Originally posted on aplinglink:
In an attempt to convey a more positive, upbeat, sunny view of things than I usually do, here’s a summary of an article from the 2014 Summer issue of the Anarcho-Syndicalist Review (ASR) on happiness.
There’s a new orientation within psychological research called positive psychology which studies well-being, happiness, and other positive aspects of people’s lives (see, for example, Keyes and Haidt, 2003 and Fredrickson, 2009). Happiness is a tricky construct for researchers to define; they tend to use terms like well-being, satisfaction and flourishing, and to examine experiences such as engaging in relationships, developing skills and contributing to society. There are a plethora of methodological issues in play here, but, in the spirit of the piece, I’ll keep my doubts to myself.
The article begins the review of findings by examining factors which have a low impact on happiness, the most notable being income and possessions. The best studies here…
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