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True happiness isn't about being happy all the time
Over the past two decades, the positive psychology movement has brightened up psychological research with its science of happiness, human potential and flourishing. It argues that psychologists should not only investigate mental illness but also what makes life worth living.

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True happiness

True happiness

It isn’t about being happy all the time.

Striving for a happy life is one thing, but striving to be happy all the time is unrealistic.

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Psychological flexibility

Being open to emotional experiences and being able to tolerate discomfort can allow us to move towards a more meaningful existence.

The way we respond to the circumstances...

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The 2 philosophical paths to happiness

  • Hedonistic: in order to live a happy life we must maximize pleasure and avoid pain. This view is often short-lived.

  • Eudaimonic approach

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Happiness and adversity

Leading a happy life is not about avoiding hard times.

A happy life is about being able to respond to adversity in a way that allows you to grow from the experience. And e...

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