How do researchers do studies on happiness?

When I spoke yesterday for a Rotary Club, I had someone ask me to email her a few of the attributes I noted that researchers use when they examine happiness. In my presentation, I talk about how people often ask, “what does happiness really mean?” and so it is helpful to see how it is broken down in the academic world. These positive emotions and attributes include:

Joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe, and love. 

My goal is add posts with bits and pieces of the research, questions I come across during my talks, as well as exercises that we can add to our arsenal of daily “five minutes a day” activities that make a big difference in our life. For example, remember that:

Your brain at positive performs significantly better (31 percent more productive!) than it does at negative, neutral or stressed.

That’s huge!

Many more posts coming soon!

-Michael

June 2017, Positive Psychology Speech