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Why studying happiness is good for our “psychological immune system,” explained by Harvard “happiness professor” Tal Ben-Shahar.

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The 2 Biggest Misconceptions About Happiness

The 2 Biggest Misconceptions About Happiness

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Back in 2015, Tal Ben-Shahar was on a transatlantic flight when a question came to mind: How is it that there is a field of study for psychology, philosophy, history, medicine, geography, you name itand there is no field of study for happiness? Yeah, there is positive psychology ...

There are two main critiques that people have for the field of happiness studies. The first one is that it's superficial. The reason is that they equate happiness with pleasure. So when people say, "Oh, I went to the beach. I was so happy," or, "This ice cream just makes me happy...

The second critique of the field of happiness stems from the false understanding that a happy life is a life devoid of painful emotions. It's not. It can never be. Part of a happy life is the vicissitudes of daily life. 

Overall, happiness includes life's ups and downs. The signs of happiness can strengthen our psychological immune system. Because the role of the science of happiness is first of all, to introduce us to concepts like post-traumatic growth, which is growing strong...

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