Happiness

Feeling positive emotion is important, not just because it is pleasant in its own right, but because it causes much better commerce with the world. Developing more positive emotion in our lives will build friendship, love, better physical health, and greater achievement.
Martin Seligman, Authentic Happiness

Why is happiness on the agenda?

Happiness used to be considered a matter for individuals to sort out for themselves, but recently the question as to whether or not we are happy has pushed its way onto the agenda as one of the key questions of our time.

As a Centre we are not keen on 'the happiness agenda' in that we think there are dangers in focusing too much on happiness as opposed to well-being.

A short history of happiness

Some 2000 years ago, Aristotle was asking himself what happiness was all about.

Why bother to improve happiness?

Over the last 40 years or so, every wealthy country on the face of the planet has seen a remarkable increase in depression

The hierarchy of happinesses

We all differ in the things that make us happy. While it may seem that happiness is a highly subjective emotion

What makes us happy... and what doesn?t

Research has shown that there are things that make us happy, these findings allows us to see what contributes towards a happy life

Measuring happiness

Most individuals consider themselves to be happy and content with their lives and, although their source of happiness undoubtedly varies.

Can we increase happiness?

There?s a widespread notion that some of us were born happy and cheerful, while others imbibed misery with their mother?s milk

Link to Daniel Gilbert lecture on happiness

Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology at Harvard University, is well known for his work on ?affective forecasting?, which investigates how people make predictions about the emotional impact of future events. This is the theme behind his best-selling book Stumbling on Happiness, which won the 2007 Royal Society Prize for Science Books.

Dr Emmon's views on the science of gratitude

Thank you, Merci, Danke, Grazie: However you express thankfulness or indeed show gratitude is the latest phenomena to undergo scrutiny from the relatively new field of Positive Psychology. Dr Emmons presents the science of gratitude in his new book Thanks: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make you Happier

Sonja Lyubomirsky?s views on increasing happiness

Sonja Lyubomirsky?s book, The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting The Life You Want, is a practical, self-help book which outlines specific practices that anyone can apply to their daily lives, is an accessible book based entirely on the findings of solid scientific research.

Jonathan Haidt's views on happiness

The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt attempts a synthesis of various strands, of the ancient wisdom of the Greeks and Eastern philosophers and sages with the new ?science of happiness?.