Positive psychology, the study of human strength and resiliency, is a welcome addition to the field of psychology which has traditionally focused on psychological disorders. One theory proposed by positive psychology researchers is that we are all born with a “happiness setpoint.” The good news is that this setpoint has a range, and we can take action to get ourselves to the top of the range.
Some of are just naturally serious or introspective, and at times, we may envy friends who are naturally bubbly. The link between reaching the top of your happiness setpoint and mindfulness is real, as mindfulness practices encourage more activation in areas of the brain associated with positive emotion. Mindfulness and other contemplative practice can help us experience more frequent feelings of well-being.
Take a look at this list of the happiest facts of all time. See if it doesn’t push you toward the top of your happiness setpoint. Savor your happy mood.
What helps you reach the top of your happiness set point? How does your mindfulness practice play a role? Keep us posted.
We wish you twenty minutes of mindfulness every day!
For more info on positive psychology, including assessments and questionnaires, go to the University of Pennsylvania’s Authentic Happiness site.