Abstract: Can You Strive Too Hard for Happiness?
Mentor: Dr. Philip C. Watkins, Psychology
A number of people believe happiness is something innate in humans (Laura A. King, Jennifer Emilia Eells, & Chad M. Burton, 2004). Thus, there is much research that is being conducted in the realm of positive psychology. The purpose of studying positive psychology is to understand people who experience deep happiness, wisdom, resilience, and psychologists have a way to develop techniques that will help individuals with lower levels of happiness increase their potential to become happier. (Carruthers, Hood, 2004). Furthermore, Veenhoven in "How Harmful is Happiness?" (1989) claims that, "'Happiness' or 'life satisfaction' is the overall, appreciation of one's life as a whole." A discrepancy when striving for happiness happens when it is seen as an extrinsic need rather than what it is, an intrinsic need. The ideal state of happiness should be fulfilled when all the basic need are met. But because there are so many other wants in life people are not satisfied with just fulfilling their basic needs.
9th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 17, 2006
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