Meditasjon på Colbert Report

Meditasjon brer om seg! Fra artikkelen «Dan Harris Led Colbert’s Audience in a Meditation Last Night» hos mindful.org.

Dan Harris, bestselling author of 10% Happier, talked to Stephen Colbert about exactly why he’s only 10% Happier (he doesn’t subscribe infinite happiness schlock pedalled by self-help gurus) and how meditation helps quiet that negative voice in your head.

Se hele epiosden her (intervjuet begynner ca 13:15): Colbert Report

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Er du redd for lykke?

Interessante saker fra Scientific American:

Unhappiness is often viewed as something to be prevented, avoided or eliminated. Yet recent studies reveal that for some people, feeling good is what scares them. Recognizing this fear and targeting it with therapy may be a critical first step before other mental illnesses can be treated.

People fear positive emotions for many reasons, such as feeling unworthy or believing good fortune inevitably leads to a fall, according to two new studies. Mohsen Joshanloo, a psychology graduate student at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, developed a Fear of Happiness Scale, on which participants indicate their level of agreement with statements such as “Having lots of joy and fun causes bad things to happen.” Such beliefs can plague people in many countries, according to a study by Joshanloo published online in October 2013 in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. The study found the scale to be reliable in 14 different cultures.

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Brutto nasjonal lykke FTW

Av alle steder i verden er det Bhutan vi må se til for en virkelig nyskapende og menneskevennlig politikk – der har de rett og slett skiftet fra å fokusere på å brutto nasjonalprodukt (et mål på økonomisk velstand) til brutto nasjonal lykke (et mål på psykologisk velstand). Se mer om denne originiale og inspirerende idéen i videoen over, eller les på Wikipedia.

Gjør meg lykkelig!

Lykkeforskning (og egentlig alt annet man kan putte inn i samlesekken «positiv psykologi») er virkelig i vinden om dagen, men jeg må alltid stusse litt etter å ha lest, sett eller hørt om det nyeste fra lykkefronten. Det virker som at forskerne ofte glemmer at de baserer seg på selvrapport, som er en datainnsamlingsmetode med til tider ganske store svakheter. Denne artikkelen hos Big Think systematiserer lykkeforskningsfeltets muligheter og feilkilder på en lettfattelig måte.

While problems with context challenges the validity of the research, it especially makes comparing happiness over time, like when the Gallup World Poll declared that Americans in 2012 were the happiest since 2008, inherently flawed. Maybe our standards have just dropped. Who’s to say?

But as happiness metrics gain traction as a way to measure societal progress and direct government policy, it’s important to understand its limits and especially its dependence on implicit assumptions. As long as we’re going to build a new scientific vehicle to steer society forward, let’s also be sure to take a look at the road.

via If You’re Happy and You Know It, Check this Box. If You Hate Yourself and Want to Die, Please Elaborate Below | Experts’ Corner | Big Think.

Det skal allikevel sies, at tar man av forskerbrillene et øyeblikk kan lykkeforskning være ganske underholdende, faktisk på grensen til rørende og inspirerende, for eksempel i filmen Happy.

Happy – A Documentary Trailer from Wadi Rum Films on Vimeo.