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Friday, December 13, 2013

The Science of Happiness

So, optimism is, a bit, my mantra. In high-school I once got into a heated argument with a kid in my class who stubbornly maintained that pessimism was realism and I was like NO YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. So when psychologists start talking about happiness from a methodical, scientific standpoint and talk about how evidence and studies suggest that 1) Being optimistic and happy is the natural, healthy state of mankind and 2) We as free agents and choice-makers have some control over it, I just have to shout and dance and mention it to everybody I know.

So here. I promise, it's well worth your time.


Have a very, very happy weekend everybody :)

Sarah Allen

14 comments:

  1. it is well worth your time, for sure...as is making a decision to be happy...it is a concious decision...and we can be miserable or happy...regardless of our circumstances....

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  2. My hubby says the same about his pessismism. I prefer to be happy and think positive.

    Hugs and chocolate.

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  3. I am a bit of a pessimist but am working on changing that. Definitely want to check this video out. Thanks for sharing it and enjoy your weekend!

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  4. I totally agree with this outlook. People who are pessimists just want an excuse to hate the world. Love to surround myself with happy people :D

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  5. An optimistic outlook is always healthier. I'm all for being realistic, but that just means being prepared, not expecting the worst.

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  6. I'm more of a realist, but that doesn't mean pessimistic -- to me. I'm not that all. But I do believe in optimism. It affects our entire being in a positive way.

    Being happy and content is all about where put your focus.

    Happy weekend too!

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  7. If I wasn't so much older than you I'd have sworn I was the person you argued with. Yes, I was quite the Sartre-reading Fatalist back in the day. I blame being surrounded by Preps, Jocks, and Cheerleaders. Quite enough to make anyone a little dismal. : }

    But, now that I'm older and wiser, I agree with you that being positive makes a drastic change in your life and your relationships with others. As someone wise and famous said (don't know who), 'be the change.'

    xo
    -S

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  8. Hi Sarah, nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by at Life is Good today. Looking at your comments it looks like we have a lot of common friends ;- I completely agree with you that contentment is a CHOICE, a moment to moment choice, and one of my life goals that I constantly struggle with as I deal with chronic illness. I don't have time to watch the video right now (December is insane for most folks) but I will bookmark it.
    Tina @ Life is Good

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  9. Sarah,

    I'm in the middle of watching Grimm and be-bopping around online visiting, so I'll watch the video later—promise!

    It was a tough year, and being a usually jovial person, my happiness took a whammy and I had to look into getting my mojo back. Even wrote a post about it.

    Positive psychology is indeed a real science, and it doesn't mean being on a pink cloud and not seeing the real world. It's choosing to plug into the positive and not the negative.

    Merry Christmas!

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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  10. I can't watch the vid right now, but I think happiness is the default - it's just trying to find your level of happy.

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  11. Happiness IS a choice. And while the world might sadly confirm over and over that a pessimistic outlook is often distressingly accurate, pessimism isn't going to improve the quality of our lives in any way.

    Unless you really get a boost from saying "I told you so."

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  12. I know one person (I've worked with her for over 10 years now and I've come to the sorry conclusio that she totally missed the happy pill when God was handing them out...) I would love to forward this link too but I know if I did she'd take it the wrong way and most likely sue me for hurt feelings! LOL!!

    Take care
    x

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  13. I love finding a teen/20-something (usually "hipster") that is smugly will announce that they "are a cynic" just so I can quote Oscar Wilde:
    "A cynic is someone who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing."

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