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Happy New Year . . .with an emphasis on happy!
Happiness is getting a lot of attention these days within the nation’s community of professional psychologists. Traditionally, they’ve focused on the downside of their patients’ lives. But a burgeoning movement is afoot to accentuate the positive.
The so-called "positive psychology" movement is directing professional efforts toward finding out what makes people genuinely happy.
Listen to some of the conclusions of their profoundly significant studies:
-It is not material things that make people the happiest.
-The happiest people spend less time alone. They surround themselves with family and friends.
-They pursue opportunities for personal growth and intimacy.
- They don’t measure their own worth with someone else’s yardstick.
- They are quick to forgive. They don’t hold grudges.
On this first day of the New Year, when a spirit of personal reflection and resolution making is a tradition, KSL believes these "discoveries" being promoted by innovative psychologists are worth considering.
Indeed, put materialism in perspective, focus on those relationships that mean the most, and be forgiving.
A happy new year could be the result.