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The Happiness Hypothesis By Jonathan Haidt

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Kashdan, T. (2004). The assessment of subjective well–being (issues raised by the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire). , (5), 1225–1232. doi:10.1016/S0191–8869(03)00213–7. This commentary raises conceptual issues related to recent efforts to develop measures of subjective wellbeing (SWB). Specifically, Hills' and Argyle's (2002) article on the development of the 29–item Oxford Happiness Questionnaire (OHQ), and its predecessor, the 20–item Oxford Happiness Inventory (Argyle, Martin & Crossland, 1989). Instead of assessing the structure of subjective well–being (SWB), items of the OHQ tap into self–esteem, sense of purpose, social interest and kindness, sense of humor, and aesthetic appreciation. The item content of the OHQ fails to differentiate the assessment of SWB from the predictors, correlates, and consequences of SWB. In contrast to published SWB findings with other measures, data are presented suggesting that the OHQ has artificially inflated correlations with those constructs tapped by the OHQ: self–esteem, sense of purpose, and social interest/extraversion. The operationalization of SWB by the OHQ is not based on relevant definition and theory and appears to invite nonrandom error into the study of SWB. The article concludes with an appeal for the use of more stringent conceptual and analytic approaches.

The Happiness Hypothesis – Experience Life

King, L. A., & Hicks, J. A. (2007). Whatever happened to "What might have been"? Regrets, happiness, and maturity. , (7), 625–36. doi:10.1037/0003–066X.62.7.625. Although lost opportunities and mistaken expectations are unpleasant to think and talk about, these experiences may have a role to play in personality development. Drawing on research using narratives of lost possible selves, the authors review the relations of regrettable experiences to 2 important and independent aspects of maturity, happiness and complexity. Thinking about a lost possible self is related to concurrent regrets, distress, and lowered well–being; however, elaborating on a lost possible self is related, concurrently, to complexity and predicts complexity, prospectively, over time. In this article, the authors describe the role that regrettable experiences have in promoting both happiness and complexity. Finally, expanding on previous work, the authors examine potential affordances of happy maturity and suggest psychological capacities that may promote happy maturity.

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The Happiness Hypothesis, by Jonathan Haidt

I think it’s a valid assumption that readers of this newsletter are looking to expand their knowledge of positive psychology in ways that will benefit their clients (or students, colleagues, family, employees, etc.) as well as themselves. With that in mind, I want to recommend to you Jon Haidt’s new book, The Happiness Hypothesis. If you’re wondering just when you would have time in your schedule to read it, and whether it would be worth your attention, just consider the dual subtitles: "Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom" and "Why the Meaningful Life is Closer Than You Think." If the content fulfills the promise of the cover (and for me, it does), you will want to make the time.

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The content of Jon's book is based on 10 Great Ideas gleaned from classical thought but examined through a contemporary lens, one which takes into account the latest scientific research in biology, psychology, sociology and other related fields. In examining ancient writings from India, China, and the Mediterranean cultures -- as well as more recent works from the past 500 years—he found that many works of wisdom are congruent with the precepts of positive psychology. Where the tenets of these sources diverge, the departures are often as instructive as the parallels. Both sources seek to promote happiness and meaning in life. Jon skillfully sifts the old and new to determine which advice works best today, and his contemporary lens of scientific research provides compelling explanations for why it works.

Book Review: The Happiness Hypothesis - Greater Good

Seligman introduced positive psychology as "a movement" during his term as president of the APA in 1998. He and Csikszentmihalyi followed up in 2000 with a paper introducing a special issue of the , devoted to positive psychology. In this seminal article, the authors presented positive psychology as a corrective to what they described as the dominant approach of modern psychology: the disease model of human functioning. The authors described three levels of analysis including the subjective (about valued subjective experiences like well–being, contentment, hope, optimism, flow and happiness); the individual level (positive psychological traits like the capacity for love, vocation, courage, perseverance, forgiveness, spirituality, high talent and wisdom) and the group level (civic virtues and institutions that facilitate citizenship, responsibility, nurturance, altruism, civility, moderation, tolerance and work ethic). The authors were hostile to the earlier efforts of humanistic psychology and called for the use of rigorous scientific standards in examining the psychology of positive human functioning (although, much of Seligman's recent research has been done using questionnaires distributed and answered through the Internet).