Thursday, March 02, 2006

Authentic Happiness

I'm stealing the title from a site I found. Psychologist Dr. Martin Seligman believes that there is more to psychology than the study of what's wrong with our moods. Dr. Seligman has founded a branch of psychology called positive psychology. Instead of focusing on the negatives, Dr. Seligman's psychology studies positive emotional traits, character traits and postive institutions.

What a wonderful thing to study! What a wonderful way to put a positive spin on our personalities. By studying what makes something positive we can have a focus on how to create more positive feelings and interactions rather than trying to avoid the negative --and hope that that works.

Dr. Seligman works out of the University of Pennsylvannia and his website is Authentic Happiness. Check it out.


Blogger Ryvr said...

That stuff looks good!
I have been reading the Buddhist master Thich Naht Hahn lately, and much of his ideas appear somewhat similar: mindfulness in the present moment and finding the "small" things that can make us profoundly happy.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Scottage said...

Wow, finally a rational approach to the human psyche! I love it. Thanks for the post.

11:06 PM  

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