Happiness and meditation – you can learn and it’s definitely worth it

Happiness and meditation – you can learn and it’s definitely worth it

an article by Sherri Fisher for Positive Psychology News Daily

Being More than Just Satisfied

Even if you are presently satisfied with your life, and most people say they are, you probably would like to be more than just satisfied. One of the things we know about positive emotions is that they produce as well as reflect desirable outcomes. According to Barbara Fredrickson_ã_s broaden and build theory, positive emotions affect both personal and interpersonal domains. Positive emotions:

  • broaden attention and thinking
  • encourage higher-level and creative thinking
  • build cognitive, social, and physical resources
  • are key components of resilience

People who experience more positive emotion (like happiness) also experience more optimism and calmness, and they tend to increase mental health and close relationships.

One of the challenges of both staying happy and becoming happier, though, is the hedonic treadmill, the tendency for people to adapt to experiences and return to their happiness set points. This appears to be most true of pleasure-seeking, which thus by itself is not a viable approach to either maintaining or increasing happiness.

Can You Be Too Happy?

Oishi, Diener and Lucas have found that it is possible to be too happy, depending on what you are trying to achieve. For instance, if your goal is close relationships, then being very happy is optimal. If instead you want success in income or education, being moderately happy is probably just right. Just a slight amount of dissatisfaction can lead to achievement motivation, which might mean learning, achieving, and earning more. Note that you will still want to be happier than average, and that means you will be subject to the hedonic treadmill and happiness adaptation. Wouldn_ã_t you like to be in more control of this?

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