018 What is Happiness?

This week we’re looking at the science of happiness – what does it mean to be happy? Who has studied happiness? And is there a way you can assure happiness?

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Happify: The Science of Happiness 

HuffPost: A History of ‘Happiness’

HuffPost: What Is The Science of Happiness?

Independent: Science Says Happier People Have These 9 Things in Common

Kern, M. L., Waters, L. E., Adler, A., & White, M. A. (2015). A multidimensional approach to measuring well-being in students: Application of the PERMA framework. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 10(3), 262–271 

Mindful: The Science of Mindfulness

NHS: Mindfulness 

Positive Psychology Program: The PERMA Model: Your Scientific Theory of Happiness 

Positive Psychology Program: Happiness & All You Need To Know About The Science Behind It

Seligman, M. E. P., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2000). Positive psychology: An introduction. American Psychologist, 55(1), 5-14

Simthsonian: The (Scientific) Pursuit of Happiness 

The Pursuit of Happiness: History of Happiness 

Wikipedia: Epicurus

Books and Further Reading:

Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realise your Potential for Lasting Fulfilment – Martin Seligman (2011)

Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life – Paul Dolan (2014)

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life – Marting Seligman (2018)

Sane New World: Taming the Mind – Ruby Wax (2013)

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