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The Happiness Hypothesis - Jonathan Haidt - (http://www.happinesshypothesis.com/beyond- gethappy.html) 2007/12/10 20:34:35 ---------------------------------- The Happiness Hypothesis Home Reviews Read Chapters About the Author Buy the Book Beyond the Book Beyond the book How to Become Happier If you have read The Happiness Hypothesis you know all about the cortical lottery, happiness traps, and why happiness doesn’t just come from within. You know that you have to change the elephant and change your environment to change yourself. You know that happiness and meaning come from getting the right relationship between yourself and others, yourself and your work, and yourself and something larger than yourself. OK, so what exactly do you do now? How can you apply the ideas from the book to make yourself lastingly happier? (If you haven't yet read the book, the activities below should still make sense.) Step 1: Diagnose Yourself You inherited a particular brain with a setpoint for an average happiness level (ch. 2). You are not doomed to live at your setpoint -- many other factors move your actual level of happiness up or down from your biological predisposition. But you do need to KNOW what your setpoint is, so you know which challenges you’ll face. And knowing your strengths will help you overcome these challenges. To Do: * Go to www.authentichappiness.org and register at the site, so that you can take personality tests and the site will remember your scores and show you how you compare to others. Keep going back to the "Test Center." * Take the "General Happiness Scale," the "Satisfaction with Life Scale," and the "Optimism Test." Also look at the questions on page 34 of The Happiness Hypothesis. From those various scales, and from reading Chapter 2, you should have a sense of how you did on the cortical lottery. Are you an optimist? Were you born to be happy, or are you going to have to put in some real effort to get there? * If you suspect you are below average, or if you are feeling down these days, also take the CES-D (depression) Questionnaire on the Authentic Happiness site. If you scored above 16, you should seek professional treatment, particularly if you have felt this way for more than a few
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weeks. Please make an appointment with a mental health professional, or you can start with your doctor and get a referral. * Take the VIA strengths survey (not the brief strengths test). It's long, but worth it. Print out the report on your top strengths. This is the one test for which the site doesn't give you much help in interpreting your scores, but you can learn more about strengths and how to use them here. Step 2: Improve Your Mental Hygiene
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