In Pursuit of Happiness

In Pursuit of Happiness

I don’t know about you, but I’m thrilled about the recent body of research that indicates optimism, happiness and positivity lead to success [instead of the other way around].  For those of us who knew this intuitively, it’s nice to be validated by those of us who need scientific proof.

I’m reading a great book called Positive Psychology Coaching by Robert Biswas-Diener and Ben Dean and much of this blog is a summary of my learning.  When we acknowledge that the notion of happiness is central to our society–from expecting happy endings in books and movies to taking on a moral imperative in the US Declaration of Independence—we realize that we all want to have fun, fall in love, feel at peace and experience satisfaction.

And now it turns out that happiness is not just an idle emotional pursuit, it is Continue reading