Too Much Happiness

Too Much Happiness

Is there such a thing as TOO MUCH Happiness and is it a Good Thing? Does being too happy hurt growth of other emotions?

Too Much Happiness

Is there such a thing as TOO MUCH Happiness and is it a Good THING?

Internet searches for positive emotions and behaviors are increasing. It is not sure why, even to the people at Google Trend, but what they do know is people are searching for what's good in humanity.

There is rising interest by people to read information on emotions and behaviors like love, empathy, and gratitude.

Let’s start with the King and Queen of positive emotions,

Happiness and Gratitude.

In recent years, we’ve seen an explosion of scientific research revealing precisely how positive feelings like happiness are good for us. We know that they motivate us to pursue important goals and overcome obstacles, protect us from some effects of stress, connect us closely with other people, and even stave off physical and mental ailments.

  • But is happiness always good?
  • Can feeling too good ever be bad?

Researchers are starting to seriously explore these questions, with good reason: By recognizing the potential pitfalls of happiness, we enable ourselves to understand it more deeply and we learn to better promote healthier and more balanced lives.

A study at Berkeley, where I myself studied The Science of Happiness; shows these reasons why happiness may not be so good in large doses.

Here is a great article called Four Ways Happiness Can Hurt You written at Greater Good

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My Grandson full of Goodness

The market demand for human goodness is growing. More and more people are actively trying to figure out how to be happier and more connected to other human beings. Research indicates that being happier is being appreciative of more, practicing GRATITUDE.

Robert Emmons, one of the world’s leading scientific experts on gratitude; suggests there are two key components to Gratitude.

One is an affirmation of goodness. The second part of gratitude, he explains is that goodness exists outside of ourselves. “We acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.”

Robert Emmons explains how gratitude has the ability to heal, energize, and change our lives.

Robert Emmons

Why Practice Gratitude

• Gratitude brings us happiness. Through research by Robert Emmons, happiness expert Sonja Lyubomirsky, and many other scientists, say practicing gratitude has proven to be one of the most reliable methods for increasing happiness and life satisfaction; it also boosts feelings of optimism, joy, pleasure, enthusiasm, and other positive emotions.

• On the flip side, gratitude also reduces anxiety an depression.

• Gratitude is good for our bodies. Studies by Emmons and his colleague Michael McCullough suggest gratitude strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces symptoms of illness, and makes us less bothered by aches and pains. It also encourages us to exercise more and take better care of our health.

In this video Emmons discusses more benefits of Gratitude

Robert Emmons on the Benefits of Gratitude

By practicing Gratitude it makes you feel more joy and when you feel more joy you feel more happiness.

I get happier when I listen to  TED TALKS and here is a final video of a Ted talk by Jane Ransom on - Discover the Three Keys of Gratitude to Unlock Your Happiest Life!

Jane Ransom helps people build great relationships—with themselves, their partners and the rest of the world. As a coach and speaker, she draws on the latest brain science, while using true stories to teach and to inspire.

You can google happiness, or gratitude and many other positive emotions and find wonderful websites, videos and blogs full of insights.

You can also come back and visit the Happiness Dialogue where on my journey of a little more happy every day and living a life of gratitude, I will research, write, and share what I find right here for you to enjoy. I hope it gives you more happiness and joy and for that I Am Grateful.

Lee Pryke, MPsy, ESCP