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Economy Got You Down? Use The Principles Of Positive Psychology
Date:3/26/2009

Tough economic times are a good opportunity to use positive psychology to find happiness and meaning in life, says a new report from Harvard Medical School. "Positive Psychology: Harnessing the power of happiness, personal strength, and mindfulness" describes how using your personal strengths, savoring the moment, building positive relationships, counting your blessings, and other principles of positive psychology are far more likely to bring satisfaction and fulfillment than accumulating money and material things.

--Tough economic times are a good opportunity to use positive psychology to find happiness and meaning in life, says a new report from Harvard Medical School. "Positive Psychology: Harnessing the power of happiness, personal strength, and mindfulness" describes how using your personal strengths, savoring the moment, building positive relationships, counting your blessings, and other principles of positive psychology are far more likely to bring satisfaction and fulfillment than accumulating money and material things.

This new report reviews the scientific evidence and describes the strategies and techniques that have fueled the growth of the field of positive psychology.

Numerous scientific studies have linked positive emotions with better health, longer life, and greater well-being while the accumulation of money and material wealth have failed to produce such results. On the other hand, chronic anger, worry, and hostility increase the risk of developing heart disease, as people react to these feelings with raised blood pressure and stiffening of blood vessels. A 2005 Harvard School of Public Health study found that people who were generally hopeful were less likely to develop hypertension, diabetes, or respiratory tract infection than those who were less hopeful.

Included in this report are many techniques and approaches for enha
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