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” …scientists now believe happiness is a skill that can be learned, just like skiing or playing a musical instrument: With daily practice, you get ever better.” (from Willing Your Way to Happiness,” DenverPost online)
“For much of its history, psychology has seemed obsessed with human failings and pathology. The very idea of psychotherapy, first formalized by Freud, rests on a view of human beings as troubled creatures in need of repair….A watershed moment arrived in 1998, when University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin Seligman, in his presidential address to the American Psychological Association, urged psychology to “turn toward understanding and building the human strengths to complement our emphasis on healing damage…That speech launched today’s positive psychology movement…The University of Pennsylvania offers a master’s degree in the field… focusing on people’s strengths and virtues as a point of departure…Their lab experiments … define not the conditions that induce depraved behavior, but those that foster generosity, courage, creativity, and laughter.” – from The Science of Happiness: Psychology Explores Humans at Their Best by Craig Lambert in a Harvard Magazine online article: http://harvardmagazine.com/2007/01/the-science-of-happiness.html
“I became interested in the Science of Happiness as a result of banging together three ideas that, for me at least, were fairly compelling news. These ideas are:
1) Researchers using MRI have been able to isolate the portions of the brain that are related to happiness and watch them in operation, in real time.
2) We’ve learned that the brain is plastic. Throughout our lives, we can make actual physical changes to the brain’s structure depending on how we use it or what we ask our brains to focus on.
3) The new Science of Happiness (based on Positive Psychology) is developing some science-based tools and methods to enable us to train our brains to help create more happiness in our lives.”
– Michael Greer in “The Science of Happiness: Part 1, A Little Theory” from The Best Free Training blog.
OK. So we know that you can train yourself to be happier. But what are some practical ways you can apply this stuff to a project team?
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