When you feel happy, when you feel confident, you will love the things you do, you will be able to take risks and you will be able to try to learn new things in which will lead you to go further in education.
When you find an activity (knitting, teaching, surfing, singing, speed chess, speed walking, playing an instrument, or playing solitaire etc) you love, you can find “in the zone,” “in the groove,” or “flow.” (transcendent state when a person becomes so engaged and focused in their passion, they lose all sense of themselves). As a result, you will feel good about those experiences you have been go through.
So many people want to be good learners, want to be high achievers and want to be successful in life, if you are one of them, to have your dreams become true, one of the best things you shall do is focus on your emotional well-being – positive emotions.
For decades, research psychologists tended to focus on studying negative emotions – fear, anger, and greed. But over the last decade, they increasingly turned instead to the positive emotions – examining people capacity for compassion, gratitude and trust. They call it the “science of happiness,”
They have found that human bodies are BUILT to care, to be sympathetic, a smile, or a compassionate touch helps releases certain stress and reducing hormones, both in the person giving the smile or touch, and in the recipient.
Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor leading research on emotion and social interaction says, there is this long-standing assumption that in terms of evolution, it really is survival of the fittest, and it’s important to know that it wasn’t Darwin who said that, but someone who came after Darwin named Herbert Spencer. What Darwin said, in “Descent of Man,” is “Sympathy is our strongest instinct,” which, when I read that, I was FLOORED.
The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human endeavor, it seems as if human beings are hardwired to contemplate, chase and cherish this complex and often elusive emotion.
Looking at happiness, a long-term study showing that people who smiled more positively in their high school yearbooks, had a higher level of emotional well-being – 30 years down the line.
Back to sometime ago (I couldn’t remember where I read the article), the author wrote, when people do overcome the temptation of self-interest and instead of helping others, cooperate with others, they’re respected more in their group. And upon receiving that respect, they then help others even more. In the other words, positive results can help re-write the prescription for a happier society.
As far as the new research and study goes, they are discovering that the age-old “Golden Rule” – treat others as you want to be treated is actually part of our genetic make-up, and it may be the answer to our survival as a species.