A Happiness Formula can be deducted from Positive Psychology research, and assessed with questionnaires. Happiness = Pleasure + flow + meaningVANCOUVER, Canada, August 5, 2010 — Positive Psychology offers a key to the Happiness Formula. Martin Seligman, thanks to four decades of research in the field, found there are three main pillars for happiness. Pleasure is the most commonly experienced, and also the least lasting; for example, the pleasure derived from eating an ice-cream, with declining marginal benefit derived from each bite. Flow is about total absorption in a specific task, which can be as short as writing an important email or as long as working on a book. Meaning is the life with a purpose which, for its own definition, is not happening often and is the longer lasting. Another positive psychologist, Sonja Lyubomirsky, offers an equation where Happiness = Genetic Set Point + Life Circumstances + Intentional Activities.
Considering such questionnaires are self-calculated using their online version, here we just provide extremely simplified versions:
Happiness (Seligman) = Pleasure + flow + meaning
Simplified version = [(Hours spent doing pleasant activities) + (Hours spent in total immersion) + (Hours spent doing meaningful activities)] / Number of days considered
For simplicity, you can calculate this by adding the average amount of hours you spend in one day doing what brings you pleasure, what starts a flow and what really gives a meaning to your life. For example: 30 minutes spent eating + 120 minutes spent speaking on the phone with clients + 60 minutes spent volunteering. Or you can have a more detailed view, for example by keeping a diary for one month where you write the way you allocate your time daily, and then divide it by the number of days in that month.
Strenght psychology is reviewed in the free eBook Authentic Happiness Formula: How to assess our subjective well-being? How to live joyfully in the 21st century? is a free eBook, which helps to measure and improve happiness, offering an intuitive way to assess subjective well-being using Positive Psychology questionnaires. It also reviews benchmark of social happiness, like the Facebook Happiness Index, Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, and the Gross National Happiness introduced in Buthan.
http://www.amareway.org/ is a non-profit website devoted to living joyfully. AmAre is an Italian verb which stands for “To Love”. It also summarizes what AmAre bloggers experienced as a way to be happy: Aware (Being), Meditating, Active (Being), Respectful (Being), Eating (properly). AmAre also shows we are united in an interconnected universe: there is no (I) Am without (We) are. This is an accessible concept to understand, which has positive effects for a lifetime.
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