As I was waiting for my morning caffeine fix recently, a Sydney Morning Herald headline caught my eye: The Meaning of Happiness by Ross Gittins. Why is Ross Gittins talking about happiness? After all, he’s an economist and all we hear is doom and gloom for the economy, right? I was intrigued and had to find out more.
I discovered that Ross was talking about a relatively new arena of psychology called “positive psychology”. It’s been around for about a decade and was pioneered by Professor Martin Seligman from the University of Pennsylvania. In essence, positive psychology encourages people to be happy or get to a “glass is half full” way of looking at the world. But, of course, the article then went on to tell me that people now think this a load of old baloney and there’s a happy backlash.
A range of philosophical debates stated why being happy is just plain silly, but what it boiled down to is that sometimes you need to be miserable to balance things out. This left poor Professor Seligman with a dilemma: how do you define being happy?
He answers in a new book called Flourish, which talks about being in a state of wellbeing.
Wellbeing is made up of five components:
- A pleasant, positive life.
- Living an engaged life.
- A meaningful life.
- A sense of accomplishment.
- Having positive relationships.
Reading this made me pause. I put my caffeine fix to one side and thought this whole concept through. Hang on — WellBeing magazine has been helping Australians do this for 29 years!
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