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November 7, 2007 Guest Lecture: David G. Myers The Scientific Pursuit of Happiness More negative topics in psychology journal articles than positive topics (~2005) Seligman’s 3 pillars of positive psychology (21 st century) *1. positive subjective wellbeing – life satisfaction/happiness/optimism* 3. positive institutions “Subjective Well-Being” 1. Feeling happy 2. Thinking life is satisfying How happy are people? 1. Self-reports are mostly positive Are happy people “in denial”? The happiness thermometers may read a little high, yet Self-report measures are: reliable, correlated w/ experience samplings, correlated w/ positive indicators, correlated w/ others’ reports, & the only measures of subjective well-being Who Is Happy? 1. Age? same % of satisfied people A. Changing emotions with age B. Empty nest syndrome 2. Women or men? same % satisfied & very happy men & women - selected disorders by sex 3. Well-being and being well-off?
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