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Dan gilbert exploring the frontiers of happiness
Dan Gilbert: Exploring the frontiers of happiness

  • Video: Dan Gilbert

  • Website:

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Dan Gilbert: Exploring the frontiers of happiness

  • Key Terms

    • Prefrontal cortex

    • Impact bias

    • Psychological immune system

    • Synthetic vs. Natural happiness

Positive psychology happiness
Positive Psychology & Happiness

  • Discussion by Martin Seligman

    • Authentic Happiness

Seligman sources of happiness
Seligman: Sources of Happiness

  • Pleasant Life

    • Mindfulness

    • Savoring

  • Good Life

    • Flow in Work, Play, and Love

  • Meaningful Life

    • Purpose

    • Service

How does it feel to be in the flow
How does it feel to be in "the flow"?

  • Completely involved, focused, concentrating - with this either due to innate curiosity or as the result of training

  • Sense of ecstasy - of being outside everyday reality

  • Great inner clarity - knowing what needs to be done and how well it is going

  • Knowing the activity is doable - that the skills are adequate, and neither anxious or bored

  • Sense of serenity - no worries about self, feeling of growing beyond the boundaries of ego - afterwards feeling of transcending ego in ways not thought possible

  • Timeliness - thoroughly focused on present, don't notice time passing

  • Intrinsic motivation - whatever produces "flow" becomes its own reward

Additional information on flow
Additional Information on Flow

  • MihalyCsikszentmihalyi: Creativity, fulfillment and flow


  • "Flow" & MihalyCsikszentmihalyi


The pursuit of happiness myers
The Pursuit of Happiness - Myers

  • 7 Enablers of Happiness

    • Supportive friendships that enable companionship & confiding

    • A socially intimate, sexually warm, equitable marriage

    • A faith that entails communal support, purpose acceptance, outward focus, and hope

    • Challenging work and active leisure, punctuated by adequate rest and retreat

    • Positive self-esteem, feelings of control, optimism, outgoingness

    • Realistic goals and expectations

    • A fit and healthy body

Dr victor frankl
Dr. Victor Frankl

  • “I broke my neck but it did not break me.” Frankle

  • "He who has a why for life can put with any how."Neitzsche

  • 3 year Concentration Camp Survivor

  • Wrote LogoTherapy

  • “When we are no longer able to change a situation; we are challenged to change ourselves.” Frankle

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Dr. Victor Frankl

  • "Again and again I therefore admonish my students in Europe and America: Don't aim at success - the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run - in the long-run, I say! - success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it."