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The Happiness Blog is ranked among the Top 25 of the 100 Best Psychology Blogs in the world.

Established in 2014, The Happiness Blog by Dr. Sandip Roy is a resource site on the psychology of happiness and mental well-being, narcissism and psychopathy, and Stoic philosophy.

We help people get happier.

We believe everyone can be happier because the happiness formula suggests our 40% of happiness depends on intentional actions and just 10% on circumstances.

Our big goal: Help you find, do, and share more of what makes you happy without harming others. We also help you find healthy ways to cope with difficult personalities and mental health issues.

The Happiness Blog is also ranked among the top 20 of the 90 Best Happiness Blogs and Websites in the world. We’ve been featured on:

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

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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, Positive Relationships, and Resilience.

Positive psychology does not promote toxic positivity. However, it includes a positive mindset, self-love, self-compassion, optimism and hope.

Narcissists, Sociopaths, & Psychopaths

  • Grandiose narcissists, are highly self-centered, have a highly inflated self-image, feel entitled to special treatment, crave constant praise, and lack empathy.
  • Covert narcissists, the not-so-obvious ones, have a high sensitivity to criticism, avoid receiving feedback, have high levels of internalized negative emotions, and overthink a lot.
  • Psychopaths lack empathy and remorse, often plan their cruel acts, and bear a reckless disregard for the rights of others. They can charmingly deceive others for personal gain or amusement.
  • Sociopaths typically display antisocial behavior, break rules, and behave impulsively. They can form attachments with certain people or groups, but they have no regard for social norms and rules.

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If you’re in a relationship with a narcissist who won’t change or seek therapy, experts suggest you should leave them, even if you have no money.

Philosophy of A Good Life

Stoicism is a school of philosophy that originated in Greece in the 3rd century BCE. People came to it in hordes because it offered a way to live a virtuous life that could be followed by both the commoners and the royals.

It taught people how to embrace both positive and negative emotions without overindulging in either, practice moral goodness even when no one’s watching, and mindfully carry out one’s duties without fearing death (Memento Mori).

The Stoic strategies to become happier in life remain as relevant today as they did then.

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Being a modern Stoic in these chaotic times does not require mastering new philosophical terms or meditating for hours on end. You can 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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