Happiness as a Skill That Can be Taught? Let’s Discuss!
Are you familiar with the field of positive psychology? After watching Happy last summer, reading this today and thinking about Stefan Sagmeister’s talk last month at Alt, I feel as though I’m being conked on the head with the idea of happiness. So I posed the question I’m about to ask you on facebook and my friends jumped on it lighting quick. Love those guys!
So let’s discuss: Do you think happiness is a skill that can be taught?
ps. Here’s what my friends had to say…
-Everything is learned. If you’re glum all the time, your children learn to be glum all the time. The thing that is damaging for kids is to not learn happiness—it makes it more difficult to work it out in the future.
-My feeling is that the cultivation of happiness can be developed/learned. A natural bent towards seeing the happy side of things?? A tough discipline if you’re not born that way.
-Was just reading this
-I do think it’s a decision. A part of life for all of us is dealing with struggles. They come to each of us in different forms and wearing different masks, but they seem to be present in all of our lives. So… I think I’ve found that happiness is a choice. I look at Micheal J Fox, for example, and see how profoundly optimistic he is even though he lives and struggles daily with Parkinson’s disease. He inspires me. People like that and I study them and ask how do they arrive in that place? I think it’s a choice. And, we have to “practice” happy and not be afraid to show love because in love is happiness.
-Totally agree. Happiness is a habit and a state of mind.
-absolutely! i know that for myself the big challenge was feeling comfortable in a space that is happy and not chaotic/unhappy/etc