The How of Happiness

Sonja LyubomirskyIt’s a 2008 book by Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Her research—on the possibility of permanently increasing happiness—was honored with a Science of Generosity grant, a John Templeton Foundation grant, a Templeton Positive Psychology Prize, and a million-dollar grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. The How of Happiness has been translated into nineteen languages. If you missed it, it’s worth a look. It is “a comprehensive guide to understanding the elements of happiness based on years of groundbreaking scientific research. It is also a practical, empowering, and easy-to-follow workbook, incorporating happiness strategies, exercises in new ways of thinking, and quizzes for understanding our individuality, all in an effort to help us realize our innate potential for joy and ways to sustain it in our lives. Drawing upon years of pioneering research with thousands of men and women, The How of Happiness is both a powerful contribution to the field of positive psychology and a gift to people who have sought to take their happiness into their own hands.” Regarding the other books on the video below, the Flat Earth people have gone viral on Youtube (one of the reasons for this blog: to inspire literacy there. Read previous post for interview with the author of THE WAR ON SCIENCE.) One of the best science books to debunk this is THE BEGINNING OF INFINITY. Consider this: most of the Flat Earth believers (over 100,000 videos preaching it) are lucky to have a GED or high school diploma. Richard Feynman (clip seen in video) was a Physicist, a graduate of MIT and Princeton, and taught at Cornell and CIT. He was the recipient of the Albert Einstein Award, the Nobel Prize, the Oersted Medal, and the National Medal of Science. Question: who is MORE likely to arrive at an explanation for how science works: someone who doesn’t know how science works, or a genius who spent his entire life studying science? …Someone who believes we are at the end of science, or someone who believes we are nearer the beginning? Someone who looks backward to the Dark Ages, or someone who looks to the future? “We are not at the end of new knowledge,” said David Deutsch, a pioneer in quantum computing, in THE BEGINNING OF INFINITY. “The search for better explanations has infinite reach.” Past static societies wanted to have what we enjoy today, but they didn’t because they did not create new knowledge or use science as a tool. They were mired in dogma, and it never occurred to them to think differently. When, by accident or idea, they discovered new things, they progressed. But it was always an uphill push against the forces of ignorance. Einstein said that, “Nationalism is the measles of humanity,” and “ignorance and violence go hand in hand.” Which path will YOU choose? Despair, greed, and narcissism…or literacy, hope, and love? Be a BAWSE…and not just with makeup. 

Lilly Singh


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