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Article summary of Very happy people by Diener & Seligman. (1)

Article summary of Very happy people by Diener & Seligman. (1)


What is this article about?

This is a research report of an experiment where 222 undergraduates were screened for high happiness. The upper 10% of consistently very happy people were compared with average people and very unhappy people. This study has tried to find out what some factor might be that influence high happiness: social relationships, personality and psychopathology, and variables that have been related to subjective well-being in correlational studies. It also examined whether there was a variable that was sufficient for happiness and a variable that was necessary for happiness (sufficient: everyone with the variable is happy, necessary: every happy person has the variable).

What were the results?

On a scale from 5 to 35, the very happy group scored about 30 on life satisfaction. The very happy people had virtually never thought about suicide, could recall many more good events in their lives than bad ones, and had many more positive than negative emotions on a daily basis. The very unhappy people were dissatisfied with life and had equal amounts of positive and negative affect on a daily basis. They reported this about themselves, but their friends and family also rated them dissatisfied. The average group was in the middle of these two groups. 

The biggest difference between the very happy group and the average and very unhappy group, was in their fulsome and satisfying interpersonal lives. The very happy people spent the

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IBP Social Psychology Summary - Dealing with Adversity and Achieving a Happy Life -ch 12

IBP Social Psychology Summary - Dealing with Adversity and Achieving a Happy Life -ch 12

Social and Organizational Psychology

IBP 2017-2018

 

 

Dealing with Adversity and Achieving a Happy Life

 

Stress: a contributing factor to psychological and physical health problems

  • Can stem from traumatic events, or frequent daily hassles
  • Interferes with the operation of the body’s immune system, and can be measured at the cellular level
  • Stress can be reduced by social support

Loneliness: when a person has fewer and less satisfying relationships than desired

  • If you see your personality as “fixed”: you are likely to react to rejection by cutting yourself off from others
  • If you perceive yourself as capable of change: experience rejection as an opportunity for future improvement or growth
  • Interventions related to self-change help to improve people’s resilience in the face of stress and reduce the likelihood of depression

Discrimination

  • Experiencing discrimination based on disability, sexual minorities, and weight, is associated with harm to well-being
  • Weight discrimination predicts mortality

Improving mental health

  • Regular exercise
  • Social support has shown to be beneficial for people with PTSD
  • Joining groups can foster social connectedness and help prevent depression
  • Practicing self-forgiveness

Is the legal system fair?

  • Understand potential sources of error and bias within the current system
  • Lineups used to identify criminal suspects are subject to bias if all the suspects are shown at once (simultaneous lineup)
  • In legal proceedings, defendants’ race, gender, physical attractiveness, and socioeconomic status can influence jurors’ perceptions and judgments

Happiness: often referred to as subjective

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Science of Happiness articles

Science of Happiness articles

Article summary with Beyond the hedonic treadmill: Revising the adaptation theory of well-being - Diener, E. et al.

What is this article about?

The hedonic treadmill model is a model that supposes that good and bad events can only temporarily affect happiness. According to this model, everyone always adapts back to hedonic neutrality. This leads to the conclusion that it is pointless to try and increase happiness. The poorest diseased beggar with no social connections could be just as happy as the healthy billionaire with a lot of close and supportive relationships. But is this really true? This article will make five important revisions to the hedonic treadmill model:

  1. Individuals' set points are not hedonically neutral.
  2. People have different set points, partly depending on their temperaments.
  3. A single person may have multiple happiness set points.
  4. Well-being set points can change under some conditions.
  5. Individuals differ in their adaptation to events.

 

What is the hedonic treadmill theory?

In 1971, Brickman and Campbell came up with the hedonic treadmill. According to them, processes similar to sensory adaptation occur when people experience emotional reactions to life events. Just like we get used to sensory input and are quickly not aware anymore of smells or sounds, we adapt to emotions as well. Myers added to this theory that every desirable experience is transitory. According to the original treadmill theory of Brickman and Campbell, people briefly react to good and bad events, but in a short time they return to neutrality. The theory is based on the automatic habituation model in which psychological systems react to deviations from one's current adaptation level. Automatic habituation processes are adaptive because they allow constant stimuli to fade into the background.

