A Model of Happiness

Written by Kevin Eikenberry


Everyone I've ever met considers happiness to be desirable. There is a whole wing of psychology called "positive psychology" studying things like happiness. One ofrepparttar luminaries of this field is Dr. Martin Seligman, who wrote both Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness. His group publishes a newsletter called Authentic Happiness Coaching Newsletter.

The most recent issue of this newsletter discusses a Model of Happiness developed by Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky and others. This model describes our happiness as coming from three components.

Our Set Point (50%). This is our natural happiness state. We all know people who seem to always be happy, and others who seldom laugh or seem joyful.

Circumstances (10%) Our life circumstances also influence our happiness. Things like winningrepparttar 146916 lottery or spraining our ankle both influence our happiness, but typically over a short time period. Humans are very adaptable and so major boosts or dips in our happiness are generally short lived.

Intentional Activity (40%). For this description, let me quote fromrepparttar 146917 newsletter. "The term intentional activities refers to those thoughts and behaviors that require effort. This effort may be apparent only to us (for example, making a list of goals forrepparttar 146918 week) or it may be visible to others (for example, doing a favor for a friend). They suggest that intentional activities arerepparttar 146919 key to making lasting changes in happiness because such activities are more resistant to adaptation (the process by which we get used to something and become unaffected by it). We can deliberately engage in activities that make us happy while varying them enough to ward off adaptation."

Dream Bigger!

Written by Kevin Eikenberry


A number of years ago we created a graphic logo based onrepparttar phrase Dream Bigger! We produced buttons and t-shirts. Iíve signed letters and emails with this phrase. It is more than a short inspirational phrase. It embodies a truth for all of us as individuals and carries extra importance for us as a leader.

Dream Bigger!

In order for an individual to reach their potential, they must have some sense, vision or dream of where they want to go. And most all of us fall far short of creating dreams that are impossible. More likely isrepparttar 146915 person setting their sights too low.

As a leader we can help people see their potential. We can help them believe in their dreams. And we can provide support, resources, encouragement and wise counsel to help them expand on those dreams as they see success. We can truly help them . . .

Dream Bigger!

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