Mapping Happiness

This post is a little old, but back in February On Point, the NPR show out of WBUR in Boston had a show called Mapping Happiness. It talked about how we may or not be “wired” for happiness.

By guest host Jane Clayson:

So much has been written about the search for happiness — in songs and poems and countless self-help books — much of it straight from the heart.

But it turns out there’s also a science of happiness, and in her new book a psychologist lays out the cold, hard facts, based on decades of research.

Did you know you have a happiness “set point”? What do you really need to be happy?

Her book is part science, part self-help, with questionnaires and exercises. We’ll give it a try.

This hour, On Point: mapping happiness

Guests
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· Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology at the University of Riverside and author of “The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want”
· Eric Wilson, professor of English at Wake Forest University and author of “Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy”

It was a very interesting show, and it made me wonder about the “men are that they might have joy” scripture and just how interesting it can be sometimes to hear the way that science and religion explain things differently.

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