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There are two schools of thought when it comes to being happy. The first revolves around the idea that happiness is like a butterfly and cannot be caught, only courted. The second points out that happiness has much to do with our genetics.

While such ideologies are grounded in the nature versus nurture debate, new research is coming to light each and every day in support of the pursuit of happiness. Yes, you can learn to be happy 5 Websites To Help You Become a Happier Person 5 Websites To Help You Become a Happier Person Read More but it’s going to take some determination.

It may be obvious that to achieve anything substantial in life — learn a profession, master a sport, raise a child — a good deal of effort is required.

– Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky (Author: The How of Happiness)

Start by making a conscious effort to avoid negative or pessimistic thoughts and try to channel your positive energies.

Of course, you’re bound to get stuck along the way and when you need a quick pick-me-up, well, that’s what this guide is for.

Building a Better You

TED Talks 6 Mind-Blowing TED Talks About Psychology & Human Behavior 6 Mind-Blowing TED Talks About Psychology & Human Behavior The human brain is complex and confusing, which explains why human behavior is so complex and confusing. People have a tendency to act one way when they feel something completely different. Here are a few... Read More have long been associated with inspired views that explore the heart of the topic at hand, and this collection of 13 keynotes is no different. Going through the playlist, you’ll come to learn about the positive aspects of showing vulnerability, the difference between succeeding and winning and why it’s important to smile.

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These videos are aimed at the viewers who are ready to make a change for the better in any or all aspects of their lives. You’re guaranteed to learn something new about yourself if you approach the subject matter with an open mind and delve right in.

Psychology and Human Emotion

Nothing prepares you for coming to terms with the way your mind works quite like a crash course 6 Really Good Sites with FREE Video Lectures from Top US Colleges 6 Really Good Sites with FREE Video Lectures from Top US Colleges Read More in psychology from Yale. Professor June Gruber explains how happiness is tied to morality and explores its darker side in this three-part series.

Every one of our feelings serve a purpose — even the bad ones. They inform our actions on a daily basis and do so for the duration of our entire lives. The secret to happiness might not be contained in this collection but the series will provide answers to some complicated questions that can inform how you understand what it means to be happy. Be sure to take a look if you’re ever concerned you might be a slave to your emotions.

Guide to Happiness: Socrates on Self-Confidence

The philosophy of life is something that speaks to us all. Each video in this six-part documentary revolves around a particular emotion and borrows the voice of prominent philosophers to frame the information under the lens of history.

Alain de Bottan presents a beautifully-shot and well-executed vision that is both relevant and accessible to modern audiences. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you can do if you change your point of view.

What Makes You Happy

A unique perspective is what gives meaning to life and, as such, it seems fitting that a range of ideologies are represented in this comprehensive 13-part journey into what makes us happy.

Journalists, psychologists, authors and Buddhist monks all share their thoughts and provide some surprising answers to some very big questions. What you should try to keep in mind is that we all have a baseline level of happiness – the point to which we invariably return.

In this way, happiness can be viewed as a cyclical process, which means all you need to do is take the time in each day to do something just for you.

The Science of Happiness

This series takes a more personable approach and shows real people making a real effort to improve the good vibes Do You Want To Improve Your Life? Let These 5 Sites Help Do You Want To Improve Your Life? Let These 5 Sites Help Seriously, we want you to follow through on your resolutions, become new and improved, and lead a more productive life. Here are five sites which will inspire you to a better life. Read More in their lives. If happiness is a learned skill as mentioned at the beginning of this guide, you will be hard pressed to find a more inspired example of happiness in action.

These videos illustrate how the brain can be rewired for positivity by simply celebrating the small wins and not taking the losses to heart. Practicing empathy and gratitude forms a major part of this strategy and, while they will start out as a mental exercises, they’ll begin to feel like second nature soon enough.

How to Work Happier

If you asked a stranger what they do, they’re likely to reply with their job title and this speaks to people’s priorities in modern society. It becomes harder and harder to separate our work lives from our personal lives and that’s why this TED series has made the list.

There’s nothing wrong with putting in the work but it shouldn’t come at the expense of feeling at least some semblance of joy. Psychologists and career experts provide their thoughts on ways you can keep from watching the clock — something everyone should do less.

This Emotional Life

Believe it or not, there is a science to what makes people happy and unhappy and the good news is that researchers are finding out that happiness is a choice; it is an inclusive emotion available to all.

This series says it best when it says that happiness is decidedly simple — it’s about tipping the scales in favor of your preferred emotional state. Being satisfied with where you are in life is half the battle, provided you can enjoy the challenges that life brings your way.

PBS has compiled a great collection that rounds out the spectrum and will get you thinking about what you might need to change and what you might need to accept.

A Formula for Happiness

Questions from a live audience at the Aspen Institute are answered by Arthur C. Brooks over four compelling clips that should leave a lasting impression. It’s the program’s goal to shed light on the perceived boundaries of happiness and whether we’re standing in our own way.

Speaking of goals, you might be wondering if they’re actually necessary for happiness to be realized. While we’d have no way to gauge the success of our achievements, they can affect our state of mind if the ones we set are unrealistic. That said, you won’t want to lower the bar either.

Find What Makes You Happy and Stick to It

At the end of the day, happiness is where and what you make it and if these videos aren’t enough to ignite a fire there’ll be others on the Internet that will. The fact that you’ve come here in the first place is a step in the right direction.

Now it’s up to you to take the next step, and the next one after that. With any luck, you’ll be able to find your right path to a happy life Illuum: Effectively Track Your Happiness & Goals Illuum: Effectively Track Your Happiness & Goals Read More in the near future.

How do you define happiness for yourself? 

Image Credit: Julia Caesar

  1. Ali Khan
    July 27, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Downloading all the videos in this article as offline viewing on youtube. Will watch it daily when travelling to my office. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Kelsey Tidwell
    July 26, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    So sad that some people have to actually learn to be happy.

  3. Brad Merrill
    July 25, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Great article, Kayla.

    I love this quote by the Buddha: "There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path."

  4. Pravin S
    July 24, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Much needed one, Kayla..

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