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Includes information from Positive Psychology, Buddhist Psychology, Mind Science, and Mindfulness Practice

Jennifer Sanford

on 15 April 2014

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Transcript of Happiness

HAPPINESS & WELL-BEING Physical Emotional Intellectual Satisfaction with Life Scale Spiritual Social Financial Environmental Occupational Life should have meaning and purpose:
foster a set of guiding principles, values,
or beliefs that help you to make meaning
of your world. Eat to fulfill hunger needs rather than emotional ones.
Eat nutritious food for the most part, but allow yourself
less healthy treats occasionally. Get enough sleep.
Exercise regularly. All of these things help with mood &
stress levels. Rate each of these statements on a 1-7 scale
(1 = low agreement; 7 = high agreement)

1. In most ways, my life is close to ideal.
2. The conditions of my life are excellent.
3. I am satisfied with my life.
4. So far I have gotten the important things I want in life.
5. If I could live my life over, I would change almost nothing.

What is your total? Diener's scale:
31-35 = you are extremeley satisfied with life
26-30 = very satisfied
21-25 = slightly satisfied
20 = neutral
15-19 = slightly dissatisfied
10-14 = dissatisfied
5-9 = extremely dissatisfied

Did you know that Denmark rates #1 as the happiest
country? The U.S. ranks 23rd. Globally, subjective
well-being is most closely linked to: health, wealth
(to a point), and level of education. Optimism, trust, self-esteem, self-acceptance,
self-control, self-confidence, satisfying
relationships, and an ability to share feelings Openness to new ideas, a capacity to question and think critically, and the motivation to master new skills Adopting smart fiscal management
practices and being prepared for all
possible expenses: short-term,
long-term, and emergency Advocating for sustainable change,
contributing to the health of the
planet, and living a “green” lifestyle Gaining personal fulfillment from employment,
maintaining a sense of balance, and
utilizing talents Good communication skills, developing the
capacity for intimacy, and cultivating a
support network of caring friends and family The Most Important Components
of Happiness are: Harvard Medical Video: What it takes to be happy Want some inspiration? Watch this: Want to further explore the concept of flow? Watch one or both of the videos below: Short
videos = Longer
video = 1. Expressing our Virtues (such as wisdom,
compassion, sense of justice...) 2. Engagement or Flow--being in the zone; being IN the experience just for the sake of it, not for the outcome or sense of accomplishment 3. Living in the Moment-- taking time to
smell the roses 4. Having Meaning in Life 5. Having Gratitude or Appreciation &
Expressing it to ourselves & those we feel grateful for. To some degree, an individual's life satisfaction is determined by genetics, but much of the rest is up to us and the ways that we are engaged and make meaning in our lives, as well as our various life style choices.
Life circumstances have an impact, but, for the most part, we are fairly quick to adapt to both positive and negative events. Aspects of Well-Being Watch this!
It's good! Srikumar Rao on happiness. Invest in the process,
not the outcome Learn acceptance.
There is nothing you
have to do, get,
or be to be happy. Jon Kabat-Zinn
You are only alive
in this moment Deepak Chopra: a brief
guided meditation
on gratitude The power of gratitude Ron Gutman:
The hidden power
of smiling "Finding purpose in life"
by an inspirational
blogger Want more?
Check these out: A philospher's thoughts on Flow (10 mins) 3 Tips on Finding Flow (11 mins)
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