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I'm so glad someone FINALLY pointed out that our happiness is not up to us. There are chemicals in the brain that can prevent you from being happy, and also make you sad or depressed. It is not up to the individual to just decide to be happy.
With respect, tsadjatko, there are many scientists who do not agree. Like Barbara Fredrickson, Martin Seligman, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi for starters. They have empirical, evidence that we can learn to find contentment through positive psychology.
With respect ann, That is not proven, whereas chemical imbalances are. If the one's you are talking about are right then why do ten million Americans suffer from depression? Also the suicide rate is almost at an all time high. I live with depression.
Actually I agree with both of you. Learning to find contentment through positive psychology actually supports what I have said and doesn't change the thought that the cause is more based in the chemistry of the brain than the perceived "cause".
I'm sorry that your live with depression. I did too for 20 years (and there is no darker place) until I discovered positive psychology and learned, with professional help, how to practice it. My life has changed beyond all recognition. Peace to you x
I personally think so many millions suffer from depression because there are approaches to life that are better or worse, and I think we're on the 'worse' end of the spectrum.
What about those you don't create happiness in, or if you haven't created happiness for a couple weeks. Are you just stuck being... unhappy?
You have a very good point.
Unless those who do not display happiness cause me misery, then my happiness hopefully will remain unchanged. If i have the perception to either be happy or sad, why not choose happiness? :)