Re: Re: Re: What is happiness?
Although I agree that experience and pain are essential to experiencing happiness, there are many people who are in much more pain than they need to be in. Substance abuse is rampant and there are a lot of hurting souls out there. People can be taught how to maximize positive experiences and minimize negative ones. Positive psychology classes teach students how to deal with their emotions. It is new and ,yes, I have seen it work. Behavior is learned and you can teach someone to be happier and to view the world with less hostility. People do not have to experience tradgedy in their life in order to learn and grow.
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