Learn how being nice and doing good things can raise your own happiness. Kindness and gratitude are two very beneficial character traits that can be trained like everything else and by being kind and grateful you create win – win situations.
You make people around you more happy while increasing your own happiness.
Essential Knowledge in this Lesson:
Emmons, R. A., & McCullough, M. E. (2003). Counting blessings versus burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84(2), 377-389
Seligman, Martin E. P.; Steen, Tracy A.; Park, Nansook; Peterson, Christopher (2005). Positive Psychology Progress: Empirical Validation of Interventions. American Psychologist, Vol 60(5), Jul-Aug 2005, 410-421.
LYUBOMIRSKY Sonja (1) ; SHELDON Kennon M. (2) ; SCHKADE David (2005) Pursuing happiness : The architecture of sustainable change. Review of general psychology, 2005, vol. 9, no 2 (95 p.)
Lyubomirsky, S., King, L. A., & Diener, E. (2005). The benefits of frequent positive affect: Does happiness lead to success? Psychological Bulletin, 131, 803-855
Watkins, Philip C.; Woodward, Kathrane; Stone, Tamara; Kolts, Russell L. (2003). GRATITUDE AND HAPPINESS: DEVELOPMENT OF A MEASURE OF GRATITUDE, AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH SUBJECTIVE WELL-BEING. Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal, Volume 31, Number 5, 2003 , pp. 431-451(21)
Lyubomirsky, S. (2007). The how of happiness. New York: The Penguin Press.
Optimism is associated with mood, coping and immune change in response to stress. Segerstrom, Suzanne C.; Taylor, Shelley E.; Kemeny, Margaret E.; Fahey, John L., Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 74(6), Jun 1998, 1646-1655.
Stephen G. Post , 2005, Altruism, happiness, and health: it’s good to be good, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Volume 12, Number 2, 66-77, DOI: 10.1207/s15327558ijbm1202_4