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Positive Psychology and the Art of True Happiness

Positive Psychology and the Art of True Happiness

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Why is it so hard to be truly happy? Read this and find out about true happiness.
Why is it so hard to be truly happy? Read this and find out about true happiness.

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POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND THE ART OF TRUE HAPPINESSor: “Why is it so d*** hard to be really happy?”byTheodoor Richard
We all want to be happy.We all deserve to be happy.But we are not happy.Why is this?This is because people do not know the meaning of true happiness.“So, tell me then, why is it so d*** hard to be really happy!”Starting some 250 years ago, the Industrial Revolution promised people endlesshappiness through consumption.To have was to be happy. As long as you could buy something, anything, as long as itwas the latest thing, this thing could make you happy.Shiny advertisements showed beautiful people with bright faces and big smiles, offeringthe latest desirables. Big industry interest played us on our greed and desires. Still does.It all seems so easy: as long as I have what I want, nothing can be wrong.However, the Industrial Revolution has come up empty handed: the big promise has not been met. Now people who have everything they could ever want, are still dissatisfied,overworked, stressed, heartbroken, discontent, depressed and fearful, in short: unhappy.
 
Science as a branching out from the Great Wish of Material Happiness, has also run outof steam. Science was embarked upon to discover and show us the truth about things, sothat we could control and have them, to serve our happiness. Well, science has broughtus a lot of knowledge and astounding technology, but has not brought us any closer tothe grandest of all things: true happiness.Isn't it so we all have the experience that we thought we bought “the latest thing”, just tolearn only one month later that our “latest thing” was being offered for dump prices because the next “latest thing” had just hit the market! Or that the prototype of the nextgeneration of our “latest thing” was left behind by some trainee in a bar?!What does this tell you? Doesn't this tell you that having “the latest thing” cannot or should not be deciding upon your happiness? Right? Right!It is a good thing that some scientists are now realizing all this. A good example is thefield of psychology. Traditional psychology as started from Freud, only studied andcared about unhappiness: why are you not happy? And then went about to analyze thesymptoms, thinking that in this way, the unhappiness would disappear by itself. It is nota surprise that this approach is failing. The success rate of traditional psychologicaltreatment is very low, not even making 30%. And this without even taking into accountthe high re-occurrence rate accompanying this low success rate, resulting in a high risk that the affliction will rise again later in the same or different form.This shows the general syndrome of science from which psychology also suffers:symptom-fighting. This syndrome is the main cause of failure rates of modern science.Only analyzing and fighting the symptoms can never uproot the source of the problemand will therefor always leave the body and mind open for further suffering.The question therefor is not: why am I unhappy? No, the question should be: what do I need to be truly happy?Positive psychology is the new field of psychology that justifiably studies the causes of happiness, not the symptoms of unhappiness. The term 'positive psychology' has beenintroduced by Maslow already in the early 20
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century, but was re-coined by theAmerican psychologist Martin Seligman who used it to turn around the point of view of many modern day psychologists. Under his lead, modern psychology tries to leave behind the science syndrome of symptom fighting and wants to see what makes peoplehappy to solve their (emotional) problems. This movement has shown a rise in successrate of treatments to over 60%.This is already a big improvement.But this can still not make the leap to true and lasting happiness.

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