Öznur Şahin
Week 5 / 25.10.2014
P4 / S3
THE PARADOX OF HAPPINESS
Recent researches reveal that happiness and unhappiness are two different feelings that rise and fall independently.The recognation that feelings of happiness and unhappiness can coexist much like love and hate in a close relationship may offer valuable clues on how to lead a happier life.It suggests changing or avoiding things that make you miserable may make you less miserable but probably won`t make you any happier.That advice is backed up by an extaordinary series of studies which indicate that a genetic predisposition for happiness may run in certain families.In a number of studies of identical and fraternal twins, researchers have examined the role genetic plays in happiness and unhappiness.The work suggests that altough no one is really born to be happy, sadness may run in families.
In one University of Southern California study, psychologist Laura Baker and colleagues compared 899 individuals who had taken several commonly used tests for happiness and unhappiness.The men and women included 105 pairs of identical and fraternal twins as well as grandparents, parents and young adult offspring from more than 200 other families.Then in another study at the University of Minnesota, twins(some raised together and others who had grown up apart) were tested for awide range of personality traits.In terms of happiness identical twins who were seperated soon after birth were considerably less alike than twins raised together.But when it came to unhappiness, the twins raised apart were as sim,lar as those who`d grown up together.both these studies implies a genetic component.This dosen`t mean taht some people born to be sad and that`s that.You can increase your happiness through your own actions.In a series of experiments at Arizona State University ıt was asked from students to select their favorite activities from a list of everyday pleasures.Then it was asked to increase the number of favorite activities they participated in for one month.Result: Those who did more the thigns they enjoyed were happier than those who didn`t.The conclusion is that the plesure we get from life is largely ours to control.