“How many times have you thought: I just want to be happy?

Since the time of Aristotle humans have been trying to find the key to happiness, and how we can be happier. More than 35,000 books have been published on the topic, and it’s been the subject of numerous TV shows, movies and motivational seminars.

Now the pursuit of happiness has become the subject of serious scientific study, and the results show there are some simple things we can all do to make ourselves even happier.” <about>

Positive psychology is a recent branch of psychology that “studies the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive.” Positive psychologists seek “to find and nurture genius and talent,” and “to make normal life more fulfilling,”not to cure mental illness. Martin Seligman is considered to be “the father of positive psychology.”

Several humanistic psychologists—such as Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, and Erich Fromm—developed successful theories and practices that involved human happiness, despite a lack of solid empirical evidence at the time behind their work, and especially that of their successors, who chose to emphasize phenomenology and individual case histories. Recently the theories of human flourishing developed by these humanistic psychologists have found empirical support from studies by humanistic and positive psychologists, especially in the area of self-determination theory.” <wiki>

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