Theories of happiness in positive psychology

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While a conducive non-threatening and a structured environment is imperative for the growth of a happy child, there are a lot of values that schools and parents can inculcate that increase the overall happiness quotient of children. Let’s see how..

In the year 1988, Martin E.P.Seligman, in his American Psychological Association presidential address, proposed pursuit of happiness and positive emotion as the first, pillar of the new positive psychology. Positive psychology as a field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within them and to enhance their experiences of love, work and play. The whole branch of positive psychology is dedicated to pinning down what happiness is and everything that encompasses happiness.

To psychological researchers, happiness is a life experience marked by a preponderance of positive emotions, which can be measured. Various single or multi-item measures are used to assess the components of happiness. While some tests such as those judging the life satisfaction quotient, aim to tap the cognitive component of happiness, others such as those measuring the frequency of positive and negative emotions, aim to tap the cognitive component of happiness, others such as those measuring the frequency of positive and negative emotions aim to tap the affective component of happiness. The United Nations too every year, releases the World Happiness report, which ranks countries by the self-reported happiness of its citizens.

Finally we must not ignore the external factors that contribute to overall physical and emotional well-being of children.

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