In 1978, Brickman, Coates, and Janoff-Bulman offered initial empirical support for the treadmill model. Brickman

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Personal competences & Meaningful goals: 
Science of Happiness EN artikelen

Science of Happiness EN artikelen

  • heb je de opdracht doorgenomen en weet je wat er van je verwacht wordt?

Ja

  • heb je originelen die nodig zijn voor de opdracht in huis of weet je hoe je daar aan gaat komen?

Ik ga ze opzoeken via Google Scholar 

  • heb je minimum en maximum omvang bekeken en heb je daar vragen of opmerkingen over?

Ik heb ze bekeken. Ik hoop binnen de 32.000 woorden te kunnen blijven, maar dat kan wellicht nog uitlopen naar 40.000 of 45.000 omdat er 28 artikelen zijn.

  • heb je de auteursrichtlijnen doorgenomen en heb je daar nog vragen of opmerkingen over?

Ja, geen vragen

  • ben je bekend met het werken via JoHo WorldSupporter en heb je daar nog vragen of opmerkingen over?

Ja, geen vragen

  • heb je de data voor voortgangscontroles en deadlines gezien en heb je daar nog vragen of opmerkingen over?

Ja, geen vragen

  • heb je de opbouw voor de vergoedingen bekeken en heb je daar nog vragen of opmerkingen over?

Ja, geen vragen

  • heb je de mogelijkheden voor bonussen bekeken en ben je van plan daar gebruik van te maken of wil je dat later beslissen?

Ja, ik ga er gebruik van maken. 

  • heb je verder nog vragen over de opdracht, de richtlijnen of de werkwijze rondom deze opdracht?

Nee 

Some key differences between a happy life and a meaningful life - Baumeister e.a. - Article

Some key differences between a happy life and a meaningful life - Baumeister e.a. - Article


What is this article about?

Two of the most widely held goals by which people measure and motivate themselves are happiness and a meaningful life. In this article, the relationship between these two goals is discussed. More specifically, although there certainly is (much) overlap between these two, the focus here is on the differences.

How can happiness be defined?

Happiness generally refers to a state of subjective well-being. Happiness be may narrowly or broadly focused: one can be happy to have found a lost key, but one can also be happy that the war has ended. Happiness is conceptualized and measured by researcher in at least two different manners. The first one concerns affect balance, which suggests that happiness is an aggregate of how one feels at different moment. Happiness is then defined as having more pleasant than unpleasant emotional states. The second one concerns life satisfaction, which goes beyond momentary feelings. It refers to an integrative, evaluative assessment of one's entire life. Generally, assessing both of these provides a useful index of subjective well-being.

How can a meaningful life be

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Study guide with articlesummaries for Science of Happiness at the University of Utrecht

Study guide with articlesummaries for Science of Happiness at the University of Utrecht

Articlesummaries with Science of Happiness at the University of Utrecht

Table of content

  • Revising the adaptation theory of well-being
  • Strengths and weaknesses of self-report measures of subjective well-being
  • Is the study of happiness a worthy scientific pursuit?
  • Non-traditional measures of subjective well-being and their validity
  • Concepts and components of well-being
  • What are the possibility, desirability, and justifiability of happiness?
  • Three revolutions in the global history of happiness
  • What is well-being?
  • What is eudaimonia?
  • The relationship between cognitive outlooks and well-being
  • Affective forecasting and impact bias explained
  • Factors that might influence high happiness
  • The dark side of happiness
  • Increasing happiness
  • The Sustainable Happiness Model (SHM)
  • Using Positive Psychological Interventions (PPIs) to increase subjective well-being
  • Impact of the size and scope of government on human well-being
  • Well-being in metrics and policy
  • Subjective well-being and national satisfaction
  • Can and should happiness be a policy goal?
  • Including subjective well-being measures in government policies
  • The relationship between materialism and well-being
  • Affect and emotions as drivers of climate change perception and action
  • How pro-environmental behavior can both thwart and foster well-being
  • The relationship between social bonds and well-being
  • The relationship between social capital, prosocial behavior, and subjective well-being
  • Marriage, parenthood and well-being
  • The relationship between close relationships and health
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The twelve elements of sustainable happiness and contentment - WorldSupporter Theme

