A psychiatric take on the daily news
Despite the bad news that most people saw last Sunday, I can say it was a sunny, happy news day. Why?
As previously covered, my wife and I watch CBS Sunday Morning most of the time, so that’s how we started last Sunday. The special feature happened to be “the key to finding happiness”. It builds on the longest-running study on well-being, now an adult development study at Harvard University led by psychiatrist Robert Waldinger.
The key findings are also detailed in his new book. good lifeand in his very popular TED Talk, it goes like this:
“Good relationships keep us happier and healthier.”
Losing a good relationship, like the death of psychiatrist Carl Hammerschlag in January and the death of my childhood best friend Barry Marcus in December, is irreplaceable. When it comes to childhood, sometimes friends are temporary imaginary friends other than real children. It’s a fictional character or model that we like to follow, which can recur to some degree.
On May 17, 2022, I wrote a column called “Trust in the World’s Happiest Nation”. The people I lost were real people I could trust.
After the TV show ended, I was already ready to pay attention to happiness. time Cover story for “The Happiness Secret Expert”. Laurie Santos, a psychologist who taught Yale’s most popular science of happiness course, was featured, but decided to take a break from her sabbatical year because she was becoming burned out and unhappy herself. bottom. Her ongoing recovery is finding ways to enhance her pleasure.
From 18 other experts, time reports that it’s focused on this happiness cocktail.
- guided by a sense of purpose
- connect with others
Martin Seligman, founder of Positive Psychology, emphasized avoiding negative catastrophes in yourself. Emma Sepal touted specific types of breathing in different postures and rhythms in her 20-minute SKY Breathing Meditation class. Instead of focusing on one thing, I recommend finding ways to experience positive emotions in it.
Our nation’s founders recognized the importance of happiness in these famous words of the Declaration of Independence:
”. . . which includes life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. ”
Pursuit means a long process. Because happiness is both a short-term emotional feeling and a long-term sense of satisfaction. Whether it is a therapeutic partnership with a patient or a personal relationship such as that of my wife Rusty and I, when we pursue mutually beneficial relationships, we find happiness in trying to do our best for each other. increase.
Dr. Mofik An award-winning psychiatrist specializing in the cultural and ethical aspects of psychiatry. A prolific author and speaker, in 2002 he received the title of Hero of Public Psychiatry from the General Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association for the first time. for a better world.he serves on the editorial board of Psychiatric Times™.