"A new study from New Zealand explores aversion to happiness, and how various cultures react differently to feelings of well-being and satisfaction. Graduate student Mohsen Joshanloo and Dan Weijers, Ph.D., of the Victoria University of Wellington discovered the reason some people avoid being positive, happy, and satisfied with life is because they have a lingering belief that happiness causes bad things to happen."
"A researcher at the University of Missouri has developed a model to help people become happier and stay that way…. The model consists of two components: The need to keep having new and positive life-changing experiences and the need to keep appreciating what you already have and not want more too soon, he explained." This actually seems kind of plausible, but it also seems like a lot of work, and I don't know that happiness is worth the effort.
Do you know the six variables that predict happiness? According to this, they are: positive self-esteem, sense of perceived control, extroversion, optimism, positive social relationships and a sense of meaning and purpose to life. Or, to put it more succinctly, a remarkable talent for self-delusion.
Suck it, Barbara Ehrenreich: Science says that positive thinking can make you happier! "Despite the finding that happiness is partially genetically determined, and despite the finding that life situations have a smaller influence on our happiness than we think they do, we argue that still a large portion of happiness is in our power to change," says UC Riverside psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky. The article includes five activities in which you can engage to make yourself more chipper. (There is also, naturally, an iPhone app.) They are mostly on the order of thinking nice thoughts about yourself and others. Fair enough-some of these things very well may work-but I [...]