“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”
What is happiness?
We all can take steps to increase life satisfaction. The better we become at having a positive perspective, the more often we will have “happy” chemicals (endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin) running through our brains. The more that happens, the easier it is to have it happen again because of neuroplasticity, our brain’s ability to form and re-organize synaptic connections.
Positive Psychology, the study of ‘the good life’, was developed to figure out how to be happy. It explores what makes us happy and life worth living, believing that we can learn to be happier just like we learn any other skill. As a result, our bookshelves are filled with “how to be happy” books, and it’s even taught in college. (Harvard University’s most popular course is Tal Ben-Shahar’s Positive Psychology, focusing on happiness, self-esteem, empathy, friendship, love, achievement, creativity, music, spirituality, and humor.) Norman Vincent Peale was right. There is power in positive thinking.