The Science Of Self Help : Psychology : Research Into Increased Individual Happiness

1034 Words Nov 19th, 2016 5 Pages
Happiness is something that greatly improves the quality of life in each individual. Are we truly able to control our level of happiness? If we are, then this would mean that we can control our quality of life as well. Some psychologists argue that individuals are able to control up to 40% of their happiness, while others reject this idea due to lack of evidence and other controlling factors.
In Schueller and Parks’ article, “The science of Self-Help: Translating Positive Psychology: Research into Increased Individual Happiness” (2014), the psychologists argue that happiness is a factor that can be controlled. In the article, the concept of happiness is divided into two components, “cognitive appraisal that one’s life is good, and reports of frequently experiencing positive emotions and infrequently experiencing negative emotions”. These psychologists envision a world-wide spread of happiness, “positive subjective appraisals and feelings”, by utilizing self-help programs and identifying and increasing positive psychological interventions (PPI). Behaviors that are related to happiness are classified as PPIs if they “successfully increase positive feelings, behaviors, and/or cognitions”. These PPIs decrease depression symptoms and moderately increase well-being and “happiness”. The five types of PPIs are “savoring experiences and sensations, cultivating (and sometimes expressing) gratitude, engaging in kind acts, promoting positive relationship processes, and pursuing…

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