Positive psychology is focused on three basic areas of study and practice:
- Positive emotions, consisting of contentment with the past, current happiness, hope for the future.
- Positive traits, such as courage, resilience, curiosity, self-knowledge, integrity, compassion, and creativity.
- Positive institutions, such as community institutions, which can benefit from focusing on the tools developed in positive psychology research.
Positive Psychology: The Evidence on Happiness
Here are some research results that contribute to the field of positive psychology:
- Activities bring more happiness than possessions. A survey of 150 young adults showed that when asked to rate the happiness value of purchases they hoped would be pleasurable, experience-type purchases, such as trips or meals, outranked objects.
- Being wealthy does not make you more likely to be happy than other people, as long as everyone’s income is above the poverty level.
- Grateful people are more likely to be healthy, helpful, and have a greater sense of well-being.
- Seeing other people do good things makes us want to do good too.
- An optimistic outlook reduces the risk of physical and emotional health problems.
We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from TEDxBloomington, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.
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The moon will make its closest distance to Earth in 68 years later this month.November 14 ,2016 Beaver Moon
The full moon will rise in the east after sunset. It will be the largest and and closest to Earth since 1948. NASA says the full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034.
“A supermoon, or perigee full moon can be as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an apogee full moon.,” NASA says.