Notes from Lecture 9 - What Makes People Happy?
Notes from Lecture 9 - What Makes People Happy? Psych 115S
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Emme Notetaker on Tuesday August 4, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to Psych 115S at Stanford University taught by Yun Zhang, Natalie Colich in Spring 2015. Since its upload, it has received 244 views. For similar materials see Personality Psychology in Psychlogy at Stanford University.
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What Makes Peole ppy Track Your Happiness app gt all Sdata correlation does not mean causation Live Happy app thinking about and focusing on the things that make you happy how do we measure happiness presence of positive affect affective component frequency of enthusiastic interested and joyous feelings smiling laughing etc absence of negative affect affective component frequency of anxious hostile and nervous feelings satisfaction with life cognitive aspect what are the benefits of being happy positive emotions widen mindsets that allow exploration broaden positive emotions provide opportunities to learn and grow build happy individuals are more successful in work social relationships health has been studied with various research methods crosssectional gt even though there s a relationship between variables it is difficult to determine which came first longitudinal gt even though one technically comes before the other it is still difficult to determine the direct relationship between variables experimental gt changing the lighting involving a confederate actor to compliment or praise the individual Dunedin study positivecommunal emotions gt gaining positive emotions from being with others positiveagency gt gaining positive emotions from yourself the type of positivity also matters Cohen study those with higher positive emotions showed lower objective and subjective cold symptoms School Sisters of Notre Dame studv levels of happiness at a younger age could predict likelihood of mortality are some pepple happier than others people tend to maintain a more or less constant level of happiness throughout their life differences in happiness could be due to things like genetics gt long term wellbeing is 4080 heritable found in twin studies raised apart or together social and financial resources gt once above the poverty line the scale tips and makes the country generally more happy increase in income does not necessarily mean increased happiness mindsets gt happy people tend to be more positive can we predict what will make us happv synthetic happiness gt you may turn out just as happy getting something than you would have been if you did notget that same thing we are notgood at affective forecasting the things we get and achieve will not necessarily make us happier is it bad to want happiness vauing happiness to an extreme degree can actually inhibit increasing happiness what are the limitations of happiness research it s based on feeling good gratitude awe compassion and love also affect our happiness gt all lumped into one there could be multiple ways to assess wellbeing eudemonic vs hedonic it s based on self report S data it s based on American measures high arousal positive states gt more excited emotions low arousal positive states gt more calm emotions