Thursday, October 22, 2009

Positive Psychology

Martin Seligman goes beyond the disease model in psychology and how to improve human lives, by examining the positive mental states.

Summarizing types of "happy lives": The pleasant life (full of pleasure) is inheritable and not very malleable. The engaged life (or good life) is full of flow, even if there isn't much emotion involved. The meaningful life is to work towards or for something larger than yourself.

The full life has all three, though the pleasant life gives the least amount of fulfillment of the three.

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