Inspired by some comments by Tony Hsieh, I decided to dig a little deeper into the science of happiness. Just gathering a bunch of notes at this point, and then will try to synthesize some of what I am discovering.
A Few Different Frameworks on Happiness:
- Perceived Control
- Perceived Progress
- Vision / Meaning (Being part of something bigger than yourself)
3 Types of Happiness:
- Rock Star (Pleasure – Chasing the next high)
- Flow (Engagement – time flies)
- Meaning / Higher Purpose (Being Part of something bigger than yourself)
Happiness Is the Mission[ via video of SXSW talk ]
- wikipedia – Martin Seligman
- Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment
- Can Happiness be Taught?
- Authentic Happiness Positive Psychology Center
The Happiness Hypothesis
Tony Hsieh – Unified Happiness Theory
Establishing balance among four basic human needs:
- perceived progress
- perceived control
- connection to a larger vision
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