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Translating Happiness | The MIT Press
"Western psychology is rooted in the philosophies and epistemologies of Western culture. But what of concepts and insights from outside this frame of reference? Certain terms not easily translatable into English—for example, nirvāṇa (from Sanskrit), or agápē (from Classical Greek), or turangawaewae (from Māori)—are rich with meaning but largely unavailable to English-speaking students and seekers of wellbeing. In this book, Tim Lomas argues that engaging with “untranslatable” terms related to well-being can enrich not only our understanding but also our experience. We can use these words, Lomas suggests, to understand and express feelings and experiences that were previously inexpressible. Lomas examines 400 words from 80 languages, arranges them thematically, and develops a theoretical framework that highlights the varied dimensions of well-being and traces the connections between them. He identifies three basic dimensions of well-being—feelings, relationships, and personal development—and then explores each in turn through untranslatable words. Ânanda, for example, usually translated as bliss, can have spiritual associations in Buddhist and Hindu contexts; kefi in Greek expresses an intense emotional state—often made more intense by alcohol. The Japanese concept of koi no yokan means a premonition or presentiment of love, capturing the elusive and vertiginous feeling of being about to fall for someone, imbued with melancholy and uncertainty; the Yiddish term mensch has been borrowed from its Judaic and religious connotations to describe an all-around good human being; and Finnish offers sisu—inner determination in the face of adversity."
book  publisher  happiness  language 
february 2018 by tsuomela
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"Research suggesting that political conservatives are happier than political liberals has relied exclusively on self-report measures of subjective well-being. We show that this finding is fully mediated by conservatives’ self-enhancing style of self-report (study 1; N = 1433) and then describe three studies drawing from “big data” sources to assess liberal-conservative differences in happiness-related behavior (studies 2 to 4; N = 4936). Relative to conservatives, liberals more frequently used positive emotional language in their speech and smiled more intensely and genuinely in photographs. Our results were consistent across large samples of online survey takers, U.S. politicians, Twitter users, and LinkedIn users. Our findings illustrate the nuanced relationship between political ideology, self-enhancement, and happiness and illuminate the contradictory ways that happiness differences can manifest across behavior and self-reports."
political-science  psychology  ideology  conservative  liberal  happiness 
july 2015 by tsuomela
You Can Never Have Too Much Money, New Research Shows | Brookings Institution
"In 1974 Richard Easterlin famously posited that increasing average income did not raise average well-being, a claim that became known as the Easterlin Paradox. Since then, some researchers have acknowledged the existence of a link between income and well-being among those whose basic needs have not been met, but claim that beyond a certain income threshold ( a "satiation point"), further income is unrelated to well-being. But new research by Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers finds a robust link between income and well-being among both the poor and the rich. This finding holds true when making cross-national comparisons between rich and poor countries, and when making comparisons between rich and poor people within a country."
economics  money  psychology  happiness  income  wealth 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Deirdre N. McCloskey: Happyism | The New Republic
"But nowadays there is a new science of happiness, and some of the psychologists and almost all the economists involved want you to think that happiness is just pleasure. Further, they propose to calculate your happiness, by asking you where you fall on a three-point scale, 1-2-3: “not too happy,” “pretty happy,” “very happy.” They then want to move to technical manipulations of the numbers, showing that you, too, can be “happy,” if you will but let the psychologists and the economists show you (and the government) how."
economics  utility  happiness  utilitarianism  measurement  psychology  philosophy 
december 2012 by tsuomela
Early relationships, not brainpower, key to adult happiness
"The researchers found, on the one hand, a strong pathway from child and adolescent social connectedness to adult well-being. This illustrates the enduring significance of positive social relationships over the lifespan to adulthood. On the other hand, the pathway from early language development, through adolescent academic achievement, to adult well-being was weak, which is in line with existing research showing a lack of association between socioeconomic prosperity and happiness.

The analyses also suggest that the social and academic pathways are not intimately related to one another, and may be parallel paths."
psychology  happiness  children  adult  development  social-psychology  connection  academic  success  from delicious
august 2012 by tsuomela
Action for Happiness
"Action for Happiness is a movement for positive social change. We're bringing together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone."
happiness  activism  collaboration  community  psychology  positive  well-being  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
"Mindapples helps people look after their minds. We encourage people to take better care of themselves, and educate the public about how our minds work and how to manage them. We want to make looking after our minds as natural as brushing our teeth, by asking everyone: “What's the 5-a-day for your mind?”"
mind  mental  health  psychology  happiness  well-being  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
The medium chill | Grist
"harrowing pace of modern work life: the long hours and hairy commutes, multitasking and endless accessibility, the sense of always being busy, always falling behind, always doing a crappy job on both sides of the work/life ledger.

