Dr. Martin Seligman is considered the father of what’s known as the positive psychology movement. He was once elected president of the American Psychological Association by the largest vote in that organization’s history, which must have made this self-described “natural born pessimist” feel almost happy. He’s also the author of a book that I often recommend to heart patients called Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. This gem, originally published 20 years ago, is still a valuable tool for learning cognitive skills that decades of research have shown may actually enhance our sense of wellbeing.
Dr. Seligman lists some basic identifiable types of the elusive state we call happiness:
‘Happiness’ is a scientifically unwieldy notion, but there are three different forms of it you can pursue: Continue reading