The Pursuit Of Happiness Is The Universal Search For A Life

841 Words Dec 1st, 2016 4 Pages
The pursuit of happiness is the universal search for a life an individual can feel content and satisfied with. However, as stated in class, happiness is a fleeting emotion rather than a prolonged state. Once an individual achieves a sense of happiness it is only a matter of time before they return to the starting point of their quest. Therefore, happiness alone is not enough to elicit a good life. On a similar note, in 2004, Professor Martin Seligman gave a TED talk that addressed the current direction of psychology. He believed the extent of psychology had become the ability to “make miserable people feel less miserable” rather than “[making] relatively untroubled people happier.” As a result, he and his colleagues developed positive psychology, a branch of psychology that promotes the components of happiness, well-being, and fulfillment to achieve a satisfactory life. The purpose of this project is to learn about your well-being and discover ways to increase the quality of your life through positive psychology.
For the first section of this project, I performed a self-assessment of my well-being using Seligman’s five pillars of positive psychology: Positive emotion, engagement, meaning, relationships, and accomplishment (Grison, Heatherton, & Gazzaniga, 2015). I identified the characteristics of each pillar and compared them to similar criteria in my life. This process provided me with an in-depth understanding of my life in relation to the model. Following the…
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