Learning Happiness...

10 12 2012

...IS possible!

Every day a little bit and sometimes a little bit more - like I did last weekend.

I signed up for a workshop at the Fritz-Schubert-Instituts where teachers and people with other professions learn to teach students "happiness".

No - I am NOT joking! :-)

It's true and it's really interesting and fun. I like to attend the workshop for personal growing, inspiration and adventure - can't say, if I will ever "teach" it - for now I will just go with the flow...

We already have some schools in Germany who offer "happiness" as a subject in their curricula! And what a great idea to teach it to the young, right?

So, from time to time I will let you know what I have personally learned so far in the "happiness" field.

Like everything here on the blog, it is meant to be as an inspiration, a little poke for an exchange of ideas and not scientific proven research.

We all strive after happiness - at least Aristoteles said so - and I guess we would all agree, that a successful life makes us happy.

But everybody has an own definition of what an "successful life" looks like.

It is a good idea to start with the question: What kind of human do I want to be? What ethics and moral will I live by?

Virtues and your individual character strengths will help answering those questions. 

Virtues? Sounds like dust bunnies and 'be home by 9pm',right?

Let's see. Scientists agreed on six virtues and 24 character strengths.

These character strengths determine, how you personally live and experience those six virtues in your daily life.

If your name doesn't start with 'Super' and doesn't end with 'hero', then most likely you will be- like the rest of us- not top of the pop in All 24 character strengths. Normally, one will have four to five so called 'signature strengths'.

Once you figured out and identified your personal signature strengths, you should try to consciously apply them in all areas of life. With a little exercise this should supposed to be an easy process, because those signature strengths are naturally given to you. And if something flows easily and effortless out and around - then everything feels inspired and exhilarated in blissful delight. You will experience to be in the 'FLOW'. You will experience HAPPINESS.

And since "Being-in-the-flow" is an active behavior in the present, it also determines the effect of the past, or in other words: you are free to shape the present positively and won't be determined by the past.

Here are the 6 virtues with its 24 character strengths:

1st Virtue: wisdom / knowledge
associated character strengths: creativity, curiosity, discernment, love of learning, being able to give good advice

2nd Virtue: courage (to overcome internal and external opposition or anxiety)
associated character strengths: authenticity / integrity ( honesty), bravery, perseverance, enthusiasm

3rd Virtue: compassion
associated character strengths: kindness, loyalty, empathy

4th Virtue: justice
associated character strengths: fairness, leadership ability, teamwork,

5th Virtue, moderation (for example: protection from extremes)
associated character strengths: forgiveness, humility, prudence, self-regulation

6th Virtue: transcendental (strengths here are meant to give meaning to life)
associated character strengths: a sense for beauty, gratitude, hope and optimism, humor, spirituality (= can feel attentiveness to a larger, more comprehensive reality)

It's not too complicated, right? Take your time - usually it's quite clear, which four or five strengths out of those 24 are your strongest. Yes, and then you might want to give the whole story a try - it's actually FREE! If humor does not belong to your signature strengths, I would definitely recommend adding at least a generous pinch of it...

Aren't those tickets great? They are from: Feine Billetterie 

Have a happy day,