The twelve elements of sustainable happiness and contentment - WorldSupporter Theme

The twelve elements of sustainable happiness and contentment (contentions)

  • Happiness elements are those elements (conditions, values) that lead to a satisfied life, a satisfied group or a satisfied society.
  • These are elements that play a role in the degree of satisfaction you could have as a person or as a group of people (organization, family).
  • These elements have been in literature since ancient times. They are regarded as crucial and determining elements in the context of happiness and contentment.

The elements:

The Promise of Sustainable Happiness (summary)

The Promise of Sustainable Happiness (summary)

The Promise of Sustainable Happiness

Boehm, J. K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (in press). The promise of sustainable happiness. In S. J. Lopez (Ed.), Handbook of positive psychology (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press

The article suggests that, despite several barriers withholding people to increase their well-being, less happy people can successfully strive to be happier by learning a variety of effortful strategies and practicing these with determination and commitment. They use the sustainable happiness model (by Lyubomirsky, Sheldon and Schkade, 2005) as theoretical framework. According to the model, three factors contribute to an individual’s happiness level:

  • The set point

  • Life circumstances

  • Intentional activities/effortful acts that are episodic and naturally variable

The journey to happiness has always and still is of great interest, there is empirical evidence that it even leads to positive life outcomes such as a higher income and stronger relationships. The question, however, is whether people can actually attain a level of sustainable happiness.

To answer this question, we first we look at what happy and unhappy people are like:

The first thing that comes to mind is the difference between their ‘objective’ circumstances that could cause a difference in their level of happiness. Some examples include: marital status, age, sex, culture, income etc. It is shown, however, that these factors do not explain the variation in people’s level of well-being.

The article proposes that happiness and unhappiness is due to the subjective experience and construal of the world by people. They interpret their environment differently, leading the authors to explore an individual thoughts, behaviors and motivations. Happier people see the world in a more positive, and thus happiness-promoting, way. Research suggests that happy people are this way because of multiple adaptive strategies:

Construal

Research that involved having happy

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The twelve elements of sustainable happiness and contentment - WorldSupporter Theme
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The Global Happiness Bundle: content and contributions about global happiness and the personal perspectives

Happiness quotes and statements from around the world - WorldSupporter Theme
Happiness quotes & statements gathered by contentment - The Netherlands

Happiness quotes & statements gathered by contentment - The Netherlands

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Quotes & statements from Holland by contention (the twelve elements of contentment) - The Netherlands


Self-awareness & Self-insight

  • what you say, is what you are.

Independency & Steadfastness

  • Sometimes I'm so independent I forget to listen to myself.
  • By 'Loesje' (a Dutch Quote community)

Limitlessness & Freedom

  • “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
  • “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
  • “I've found that there is always some beauty left -- in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.”
  • By 'Anne Frank' written during wartime while hiding.

Usefulness & Meaning

  • “No one has ever become poor by giving.”
  • By 'Anne Frank'

Experience & Feeling alive

  • Did you find a coin? It will bring you luck - The Netherlands.

Helpfulness & Attentiveness

  • Vragen staat vrij. It means it is your freedom to ask, you can always ask. The other person can always say no. When you want to help people, it is also best to ask, do they want help? What kind of help? Everything starts with a question. So many things can be done with a good heart, but the effect is gone, when your help doesnt fit.

Engagement & Sense of surroundings

  • Blow away the seeds of a dandelion in one breath. You may make a wish

Goal Orientation & Sense of perspective

  • Did you hit the goalpost at football? You will win the next match

Balance & Stability

  • Doe maar normaal, dan doe je al gek genoeg: Act normal, that is already crazy enough.

