“When life is good, and when the environment is safe and familiar, we tend not to think long and hard about anything too challenging— which helps explain why highly positive people can be less creative than those with a more moderate level of positive emotion” (David 124). The emotions deemed as negative can make a person more aware and attentive to a situation. These emotions allow for a thoughtout response or reaction. It is less likely for an individual to make a rash decision, and to rather think out the consequences and take into account the details. When life is good and all is well, a person would rather accept a positive answer or situation than question it, to avoid ruining the state of happiness.
Furthermore, they are more likely to feel they did well in activities participated in. One is less likely to remember the bad things they did following the activity if they are in a positive mood. This is an example of the halo effect. People are less likely to notice the bad, or the small details, in anything when they are constantly happy or in a good mood. However, while these are nice, positive things to do with being happy, there are negatives to being too happy.
Introduction The pages in the book were about if positive psychology makes us happy. I think that having psychology knowledge of how to make people happy really helps. I think that people can be happy without psychology knowledge but knowing the brain and what makes people happy can make you even happier. You can have happiness as an individual, but I think the happiest people can be is with another person. Stephen M. Schueller and Acacia C. Parks think that people that are less happy that are by people that are naturally happy can be imitated by the people that are less happy.
It helps push people to succeed, make better decisions, reduce risk of disease, enable one to live a longer life, and many more; who wouldn’t want that? However, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. “People with high happiness levels sometimes exhibit behavior that is actually more rigid” (David 124) When a person is happy, it affects the individual’s brain and the way it processes information. Things that would usually seem harmful or frightening are overlooked and things that are usually, what some would call, “not a good idea” seem totally fine. When people succumb to a positivity overload, they tend to be less creative, jump to conclusion, and miss important details that would be remembered on an average day.
Within a person 's consciousness, there should be a balance of both negative and positive emotions. Without these emotions, life would be meaningless. Negative feelings bring out a new light in people that they would not get from happiness. Constantly being in a happy state can make a person somewhat hollow. Negative emotions are important to daily life because they improve analytical skills and without negative emotions, happiness would not have a meaning.
There is nothing wrong with doing things for yourself that will make you happy. Happiness is the most important part of life. Also looking out for your own good will be better in the long run and will end up benefiting yourself and others. If you don’t seek what is good for yourself than happiness will be unattainable and if you are unhappy than you cannot make others happy, which will lead to people around you to suffer. Also your friends should be happy that you are doing things to look out for your own good because friends want the best for each other and doing things to make yourself happy is what is best for yourself.
Feeling jealous is a very natural emotion and can actually be helpful at times, by promoting healthy competition and boosting productivity. But when it exceeds its permissible limits, it has the potential to play havoc in our lives. Jealousy is a very complex emotion and may not always be triggered for obvious reasons. Its causes are more closely related to the way we are brought up and how successful we are in life than anything else. A person who has complete faith in his/her abilities and strengths is less likely to experience this emotion as is the one who has been raised believing that he/she is very special and gifted.
Happiness is one of the most important emotions in life. If there was no happiness in the world then, there would be major cases of depression. However, sometimes a person can be too happy; therefore that person becomes oblivious to the world around them. That person can start to perform irrational or dangerous actions that can even put their life at risk. That is when one realizes that happiness is not the only emotion that should be felt.
While the effects smoking has on a person's health is caused directly by the action, with happiness the issue arises, “When we're overly cheerful, we tend to neglect important threats and dangers. It's not too big a stretch to suggest that being excessively happy could kill you. You might engage in riskier behaviors. . .” (David 124).
The most “sought after” emotion in life is happiness, and yet it is the most difficult for scientists to explain. Happiness is often interpreted to be positive, but there are numerous downsides to this cheerful emotion. Due to the expectations that often accompany it, one’s happiness tends to cause feelings of betrayal and depression. Researchers conclude that those who are constantly happy, or strive to be, are the same people that often dread attending family events. For instance, “Don’t Worry, Be Gloomy” by Susan David states “Striving for happiness establishes an expectation and confirms the saying that expectations are resentments waiting to happen.