Bauerlein and Jeffery discuss the phenomenon mainly in terms of external forces acting on workers -- a system of laws and regulations comprehensively biased in favor of employers. And that's where the main focus should be
politics  medium-chill  good-enough  lifestyle  economics  psychology  happiness 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Why Keeping Your Options Open Is a Really, Really Bad Idea | Psychology Today
"So keeping your options open leads to less happiness and success, not more. Ironically, people don't actually change their minds and revise decisions very often. We just prefer having the option to do so, and that preference is costing us."
psychology  happiness  choice 
july 2011 by tsuomela
:: Authentic Happiness :: Using the new Positive Psychology
Authentic Happiness is the homepage of Dr. Martin Seligman, Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of positive psychology, a branch of psychology which focuses on the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions.
psychology  happiness  positive  positive-thinking  health  research  emotion 
july 2011 by tsuomela
The uses and abuses of 'happiness' | openDemocracy
"But taking a longer term historical view also reveals quite how muddled the happiness ‘movement’ currently is. One question that needs to be asked is – do the happiness proponents and their public spokespersons know what they’re doing?

There are at least four ways in which the term ‘happiness’ can be used to augment public policy debate. "
public-policy  happiness  psychology  politics 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Happiness and Well-Being - Dan Haybron
The Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-Being  (Oxford University Press 2008)
Despite its title, this is really a book about happiness, and is meant to serve as a reasonably comprehensive guide to the subject. At the broadest level, the book tries to make the case for the importance of the psychology of well-being, or prudential psychology, as a field of inquiry.

More narrowly, the book argues against a chief assumption of modern thought, namely the idea that individuals are highly authoritative about their own well-being: that by and large, we know our interests and make prudent choices in pursuit of them. This assumption is dubious: even considering just the psychological aspects of well-being, our interests prove to be far less transparent to us than we tend to think; moreover, we seem to have surprisingly little aptitude for assessing and pursuing our own welfare.
book  psychology  self-knowledge  well-being  happiness  understanding  introspection 
october 2010 by tsuomela
What can policymakers learn from happiness research? : The New Yorker
As the happiness researchers Tim Wilson and Daniel Gilbert have put it, “People routinely mispredict how much pleasure or displeasure future events will bring.”
psychology  happiness  research  politics  emotion  society  policy  economics 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Wray Herbert: The Perils of 'Having It All'
Can "having it all" undermine the ability to savor common, everyday joys? And if so, does wealth diminish pleasure enough that it trumps the pluses of having plenty of money?
happiness  psychology  money  wealth 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » Beyond Passion: The Science of Loving What You Do
At a high level, SDT (Self-Determination Theory) makes a simple claim: To be happy, your work must fulfill three universal psychological needs: autonomy, competence, and relatedness.
work  career  happiness  experience  psychology  motivation  ambition  goals  autonomy  competence  relatedness  relationship 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Q6 Fall 2009: What are the economics of happiness?
Economists have begun to use research into happiness to explore questions in economics, policy, and management. Betsey Stevenson of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania surveys the work in this emerging field.
economics  happiness  behavior  utility 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Op-Ed Columnist - What Could You Live Without? - NYTimes.com
by Nicholas Kristof - "Hannah seized upon the idea of selling the luxurious family home and donating half the proceeds to charity, while using the other half to buy a more modest replacement home...Eventually, that’s what the family did. The project — crazy, impetuous and utterly inspiring — is chronicled in a book by father and daughter scheduled to be published next month: “The Power of Half.” "
happiness  altruism  charity  psychology  philanthropy  commentary  ethics  philosophy  emotion 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Op-Ed Columnist - Our Basic Human Pleasures - Food, Sex and Giving - NYTimes.com
by Nicholas Kristof "But in any case, nobility can lead to happiness. Professor Haidt notes that one thing that can make a lasting difference to your contentment is to work with others on a cause larger than yourself...Brain scans by neuroscientists confirm that altruism carries its own rewards...The implication is that we are hard-wired to be altruistic. To put it another way, it’s difficult for humans to be truly selfless, for generosity feels so good."
happiness  altruism  charity  psychology  philanthropy  commentary  ethics  philosophy  emotion 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Happy peasants and miserable millionaires | vox - Research-based policy analysis and commentary from leading economists
What measures of human wellbeing are the most accurate benchmarks of economic progress and human development? This column presents new research suggesting that while people can adapt to be happy at low levels of income, they are far less happy when there is uncertainty over their future wealth. This may help explain why different societies tolerate such different levels of health, crime, and governance, and why US happiness plummeted during the global financial crisis but has since been restored despite incomes remaining lower.
happiness  psychology  politics  economics  risk  income  statistics  perception  future 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Dopaminergic Aesthetics : The Frontal Cortex
The purpose of pleasure, then, is to make it easier for the pleasurable sensation - the delicious taste, the elegant idea, the desired object - to enter the crowded theater of consciousness, so that we'll go out and get it. That's why we've got a highway of nerves connecting the parts of the dopamine reward pathway - the nucleus accumbens, ventral striatum, etc - to the prefrontal cortex. (This also means that a well-turned phrase or pretty painting will be more likely to get stuck in working memory, since it's more rewarding. Aesthetics are really about attention.)
neurology  brain  science  drugs  pleasure  goals  happiness  hedonism  psychology  philosophy  aesthetics  neuroscience  dopamine  hormones  attention 
november 2009 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Privilege, poverty & adaptation
Unfortunately, our pseudo-democracy does just this. It gives too little weight to the quietly oppressed, and too much to the noisy but discontented privileged.
economics  politics  justice  fairness  income  utility  utilitarianism  democracy  power  poverty  happiness 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Kierkegaard on the Couch - Happy Days Blog - NYTimes.com
These days, confide to someone that you are in despair and he or she will likely suggest that you seek out professional help for your depression. While despair used to be classified as one of the seven deadly sins, it has now been medicalized and folded into the concept of clinical depression. If Kierkegaard were on Facebook or could post a You Tube video, he would certainly complain that we, who have listened to Prozac, have become deaf to the ancient distinction between psychological and spiritual disorders, between depression and despair.
philosophy  psychology  spirituality  depression  happiness  literature  self  despair  kierkegaard  soren 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress - Home page
The Commission on the measurement of economic performance and social progress has been created at the beginning of 2008 on French government's initiative.

