if you've ever taken intro psych [and i recommend it! so interesting!], you've probably heard of martin seligman, who is considered the founder of positive psychology. however, it wasn't until a couple of years ago that thinking, writing, and talking about happiness became totally mainstream, earning ms. rubin's famous book a coveted #1 spot on the NYT bestseller list for weeks!
i absolutely loved her book and would recommend it to anyone. i found it inspiring, and it's just a fun read. i would say, though, that it is more of a personal journey/memoir than an analytical exploration of what really brings people happiness on a broader level.
cue martin seligman again! i think that scientifically studying what makes people happy is just an amazing, awesome concept. if i could, i would go back for my masters degree in happiness -- seriously [and maybe someday i will, if i can drum up an extra $45,000 and a sabbatical year to commit to study. who wouldn't want to take their diabetic child to the pediatric endocrinology + happiness clinic?].
flipping through the latest issue of whole living on my way to colorado, i was intrigued by the spread on seligman discussing his new book [flourish].
apparently, after years of further study he has revamped his OWN happiness theory, adding on relationships and accomplishment and creating distinctions between "one-dimensional" happiness and true well-being.
so: according to dr. seligman, the formula for well-being can be found in this acronym:
Positive emotion [optimism + energy]i am definitely interested enough from this article that i plan on reading more!
Engagement [doing activities that lead to flow]
Relationships [fulfilling social life]
Meaning [belief that you are serving a truly important purpose in the world]
Accomplishment [doing "something noteable", or just setting + achieving personal goals]
what do you think of PERMA? anything you would add or take out? and if you've read his book, what did you think?
my little impulse purchase [mine is navy] came in the mail yesterday! admittedly, bathing suit shopping can be scary, especially for those of us who are a little bit . . . curvier, let's say . . . than we were last summer. i was slightly anxious as i tried it on.
honestly, if it weren't for the fact that there are people at work who may read this [and i always keep in mind that patients/parents of patients might search for my name and find this blog!], i'd post a picture. that is how good i felt in this bathing suit! now i just need to book that beach weekend so that i can put it to good use . . .
workout: 32 minute run on my usual CH route [which i will miss dearly once we move!]. it was a cool 51 degrees out! i am savoring these last springy mornings because i know pretty soon it will be hot and steamy pretty much 24/7.