PSY 429 Discussions - Week One One concept of happiness proposed by some psychologists in an effort to define happiness in universal terms is the

PSY 429 Discussions - Week One One concept of...

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Week One One concept of happiness proposed by some psychologists, in an effort to define happiness in universal terms, is the idea that it involves three basic elements: pleasant life, good life, and meaningful life (Seligman et al., 2005). According to Seligman, pleasant life refers to the satisfaction one gets from day-to-day activities, good life refers to the development of personal abilities and talents, and meaningful life refers to the ability to use those talents and abilities to make the world a better place or for the greater good. In this example, happiness is defined as a long-term state achieved and then must be sustained. In this sense, it could be a bit easier to define happiness in universal terms. Basically, if a person can enjoy their daily life, work on self-development, and find something meaningful to contribute to, they can achieve happiness. Although wealth is “a poor predictor of happiness,” some wealth is necessary to achieve the basic elements listed above. A person has to be able to make at least enough money to allow them the time and means to find and develop meaning in their life. According to a 2010 Gallup study, happiness is positively correlated to yearly income, but only up to $75,000. Anything above that may affect people’s ability to enjoy the little things that make life meaningful (Kahneman & Deaton, 2010). Personally, I think I can handle making more than $75,000 a year and still be happy! Kahneman, D., & Deaton, A. (2010). High income improves evaluation of life but not emotional well-being. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107 (38), 16489-16493. doi:10.1073/pnas.1011492107 Seligman, M. E. P., Steen, T. A., Park, N., & Peterson, C. (2005). Positive Psychology Progress: Empirical Validation of Interventions. American Psychologist, 60 (5), 410– 421. Other psychologists think of happiness as more of an up and down sort of emotion similar to anger. When something good happens, people experience happiness for a while, and then after enough time as passed, they level out again. When people experience something unpleasant, they feel unhappy for a while until the emotion passes. Daniel Cordaro, the founder of the Contentment Foundation, believes that people should be more concerned with attaining contentment. He argues that happiness is just temporary, but contentment is a sustainable state of wholeness and well-being. Cordaro, D. (2020, April 27). What If You Pursued Contentment Rather Than Happiness? Retrieved October 03, 2020, from ppiness
WEEK 2 1. Freudians emphasize that “personality” is shaped by early developmental experiences. However, the psychoanalytic approach to therapy assumes that adults

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