What’s happiness all about?
To get started, here’s a fantastic read by Rubin Khoddam on what it means to be happy.
This rather excellent history of happiness is organised by thinker, from Buddha to Martin Seligman and Ed Diener. Essential reading, in our humble opinion.
We’re also big fans of this collection of learnings by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley.
Nonetheless, perhaps you should stop trying to be happy – insights courtesy of best selling author Mark Manson.
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s famous investigations of “optimal experience” led to the coining of the term ‘flow’. Watch his TED talk here.
During flow, “people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life.”
Er, yes please.
- ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ on Flow
- A well articulated examination by Joachim Krueger
- Another great resource for understanding flow
Makes Me Smile (MMS)
There’s a lot more MMS than LOL in most people’s lives (if it’s the other way round, your neighbours probably hate you).
This is about sharing those moments. Partly as a pushback against the widespread negativity in mainstream and social media, but largely because it feels good to 🙂
Find out what and how.
Pleasure vs Happiness
- Happiness vs pleasure, and why it matters at work
- Pleasure vs happiness – a view from Sir Roger Scruton, writer and philosopher
- The Dalai Lama on pleasure vs happiness
- ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ on Relationships
- 1500 people give all the relationship advice you’ll ever need
Acts of Kindness
- ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ on Acts of Kindness
- Five reasons why being kind makes you feel good – according to science
- Just 7 Days of Small Acts of Kindness Will Make You Happier, Oxford Research Reveals. See the full write-up here
Exercise and Wellbeing
- ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ on Exercise and Wellbeing
- The link between exercise and happiness
- 6 reasons why exercise makes you happy
- Harvard Study Reports: Happier Adults May Exercise More
Spiritual Engagement and Meaning
Strengths and Virtues
- ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ on Strengths and Virtues
Positive Mindset: Optimism, Mindfulness and Gratitude
- ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ on the Positive Mindset
- Martin Seligman’s TED talk on Positive Psychology
- Martin Seligman’s groundbreaking work is summed up superbly by ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’
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