Flow" & Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 

12 Positive Subjective Experiences, continued Flow Flow – “the state of being wherein a person becomes fully involved and engage in the present time by some interesting, challenging, and intrinsically rewarding activity”. When in this state, people become Less self-aware and lose all track of time. Focus all their energies and attention on an activity where skill and challenge are in balance.

13 Positive Subjective Experiences, continued Flow, continued Finding flow According to Csikszentmihalyi, we find flow when engaged in activities that have the ideal balance of challenge and skill level (see Figure 16.8). Once these criteria are met, the activity becomes intrinsically rewarding, produces positive emotions, and promotes goal attainment and achievement.

14 Figure The revised model of flow state. According to the revised model, flow is experienced when a person’s perceived challenges and skills are above the person’s average levels; when they fall below, the individual experiences apathy. The intensity of the experience increases as the distance from the person’s average levels of challenge and skills grows greater (illustrated here by the concentric rings). Adapted from Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1997). Finding flow. New York: Basic Books.

15  Continuing Research is revealing the efficacy of meditation, mindfulness, and activities that encourage them.  2 Areas of focus in the research:  Inactive meditation and mindfulness  Mindful physical exercise Meditation & Mindfulness

16  Typical to these approaches is… 1. Instruction in diaphragmatic breathing to help trigger the parasympathetic nervous system response. Inactive meditation and mindfulness

17 2. Instruction in body awareness Acknowledgment of sensations Progressive muscle relaxation Inactive meditation and mindfulness (Continued)

18 3. Typical approach: Instruction in awareness/mindfulness. The primary goal of meditation is not relaxation but awareness.” Minding the body, Mending the Mind, Borysenko, J Effective for anxiety and depression Inactive meditation and mindfulness (Continued)

19 Positive Subjective Experiences, continued Mindfulness Mindfulness – refers “to a cultivated perspective wherein people are sensitive to context and focused on the present”. When mindful, we Resist the impulse to control uncertainty. Are less prone to evaluate ourselves. Are in a more flexible state of mind.

20 Figure Some qualities associated with mindfulness meditation. People who learn mindfulness meditation can expect to derive some benefits from the activity. As you can see, the qualities listed here that are associated with mindfulness meditation fit well with established themes in positive psychology. Adapted from Shapiro, S. J., Schwartz, G. E. R., & Santerre, C. (2002). Meditation and positive psychology. In C. R. Snyder & S. J. Lopez (Eds.), The handbook of positive psychology (pp ). New York: Oxford University Press. Table 46.1, p. 640.

21 Dr. Victor Frankl  “I broke my neck but it did not break me.” Frankle  "He who has a why for life can put with any how."Neitzsche 3 year Concentration Camp Survivor Wrote LogoTherapy “When we are no longer able to change a situation; we are challenged to change ourselves.” Frankle “When we are no longer able to change a situation; we are challenged to change ourselves.”

22 Dr. Victor Frankl  "Again and again I therefore admonish my students in Europe and America: Don't aim at success - the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run - in the long-run, I say! - success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it."

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