Result awareness & Positivity

  • Are we going Dutch? Everyone pays for themselves. It might not seem positive, but it connects with the Dutch believe in equality. In a way it is straightforward and clear, you pay what you order, so no need to be worried about your expenses. PS only when you divide the bill and the other person has ordered more expensive drinks or food. Just remember what you ordered and give it to the person who will pay. We have a thing called Tikkie or a possibility on any bank app to send a whatsapp message with a link so people can pay back easily. To me as a dutch person, it is positive and it is going towards your own results: saving money, if that is what you are after. 

Connectivity & Contacts

  • Wat gij niet wilt dat u geschiedt, doe dat ook een ander niet. ' Het rijmpje' komt uit de Lutherbijbel van 1545. It means don't do to others what you don't want to be done towards yourself. The rhyme (in dutch) is from the Lutherbible of 1545.

Attention & Focus

  • Did you step in dog poo? It will bring you luck.
Quotes & statements from around Africa by country and contention (the twelve elements of contentment) - Africa

Quotes & statements from around Africa by country and contention (the twelve elements of contentment) - Africa

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Quotes & statements from around Africa by country and contention (the twelve elements of contentment)

Self-awareness & Self-insight

  • We are what our thinking makes us: Nigeria.
  • Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand: Guinea.
  • Those who are happy at home should remain at home.

Independency & Steadfastness

  • Examine what is said, not him who speaks: Egypt.

Limitlessness & Freedom

  • Happiness often sneaks through your door when you left the door open.
  • Dance even if the hump on your back does not allow you.

Usefulness & Meaning

  • Ubuntu: I am a person through other people. (Zulu)
    • Desmond Tutu said: “One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu, the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. We believe that a person is a person through other persons.. It is a form of humanism which can be expressed
    • "I am, like because of who we all are." Ubuntu signifies emphatically that: “The life of another person is at least as valuable as one’s own,” and that “Respect for the dignity of every person is integral to this concept.”
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Experience & Feeling alive

  • Those who are absent are always wrong: Congo.

Helpfulness & Attentiveness

  • Happiness is not perfected until it is shared.

Engagement & Sense of surroundings

  • Happiness is like a perfume, you cannot pour it all on others without allowing a few drops to fall on yourself.
  • The chameleon changes color to match the earth; the earth doesn’t change colors to match the chameleon: Senegal.

Goal Orientation & Sense of perspective

  • The big game often appears when the hunter has given up the hunt for the day.
  • The chameleon looks in all directions before moving: Uganda.
  • Anxious about the shoe, but careless about the foot.

Balance & Stability

  • If you are building a house and a nail breaks, do you stop building, or do you change the nail?
  • Who swims never sinks.

Result awareness & Positivity

  • There are no shortcuts to the top of the palm tree : Cameroon.

Connectivity & Contacts

  • Lonely is one: Masai.
  • Alone in counsel, alone in sorrow.

Attention & Focus

  • Coffee and love taste best when hot: Ethiopia.
  • He who learns teaches: Ethiopia.

The Happy Bundle: content and contributions about a happy and meaningful life

Daily advice for well being? Check out the podcast 'The Science of Happiness'

Daily advice for well being? Check out the podcast 'The Science of Happiness'

stars in the night

If you're looking for some practical tools on how to improve your well being, your happiness, this podcast will suit you! It's developed by the Greater Good Science Center, part of Berkeley University. Every episode a guest is invited who has tried one of the 60 (!) tools. Also at the end there is some information about the scientific evidence and context of that specific practice. Check it out at any of your Podcast platforms or visit https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/podcasts

Don't worry, be happy!
Niet happy na je emigratie. Wat moet je doen?

Niet happy na je emigratie. Wat moet je doen?

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Laat ik maar meteen met de deur is huis vallen: het leven is niet altijd geweldig als je geëmigreerd bent. Je bent niet altijd happy. Het lijkt misschien allemaal fantastisch: je bent je droom achterna gegaan, je zit op een fantastisch nieuwe plek, je bent de liefde achterna gegaan. Wat de reden ook was: je hebt een mooie en bijzondere stap gezet, met de nodige positieve verwachtingen.

