psychologists' attempt to study the optimal human functioning
focusing on human strength and virtues, instead of mental illnesses
or damage repairs.
Positive Psychology proudly
announces that have finally recognized the existence of a set of human
strengths that serve as buffers against mental illness like: courage,
skills, work ethic, honesty, perseverance, appreciation, self-worth,
spirituality, etc. That compose the background for human's health and
All these qualities, available
to human beings, when developed and applied can be summed up to the generic
label of happiness.
It has always puzzled me how psychology means "study of the soul" from
the Greek word "psyche," meaning "the soul." But today, official
psychology stubbornly claims that there is no soul and instead study human and
animal behavior only. This makes as much sense to me as a baker claiming there is no
such thing as bread! (See:
The Failure of Psychology)
Happiness, also called in positive psychology "subjective well-being," is commonly considered by
the main way we can evaluate how well our life is
going. As such, how happy a person feels is perhaps the single,
most important piece of information one can know about a person – for it usually
tells the whole story. Because of this, happiness should be the most important thing to considering in
examining your own life.
(Dr. Michael W. Fordyce)
Simply put, positive psychology
attempts, for the first time, to scientifically study happiness.
Jonathan Freeman affirms "people generally agree about what they mean by
happiness. It is a positive, enduring state that consists of positive felling
including both peace of mind and active pleasures or joy."
Happiness studies date back to 1930
when “Happiness Among Adult Students of Education,” was published by
“A Psychological Inquiry Into
Satisfactions and Happiness” was published by Alden E. Wessman in
By mid '70s, Michael Fordyce,
concluded that the science of happiness had collected enough consistent data
through happiness research findings and predicted that individuals could be
taught to become happier by receiving a few weeks of instruction creating
the field of “Happiness-Increase Psychology”
Martin Seligman, founder of
the Positive Psychology movement, revives the concept that “happiness is an
important, if not the most important, aim of human endeavor." He
he coined the term positive psychology to
describe the scientific study of happiness. He describes happiness as being
based on three lives - the pleasurable life, the engaged life and the
meaningful life. The better each of these lives is lived, the happier the
person will be.
Sonja Lyubomirsky continued
different projects to advance the happiness-increase interventions of
positive psychology that Fordyce started.
Other present time notorious
representatives of positive psychology, among many others, are:
Ed Diener, a precursor of Positive Psychology, author of "The Psychology of
Happiness," and considered the "leading
authority on happiness (?)",
provided many scientific findings on well-being, its benefits and optimum levels
as well as some causes for it like temperament, money attitudes, spirituality,
good health and longevity.
Ruut Veenhoven describes happiness as "the degree in which an individual
judges the overall quality of his life-as-a-whole favorably."
Psychologists in general, and
positive psychology in particular,
define happiness as nothing else that an emotion,
a long-term sense of emotional well-being and contentment - a broad "feeling"
that one is happy.
course there are temporary moods of happiness we all experience from time to
time, but “happiness” as found in psychological researches is an overall feeling
of satisfaction with life that pervades and abides over longer-time periods.
(See: "chronic or habitual emotional level"
Happiness has been labeled "the
most un-understood phenomenon in the world!" because everybody hopes to
achieve it, but it seems no one knows anything about it.
Dr. Michael W. Fordyce working on the Psychology of Happiness have identify 14 fundamentals for happiness as presented in his work "Psychology
of Happiness." These are the
Be more active and keep
Get present oriented
Spend more time socializing
Work on a healthy
Be productive at meaningful
Develop an ongoing, social
Get better organized
Eliminate negative feelings
Lower your expectations
source of happiness
Place happiness as first
Dr. Ed Diener has reviewed and presented extensive
evidence demonstrating that happy people are successful and flourishing
This phenomenon, he points out, undoubtedly comes from
the fact that success leads to happiness. He, as is common among
psychologists, considers happiness a result of something else. We affirm the
opposite, happiness undoubtedly leads to a successful life. Happiness is the
cause to whatever success may mean to anyone. Emotion determines behavior.
His studies on positive psychology, along Sonja
Lyubomirsky and Laura King, clearly show, one after another, that
happiness precedes important outcomes and indicators of thriving, including
fulfilling and productive work, satisfying relationships, and superior
mental and physical health and longevity, among others. Happiness precedes
Some areas, as found in his studies, were happiness has a
positive effect are:
Enjoyment of Activities and Social Interactions.
Perceptions, Memories, and Judgments of Others
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Physical Well-Being and Coping
Employment and Quality of Work
Creativity and Problem Solving
Flexibility and Originality
Dr David G. Myers proposes that happiness, like
cholesterol level, is a genetically influenced trait. Yet as cholesterol is
also influenced by diet and exercise, so our happiness is to some extent
under our personal control. Here are some research-based suggestions for
improving your mood and increasing your satisfaction with life.
enduring happiness may not come from financial success.
control of your time. Happy people feel in control of their
We can sometimes act ourselves into a
happier frame of mind. Going through the motions can trigger the
Seek work and leisure that
engage your skills.
Join the “movement”
exercise can relieve mild depression and anxiety and promote health
Give your body the sleep
Give priority to close
friendships with those who care deeply about you can help you
weather difficult times.
Focus beyond self.
Reach out to those in need.
Happiness increases helpfulness.
Count your blessings and
record your gratitude.
Nurture your spiritual
The Happiness Formula in Positive Psychology.
