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Why Should I Be Happy?

Regular readers know that I have taken a Positive Psychology course recently offered by Northwestern Memorial Hospital. I wanted to share some of the final class with you.

The following is excerpted from an abstract (say that five times fast) from a research report published in Psychological Science on how positive emotions trigger upward spirals toward emotional well-being. The authors are Barbara L. Frederickson and Thomas Joiner.

It feels good to be happy. But is that the only reason we should try to be happy? The authors say that besides the immediate experience of happiness, positive emotions raise the likelihood that one will feel good in the future. That positive emotions trigger upward spirals of enhanced emotional well-being.

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