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Psychology of Happiness

Happiness or subjective well-being (SWB) can be of two types:

  1. Hedonia or hedonic well-being is the mental state of experiencing positive or pleasant emotions, ranging from contentment to pleasure, in the present moment.
  2. Eudaimonia or eudaimonic well-being is the feeling of life satisfaction and flourishing, the joy we get from having meaning and purpose in our lives, fulfilling our potential, and being a part of something bigger than ourselves.

Well-being is a state of having good physical and mental health. It includes having high life satisfaction, a sense of meaning or purpose in life, and the ability to cope with stress.

Positive Psychology is the science of optimal human functioning. It studies what makes life worth living. It aims to uncover how people can flourish and live happier lives. We consider Martin Seligman the Father of Modern Positive Psychology.

Some major topics of positive psychology are Character Strengths, Virtues, Empathy and Compassion, Self-Esteem, Flow, Gratitude, Hope and Optimism, Mindfulness, Relationships, and Resilience.

Positive psychology is not positive thinking and it does not promote toxic positivity. However, it includes self-compassion and self-love.


Narcissists, Sociopaths, & Psychopaths

Narcissistic personalities carry a grandiose self-image, crave praise, and lack emotional empathy. Of the two main types, covert narcissists have a high sensitivity to criticism, tend to avoid receiving feedback, experience high levels of internalized negative emotions, and show high levels of expected rumination.

Psychopaths lack empathy and remorse and often show manipulative behavior and a reckless disregard for the rights of others. They can be superficially charming, making them skilled at deception for personal gain or amusement.

Sociopaths typically display antisocial behavior, breaking rules and behaving impulsively, often without regard for the consequences. Unlike psychopaths, sociopaths can form attachments to certain people or groups, but they have no regard for societal norms and rules.

If you’re in a relationship with a narcissist, find out how to leave them, even if you have no money, and be free.


Philosophy of A Good Life

Stoicism is a school of philosophy that originated in Greece in the 3rd century BCE. It offered a system for living a virtuous life, embracing both positive and negative emotions, and being mindful of the present moment without fear of death.

The Stoic strategies to become happier in life remain as relevant today as they did then. Being a modern Stoic in these chaotic times does not require mastering new philosophical terms or meditating for hours on end.

You may practice Stoicism right where you are. It offers a quick and useful strategy to find inner peace and develop character strengths.


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