An article from Psychology Today by Todd Kashdan examines just this... How do we asses happiness and well being?
In 2016, three scientists reviewed the usefulness of 99 approaches to assess well-being. such as overall quality of life, serenity, spiritual concerns, emotional balance, autonomy, environmental mastery, personal growth initiative, positive relations with others, purpose in life, self-acceptance, self-esteem, occupational well-being, physical well-being, economic well-being, and so on....
Dr. Martin Seligman'sPERMA model identified five components of well-being: positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment withe the idea of 24 personality strengths..
What do you think? How do you measure your wel lbeing?
read more and about therecent studies at
Goodman, F.R., Disabato, D.J., Kashdan, T.B., & Kaufman, S.B. (in press). Measuring well-being: A comparison of subjective well-being and PERMA. Journal of Positive Psychology
"Research from the think tank Demosfound that boys are significantly more likely to have bullied someone online than girls, but young people with “stronger traits of empathy and self-control” are less likely to cyberbully"
Demos surveyed 16- to 18-year-olds over Facebook on their online behavior and responses to various social media scenarios.
The survey reported a “shockingly high incidence of hostile behavior to peers”, with 26 percent of those surveyed admitting to having “bullied or insulted someone else” online.
Fifteen percent of the teens surveyed said they "joined in with other people to 'troll' a celebrity or public figure".
The gender factor.
Demos found that boys are significantly more likely to say they have bullied or insulted someone online than girls, with 32 percent of boys saying they have compared to 22 percent of girls.
Interestingly, the same applies for trolling a public figure, which 22 percent of boys but 10 percent of girls admitted they had done.
"A brain that can predict (that is certain) makes a human feel safe and happy. A brain that cannot predict (that is uncertain) makes a human feel threatened and anxious."
The science of ritual’s anxiety-busting properties:
offers compelling explanations for how rituals work when it comes to combating uncertainty and anxiety.
argues that rituals’ anxiety-busting features reside in their basic physical structure.
The defining features of rituals, repetitive and rigid movements, buffer against uncertainty by evoking a sense of personal control and orderliness.
Read More at https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ritual-and-the-brain/201709/the-anxiety-busting-properties-ritual
Lang, M., Kratky, J., Shaver, J. H., Jerotijevic, D., & Xygalatas, D. (2015). Effects of anxiety on spontaneous ritualized behavior. Current Biology, 25, 1892-1897.
Thousands of self-help books are published each year and 80 percent of Internet users have sought health information online.... But how do you pick an Effective one?
What does the research say?
The 2013 book, Self-help That Works, evaluated 12 national surveys rated by more than 2000 specific self-help resources from over 4800 mental helath proffesionals to help put the reserach back into self-help literature.
The topics covered in the chapters include:
David Susman 2017
Norcross, J. C., Campbell, L. F., Grohol, J. M., Santrock, J. W., Selagea, F., & Sommer. R. (2013). Self-help that works: Resources to improve emotional health and strengthen relationships (4th ed.)