“There’s a SCIENCE of Happiness?” is a question I get all the time from people who have always thought of happiness as something based on luck or life circumstance or even Prozac.
For the last century, psychological science has been focused primarily on fixing what was broken — helping depressed or anxious people get to a functional place. But in 1998, the American Psychological Association expanded the mission of psychological science to also include what makes life worth living. As a result top psychologists and neuroscientists started rigorous studies in people who are happy, well-balanced and making a positive difference in the world. They uncovered what habits and ways of looking at life were core to these people's emotional success then systematically tested them in more typical populations.
These scientists have discovered how each of us can increase our level of happiness in an enduring way. More importantly, the studies have shown that increasing our happiness isn’t just a “frivolous” pursuit that is about “feeling better,” but that living our lives in a more positive emotional state makes us more creative, more resilient, healthier and more successful at everything we do. Increasing our positive emotions can transform us from a languishing state of “getting by” to truly thriving in our health, careers and relationships.
Through weekly “Happiness Infusion” emails, I share key ideas and tips from this exciting new science with you. I share powerful conclusions backed by controlled studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. My goal is to make these fully accessible to those with little scientific training and succinct enough that a two-minute read will get you something thought-provoking or useful in YOUR life.
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