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Optimism as the ultimate pursuit

Optimism as the ultimate pursuit

We all know what it's like to feel bad, and we all want to feel good more than we feel bad.

For many philosophers and individuals in general, optimism/joy is the ultimate pursuit. However, being always positive does not mean being blind to real concerns. We can experience positive and negative emotions.

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The casual influence of happiness on future outcomes

The casual influence of happiness on future outcomes

The causal influence of happiness goes from happiness to doing better at work. When you're doing better at work, it makes you happier. 

Yet, die-hard optimists should understand that there may be occasions where you should tone it down a little for the sake of others. Pessimists should mayb...

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Center of gravity to mood states

Most people have a set range for their resting state of happiness, to which they eventually return regardless of what life events they encounter.

However, the centre of gravity can shift. 

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History is changed for the better by the hypomanic

History is changed for the better by the hypomanic

Hypomania is an extreme form of happiness. When it reaches a pathological level of happiness, you're not only feeling on top of the world, but therapists also think it's dysfunctional.

Hypomanic means someone has a complete lack of impulse control. You talk without stopping in a way that pe...

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Ensure you're not neglecting the bigger picture

Ensure you're not neglecting the bigger picture

If you diagnose yourself as an optimist, you might want to ensure you are at least noticing when the glass is half-full and for whom the glass is half-full, who doesn't have a glass at all, and who has two glasses. 

For pessimists, notice your attention. Consider which part of the picture y...

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Being positive can be exploited

  • If you seem too happy, it may be an indication to others that you are low on empathy.
  •  You may be perceived by others as naive and insensitive to people who are not in a very good mood at the time. 
  • Dispositional optimistic people tend to be biased to only pay attention to th...

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People get happier on average as they get older

People get happier on average as they get older

Well into older adulthood, adults are happier than they were when they were younger. Research suggests that's because older adults tend to selectively look at the pretty picture and ignore the ugly picture.

This attentional engine that filters out reality and pushes feelings around atte...

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Happiness is a privilege

You do not have to be rich to control where you pay attention. 

The optimists of the world tend not to be hanging out on their couches, staring at their half-filled glasses. Instead, they're starting non-profits or becoming teachers. They acknowledge that there are objective disadvantages b...

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Unhappiness and happiness are not photo negatives of each other

The correlation between positive and negative emotions is only -0.3, meaning if being happy was the opposite of being unhappy, you would see a correlation of -1. So it suggests that people are fully capable of feeling some happy emotions, some negative feelings and mixed emotions. 

Studies ...

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The happiest people in the world

A 2013 TIME magazine survey found that 90% of people consider themselves optimists.

  • But happiness varies by national culture. For example, Denmark and Finland are considered very happy. In 2015, the least happy country was Togo, but a 2021 report showed that Afghanistan was the least h...

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