Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Variety of Moods

Robert Louis Stephenson wrote, "There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. Happiness does not need to become the goal. We need a variety of experiences and moods to write about."

In the 1980’s  Martin E.P. Seligman adopted the term, “positive psychology.”  After years of studying the “learned helplessness” that characterized depression, he began to study how individuals could learn optimism. Seligman felt a search for “authentic happiness” made more sense than relying on psychology’s one-sided focus on illness and disorders.

Optimism, courage, and perseverance exist in social and civil well-being. Consider how to gather simple pleasures. The process itself will attract feelings of exultation.

When nature provides a feast, take time to savor all the flavors. Everyone needs to awaken to the positivity that explodes in blossoms and sky.  Take a pleasure interlude frm your busy life to revel in the marvelous around. Squeeze out joy and appreciation for the living, growing creatures, plants and trees.

Move through a variety of moods as you write about “learned helplessness,” optimism or courage.

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