The Habits of HappinessBiochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard talks about how humans all have a profound desire to be happy. We can easily train our minds to achieve the deep sense of serenity and fulfillment that we all desire.
Want to be Happier? Stay in the MomentMatt Killingsworth is a researcher who studies the nature and causes of human happiness. Through his studies, he has found that humans are the happiest when they are able to live in the present. People’s minds tend to wander a lot, and interestingly, that is also when they are the least happy.
Want to be Happy? Be GratefulBrother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk, expounds the secrets of happiness: Slow down and be grateful. Grateful living is about being aware of our present moment, the opportunities gifted to us. He recommends a three-step strategy to living in the present: Stop, Look. Go.
The surprising science of HappinessHarvard Psychologist and author, Dan Gilbert, argues that we are able to manufacture happiness – and that allows us to feel truly happy even when things aren’t going well. Humans have something called a “psychological immune system.” It is a system of non-conscious cognitive processes that can help us change our perspectives and feel better about our situations.
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The paradox of choiceOne of the great things of modern living is the array of choices that we have. Psychologist Barry Schwartz explores how the freedom of choice makes us even more dissatisfied and unhappy. More choices mean exerting more mental energy to make extra decisions. Extra choices always makes us obsessed with making the “perfect” choice as we fear having to live through regret and disappointment – in the event that we make the “wrong” choice.
Flow, the secret to HappinessMihaly Csikszentmihalyi coined the concept of “flow” — a state of heightened focus and immersion in activities such as art, play and work. Here, he ponders the question – “what makes life worth living?” Through his research, he has found that people who are in a state of flow – and are completely engaged in the process of creating something new – are the happiest. They do not have the attention or the capacity to worry about life’s problems. Something I’ve found to be absolutely true.
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