Get Happy: Four Well-Being Workouts
“Relieving stress and anxiety might help you feel better — for a bit. Martin E.P. Seligman, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a pioneer in the field of positive psychology, does not see alleviating negative emotions as a path to happiness.
‘Psychology is generally focused on how to relieve depression, anger and worry,’ he said. ‘Freud and Schopenhauer said the most you can ever hope for in life is not to suffer, not to be miserable, and I think that view is empirically false, morally insidious, and a political and educational dead-end.’
‘What makes life worth living,’ he said, ‘is much more than the absence of the negative.’
To Dr. Seligman, the most effective long-term strategy for happiness is to actively cultivate well-being…”