Maar helaas is het niet allemaal rozengeur en maneschijn. Na je emigratie kom je er pas achter wat verhuizen naar het buitenland écht betekent. Na verloop van tijd weet je dat je sommige dingen niet gegaan zoals je gehoopt had. Enkele voorbeelden:
• Vrienden maken is moeilijker dan je denkt
• Je voelt je (financieel) afhankelijk van je partner
• Je huis voelt niet als een thuis
• Het contact met de achterblijvers verloopt niet zoals je wilt
• Je hebt last van heimwee

9 aandachtsgebieden na emigratie

Je goed voelen in het buitenland is niet een kwestie dat 1 ding op orde moet zijn en dan is alles goed. ‘Happy’ zijn na een emigratie vraagt op meerdere gebieden in je leven aanpassing en flexibiliteit. Om je plek helemaal te vinden in het buitenland en je ‘gelukkig’ te voelen is het nodig om de volgende gebieden optimaal tot uiting te laten komen.

1. Sociaal leven
2. Familie en gezinssituatie
3. Werksituatie
4. Rol in de maatschappij
5. Contact met ‘achterblijvers’
6. Heimwee
7. Taal
8. Je huis als thuis
9. Ontspanning, hobby en vrije tijd

 

Happy Stones

Happy Stones

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Happy Stones maken, vinden en volgen

Echt leuk, vorige week vond ik op straat een hele mooie steen. De steen was van Happy Stones Den Haag. En de steen kan je opzoeken op Facebook. Ik heb een foto gemaakt en laten weten waar de steen is op de Facebook groep aan de maker. En ik heb de steen buiten laten liggen, om te zien hoe lang het zou duren voordat de steen weer ging reizen.

Je kan dus een Happy Stone maken

  • Neem een kiezelsteen
  • Versier of beschilder de steen, gebruik geen lijm of glitter
  • Tag de steen, mijn steen had Happy Stone Den Haag erop staan, met het logo van Facebook

Verstop de steen in jouw buurt en wacht tot iemand de steen vindt, dat kan gewoon thuis, af en toe Facebook checken.

Voor de vinder

  • Vind de steen
  • Maak een foto
  • Zoek de goede Facebook groep
  • Hou de steen, of beter nog, laat de steen weer verder reizen

Doel

  • Iemand een beetje blij maken met een klein cadeautje
  • En de steen kan reizen, wat wij in de lockdown niet echt kunnen

Echt leuk, gister was de steen voor de deur weg. Ik heb zelf een slachtoffersteen gevonden, dus ga misschien als ik het durf de steen beschilderen. En ik heb een van mijn Filippijnse artiesten vriendinnen heel enthousiast gemaakt, en Happy Stones kennen ze nog niet op de Filippijnen! Dus... ze gaan ze ook op de Filippijnen maken. Pay it Forward toch? Ieders dagje een beetje blijer maken, grenzeloos.

 

 

 

 

In my life I've learned that true happiness comes from giving. Helping others along the way makes you evaluate who you are. I think that love is what we're all searching for. I haven't come across anyone who didn't become a better person through love.

In my life I've learned that true happiness comes from giving. Helping others along the way makes you evaluate who you are. I think that love is what we're all searching for. I haven't come across anyone who didn't become a better person through love.

In my life I've learned that true happiness comes from giving. Helping others along the way makes you evaluate who you are. I think that love is what we're all searching for. I haven't come across anyone who didn't become a better person through love.

Deze quote van Marla Gibbs is naar mijn mening het beeld van een Wereldsupporter. 
 

The Happiness Advantage

The Happiness Advantage

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Who are the happiest people in the world?

When I was living in the Philippines, to me the filipinos were the happiest. And I have traveled a lot. The filipinos themselves, also said to me, multiple times, different people, they were the happiest. Time for me to dive more into the topic Happiness. 

My good friend Rebie Ramoso, who to me is an example who always thinks about others and helps others, using her own skills (design and creativity, she is an artist). She advised me to read this book, instead I watched the TED-talk by Shawn Achor. 

The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

Very inspiring short and fast talk about Happiness by Shawn Achor. A topic to study more. 

Scan the positive not the negative, exercise and train your brain. Happiness and Succes, and creating a revolution. Let's start now.

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