Thursday, January 25, 2007

From Zero to Happy

Have you ever noticed that sometimes people who have experienced a traumatic or emotional event will laugh and get silly much easier than they normally would? It's as though their emotion levels have been cranked up a few notches so both happiness and sadness come easier . You would think it would be the opposite...that happiness is much further away. But in reality, it's closer.

Just a little something I've noticed...

Maybe the happiness and sadness aren't the polar opposites we always assume they are?

1 comment:

Matt said...

From Martin Seligman: "There are an enormous number of superbly functioning people who work, love, and play effectively even when depressed or anxious. Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln were prime examples. The goal of a life free of dysphoria is a snare and a delusion. A better goal is of good commerce with the world. Authentic happiness, astonishingly, can occur even in the presence of authentic sadness."

This is from a discussion he had with Steven Pinker on Slate: Happiness: Is it in your genes?