Why are happy people, happy? As researchers, life-long learners, and seekers of knowledge, happiness is of interest to us as we move from appreciating our basic needs, to discovering our strengths and creative talents, to using them to generative a positive space for ourselves and for those around us.
Martin Seligman used the scientific method involving numerous questionnaires to explore the state of happiness. From his work, he identified three dimensions of happiness; the Pleasant Life (pleasure and gratification), the Good Life (embodiment of strengths and virtues), and the Meaningful Life (meaning and purpose) (Seligman, 2002). As educators, I think we explore the meaningful life.
As a new dissertation chair attending my first UOP graduation, I remember the excitement and happiness I felt as I watch the students who I had worked with over the years walk across the stage to be hooded knowing I was an important part of their journey. Now as a member of the CEITR, I get the same sense of excitement and happiness when research teams I have collaborate with successful complete a research project and have the study published. It can give our lives great meaning when we can use our strengths to enrich the lives of others.
“Some people cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go.”
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Seligman, Martin E.P. (2002). Authentic happiness: Using the new positive psychology to realize your potential for lasting fulfillment. New York, NY: Free Press.