Happiness Questioned Part 3

This is the third question in the series provided by Robert Biswar-Diener.  Have you been writing out answers to each of the questions?

3.  With whom do you share responsibility for your own happiness?

It is easy to get lulled into a sense that happiness is an individual pursuit. Nothing could be further from the truth. You are connected to other people in a complicated web of loyalty, obligation, generosity, protection, and mutual support. Your own happiness is not simply a product of your mind, but of your decisions concerning other people. You can ask support from others to boost your happiness; you can sacrifice some personal happiness in favor of helping others. Who are the primary stakeholders in your happiness and how do they affect your moods? What does this tell you about your own pursuit of happiness?


By simply asking these new questions you will redirect your attention and take stock of your own happiness in a different way. We hope that the very act of questioning wakes you up to an invigorated sense of pursuit of happiness. We recommend taking five (5) full minutes aside and actually thinking or writing answers to these questions in detail. We would love to hear from you about how asking these questions affects you. Please drop us a line or post to our Facebook site.

To learn more about the authors of these questions and their work:

John Helliwell

And Dr. Biswar-Diener’s most current training for coachesstarting October 29, 2012

Hope you enjoyed these questions. 
Thank you trying to improve your life satisfaction, Andrea T. Goeglein, PhD

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About the author

Andrea Goeglein is part organizational psychologist, part entrepreneur, and all about success—your success. She understands both the pressures you face and the dreams that inspire you. Andrea merges her experience as a business owner with her training in Positive Psychology to provide effective, efficient and challenging personal development products and services. She combines an emphasis on objective assessment with an approach that is always powered by your spirit and guided by your goals. Her professional development offerings are based in theory and backed by direct business knowledge.

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