16 Jan Happiness and longevity
Get happy and live longer!
Ever envy those Pollyanna types who skip around with a smile on their faces? While some people may be born with sunny dispositions, happiness isn’t necessarily based on genes or luck. Psychologists now believe it’s a learned skill, almost like knitting. In fact, Harvard’s how-to-be-happy course, with more than 850 enrollees, has become the university’s most popular class. Its first lesson? Embrace your failures and frustrations. “When you give yourself permission to be human,” says course instructor and psychologist Tal Ben-Shahar, “you are more likely to open yourself up to positive emotions.”
Happiness, it can be learned (check out our happiness courses at http://www.thehappinessinstitute.com/events/courses.aspx).