There’s a common misconception that outward success brings happiness. The story goes like this:
I’ll be happy when I get a new boss…make more money…
Research shows, however, that when we attain this kind of so-called “success,” the accompanying sense of happiness is fleeting, and that we quickly go right back to our baseline level of well-being.
In this video sneak peek of a lecture from the Certificate in Positive Psychology course, Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar shares a research study on professors waiting to hear if they receive tenure. Will gaining lifetime employment translate into a happy life?
The answer explains why Positive Psychology matters. Known as the science of happiness, Positive Psychology uses research-based practices to cultivate happiness, strengths, self-esteem, and optimism, rather than waiting for a particular set of circumstances to happen before you can be happy.