Dr. Martin Seligman, founder of the Positive Psychology movement, and
many other positive psychologists like Dr. Michael Mercer, Dr. Tom
Muha and Dr. Maryann Troiani present the following "Happiness
Formula" as a scientific basis for understanding and elevating happiness:
H = S + E + I
is your enduring level of happiness.
represents your inherited set range of responsiveness.
encompasses the external circumstances of your life, like:
in a wealthy democracy
negative events and emotions
a rich social network
Having a mentor
involves the internal factors under your voluntary control, like:
view of the past
about the future
Satisfaction regarding the present
Commitment to good character
Utilization of signature strengths in work, love, play and purpose
Contributions to a higher purpose
The 4 Levels of
Happiness in Positive Psychology.
Positive Psychology presents the following levels of happiness:
Level 1: A
Feeling positive emotions about the past, present and future by transforming
your negative emotions into forgiveness, optimism, pleasure and
Control your negative emotions.
Maintain an optimistic attitude.
Enhance the pleasures in your life.
Find gratification in achieving peak performance.
Generate feelings of optimism, hope, faith, and trust.
Level 2: A
Building good character by acquiring an awareness of the 24 positive traits
and developing a set of signature strengths you can use to obtain abundant
gratification in the main realms of life - work, love, play, and parenting.
When you know what makes you strong you can make great decisions.
Learn how to use your strengths in work, love, parenting and play.
Enhance your emotions of joy, ecstasy, calm, zest, cheerfulness,
pleasure, as well as maximizing your ability to achieve peak
Level 3: A
Using your signature strengths in the service of a larger purpose which
allows you to further the progress of humanity by developing knowledge,
creating constructive power and expanding goodness.
Find your forte for making the world a better place.
Build a sense of satisfaction, contentment, fulfillment, pride, and
Level 4: An
Authentically Happy Life
Achieving a balanced life in which you:
emotions about your past, present and future;
gratification from using your signature strengths in work, love,
parenting and play;
Find meaning by advancing
the development of humankind.
explains in his book Authentic Happiness that none of the following facts
are correlated to happiness:
Making more money (in fact,
materialistic people are less happy)
Staying healthy (it’s your
subjective view of your health that matters)
Getting as much education as
possible (No Effect)
Moving to a sunnier climate
He proposes seven steps for achieving authentic happiness:
Steps for Happiness in Positive Psychology.
STEP 1: Define Your Authentic Happiness Outcomes.
Are you clear
about your goals regarding work, love, parenting, play, and purpose?
Have you broken
down your goals into stages that will facilitate change?
Do know your
purpose in life?
STEP 2: Control your negative thinking.
Do you have
negative feelings about your past, present or future?
are you about your chances of achieving your goals?
Do you know how
to reframe your negative thoughts when you become frustrated?
STEP 3: Create external support from other people.
Do you have a
mentor or a coach who is willing to help you?
significant other giving you all the support you need?
Do you feel the
higher power is helping you reach your goals?
STEP 4: Commit to using your strengths and making
identified your strongest character strengths that will help you be
Can you stay
focused on working toward your goals all on your own?
Do you have all
the knowledge you need in order be prepared for achieving success?
STEP 5: Visualize
achieving your outcomes and use positive self-talk.
Can you see
yourself at some time in the future having achieved happiness?
Do you know how
to use affirmations to maintain your motivation?
Do you see
obstacles in your path or the solutions that will overcome them?
STEP 6: Make daily decisions about how to bring
happiness into your life.
Do you have a
time every day when you focus on what is important to you
frequently responding to urgent matters and not to what’s most
Do you get
distracted and fail to accomplish what you wanted to get done?
STEP 7: Evaluate your progress toward your outcomes.
Are you able to
review your progress without becoming discouraged?
Do you regularly
stop to assess where you are and what your next step should be?
Can you be your
own biggest fan or would you benefit from someone else cheering you
Positive Psychology explores behavior as well as the underlying physiological and
neurological processes to determine overall "mental health" of
individuals and his happiness. (See: The
Failure of Psychology)
Just because positive
psychology's research suggests that happy people do such and such, that does
not mean that if everyone did them they would be happy too. Happiness is a
far more subtle, direct and a very specific thing:
Happiness is emotional
energy, perceived as internal feeling, with specific frequency level!
Positive Psychology up to now, no doubt, have primarily focused in
the personality and circumstantial aspects of happiness, and has been incapable
explain its essential nature.
web site, our
Our Science of Happiness - goes
opposite way Positive Psychology goes:
we pin-point exactly what happiness is by defining
precisely what an emotion is, which in turn
allows to determine: first: behavior, and
second: all related physiological and
Our level of happiness should be the most important thing to considering in
examining your own life.
But, happiness is not the purpose of life.
Our personal happiness is the main way we evaluate how well our life is going.
As such, how happy a person feels is perhaps the single, most important piece
of information one can know about a person – for it usually tells the whole
This is why...
happiness should be the most important thing to considering in examining your
formula for Happiness consist of just ONE STEP:
Increase your frequency!
Increasing your frequency will change your behavior, increase your creative
power, and you'll live an exceptional life.
This sounds so amazingly
simple. It is! - Yet so devastatingly effective and, it's doable!
You are NOT at the seemingly mercy of your emotions over which it
appears you have no control.
Yes, emotion control is in your hands.
Yes, You can set your emotion in
Yes, Emotion regulation is one of your