A Huff Post article entitled “The Habits of Supremely Happy People” has been making the rounds on facebook and blogs recently. It’s based on a TED talk by Dr. Martin Seligman, “the father of positive psychology,” that outlines three types of happiness and explores what habits happy people have.
I’m fascinated by the concept of three different types of happiness. According to Dr. Seligman, you can fill your life with pleasures; engage with life through work, relationships, etc.; or find meaning by using your skills to contribute to something bigger than yourself. But the part that interests me the most is Dr. Seligman’s finding that the pursuit of pleasure alone doesn’t make you happy. It’s the combo of engagement and meaning that creates happy people, and pleasures are just an added bonus.
So I’ve decided that I’m going to devote a week to each habit as outlined in the article to see what happens in my life. I’ll post updates regularly on my journey to Supreme Happiness, so be sure to follow me on my blog and on twitter so you don’t miss a thing!
First Habit: Surround myself with other happy people.