Overcoming psychological problems like anxiety and depression will improve our well-being. But even without psychological problems like these, some people are happier than others. What is happiness and how can we achieve it?
Early psychologist William James thought this was an important question, but during the behaviourist years psychology largely ignored fuzzy concepts like happiness. When emotion became a respectable area of study, psychologists tended to look at human suffering instead. Perhaps surprisingly, human happiness has only become a big topic in psychology in the last 15 years or so.
Why happiness is important
Happiness is not ...