Positive Psychology In Sharon Wallis's The New Science Of Happiness

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Since the 1990s psychologists have changed their focus to what is called positive psychology, rather than focusing on mental disorders. In doing this, people are able to look more closely at how negative emotions are really affecting people. The mood of a person changes all the time. Their day could be going great, then one small event changes how they look at life and other people. The opposite is also true. A person can be having a bad day and something happens that instantly cheers them up. There are numerous theories on what actually makes people happy. In the article “The New Science of Happiness,” author Claudia Wallis states, “Our overall happiness is not merely the sum of our happy moments minus the sum of our angry or sad ones”(Wallis 3). The truth is that happiness is a complex emotion and is nearly impossible to measure by what happens in a person’s life. Many would think that the ideal situation for a human would be to be happy and cheerful all the time. Happy emotions are good and healthy in their own right, but it is also helpful for a person to have sad and gloomy emotions. Robert Biswas­Diener quotes in Sharon Begley’s essay “Happiness: Enough Already” that “If you’re totally satisfied with your life and with how things are going in the world, you…show more content…
Be wary when people tell you you should be happier”(qtd. in Begley 456). Most people believe that happiness is the most important emotion in a person’s life, but gloomy emotions are also good because they allow people to think harder about the world, pay

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