Positive Psychology and Happiness 101

There is a distinction between feeling good, which according to positive psychologists only creates a hunger for more pleasure, and doing good, which can lead to lasting happiness.

Positive psychology brings the same attention to positive emotions (happiness, pleasure, well-being) that clinical psychology has always paid to the negative ones (depression, anger, resentment). Psychoanalysis once promised to turn acute human misery into ordinary suffering; positive psychology promises to take mild human pleasure and turn it into a profound state of well-being.

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