Increasing concerns have been raised since a long time about the adequacy of current measures of economic performance, in particular those based on GDP figures. Moreover, there are broader concerns about the relevance of these figures as measures of societal well-being, as well as measures of economic, environmental, and social sustainability.
economics  measurement  gdp  environment  statistics  happiness  politics  development  policy 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The Referendum - Happy Days Blog - NYTimes.com
The Referendum is a phenomenon typical of (but not limited to) midlife, whereby people, increasingly aware of the finiteness of their time in the world, the limitations placed on them by their choices so far, and the narrowing options remaining to them, start judging their peers’ differing choices with reactions ranging from envy to contempt.
psychology  life  culture  happiness  reflection  age  aging  experience  choice 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Why you can't help but care about Brad and Angelina, Part III | Psychology Today
A simple test: If your fairy godmother appeared and offered to make you famous, can you honestly maintain you'd say "no thanks"? The reason you'd take her up on it is that you know that if you were famous you would have achieved what you, and all of us in this society, believe to be the very purpose of life: you would have fulfilled your destiny. Finally, that nagging feeling of being one step away from happiness would go away, because you would have taken that last step.
psychology  anthropology  entertainment  fame  celebrity  happiness  culture  american  modern 
july 2009 by tsuomela
What Makes Us Happy? - The Atlantic (June 2009)
For 72 years, researchers at Harvard have been examining this question, following 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s through war, career, marriage and divorce, parenthood and grandparenthood, and old age. Here, for the first time, a journalist gains access to the archive of one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history. Its contents, as much literature as science, offer profound insight into the human condition—and into the brilliant, complex mind of the study’s longtime director, George Vaillant.
psychology  happiness  longitudinal  long-term  study 
may 2009 by tsuomela
The Happy Planet Index
The Happy Planet Index is an innovative new measure that shows the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is delivered.
economics  well-being  environment  lifespan  lifestyle  happiness  index  value 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network: longitudinal analysis over 20 years in the Framingham Heart Study -- Fowler and Christakis 337: a2338 -- BMJ
Objectives To evaluate whether happiness can spread from person to person and whether niches of happiness form within social networks.

Design Longitudinal social network analysis.

Setting Framingham Heart Study social network.

Participants 4739 individuals followed from 1983 to 2003.

Main outcome measures Happiness measured with validated four item scale
happiness  network  social-psychology  social-networks  research  longitudinal  psychology  diffusion  emotion 
december 2008 by tsuomela
The latest research on the correlation between religion and niceness. - By Paul Bloom - Slate Magazine
The sorry state of American atheists, then, may have nothing to do with their lack of religious belief. It may instead be the result of their outsider status within a highly religious country where many of their fellow citizens, including very vocal ones like Schlessinger, find them immoral and unpatriotic.
religion  atheism  psychology  happiness  sociology 
november 2008 by tsuomela
OnTheCommons.org » A New Dismal Science -- “Happiness Economics”
Enter the renegade economics journal, Real-World Economics Review. It takes a very dim view of “happiness research.” In a recent article, “The Unhappy Thing About Happiness Economics” Helen Johns and Paul Ormerod take on the questionable methodologies of the field.

They wade into such paradoxes as how GDP can steadily increase in a nation even as levels of happiness remain totally flat year after year. If greater wealth “increases our utility function,” as economists like to put it, then why do time-series data show that “nations do not get happier over time as they get richer”?
economics  happiness  theory  research  appropriation 
october 2008 by tsuomela
Greater Good Science Center
The Greater Good Science Center is an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the scientific understanding of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior.
psychology  research  academic  happiness  individual  group  altruism 
june 2008 by tsuomela
Hedonic adaptation: Does happiness last? | vox - Research-based policy analysis and commentary from leading economists
Adaptation is an experience familiar to many of us. A new purchase of an eagerly-awaited good, a new job, a new relationship – all may produce a great deal of pleasure initially, but somehow become less important as time goes on, even to the extent of r
economics  adaptation  happiness  philosophy 
february 2008 by tsuomela

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