This excellent post from Dr Jocelyn Lowinger appeared this morning. What I like about it is that it challenges the usual way we think about happiness.
Happiness and how to get it
Happiness, and how to get it, certainly seems to be on our minds.
Millions and millions of words have been written about how to be happy and how to find happiness. Books, blogs, websites, apps, memes, tweets…
Psychologists, doctors, counsellors, coaches, researchers, philosophers, religions of all varieties all have something to say about happiness.
We have a whole happiness industry – but is it working?
Certainly feelings of happiness and positive emotion are essential for feelings of wellbeing. Depression and related mental health disorders are common, around 1 in 6 of us will experience depression at some stage of our lives.* So there does seem to be an urgent need to boost happiness.
But with depression rates so high, are all these millions of words and 10 steps to happiness lists having any effect at all? Perhaps pursuing happiness in itself is the wrong goal altogether?…
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