Don’t aim for happiness, aim for happiness-es (from my latest eNewsletter)

Don’t aim for happiness, aim for happiness-es (from my latest eNewsletter)

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… is about understanding and aiming to create not just happiness, but all the many and varied, wondrous versions of happiness.

Let me explain a bit more…

The science of Positive Psychology is not really just interested in happiness; at least not in the way most people think about happiness. It is, instead, interested in positive emotions (among other things) of which happiness is just one, and accepts that these are just one part of living a positive life (more on the other parts at some other time).

Positive psychology is interested in and encourages people to seek ALL the positive emotions (as well as seeking positive meaning and positive connections and more).

Happiness is one type of positive emotion but so too are joy and excitement, awe and wonder, satisfaction and contentment and calm and … well, the list goes on.

The reason this is important to understand is that different people will tend to prefer different types of positive emotion AND because different types of positive emotion will be more or less appropriate in different contexts and at different times.

And so, if you only focus on happiness, you may well be depriving yourself of many other forms of pleasurable emotions!

The point is, by broadening our emotional vocabularies, including our definitions of happiness, we can broaden and increase the range of possible experiences and opportunities for enjoying life and for living our best lives; which sounds pretty good to me!

What do you think? Feel free to send me a message with your thoughts or questions about embracing a life of failure and mistakes!