The History of Happiness – Harvard Business Review

The History of Happiness – Harvard Business Review

When my January-February 2012 issue of HBR arrived, I was delighted. Once again this prestigious resource had put together a current and comprehensive group of articles on a topic near and dear to my heart — and the heart of my life work. Over the next few weeks I will devote blogs to each of the articles.

Just this week someone used the word that makes me the most crazy — Pollyanna — when explaining why they do not believe optimism is all its cracked up to be. My not so happy response when someone uses that word is to as lovingly as possible say, “My experience is when a person says they don’t want to be too optimist because they don”t want to be considered a ‘Pollyanna’ is what they are really saying is ‘I don’t want to do the 24/7 effort it takes to develop optimism’.” Tends to end the conversation and that works for me.

I know the research is solid enough to justify the effort. If you don’t believe it, start with this article.

Thank you, Andrea Goeglein aka The Anti-Pollyanna

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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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