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Indb 37 25/07/2012 10:22 38 Positive Psychology in a Nutshell Who is happy? The answer is simple but a little unexpected – almost everyone. 75. So, people are generally more happy than they are unhappy (Myers, 2000). Between 84 and 89 per cent of Americans, for example, score themselves above neutral in happiness inventories. g. Bulgaria, Russia, Belarus, Latvia), where the average is somewhere close to 5 on a 10-point scale (Argyle, 2001). Who is not happy? The same groups usually have the lowest happiness ratings, including: those who have recently lost their partners, clients new to therapy, hospitalized alcoholics, new inmates and students under political repression.
A word of warning here – unravelling cause and effect is not easy. Although these correlates are often considered to be the causes of happiness, they may as well be its consequences. For example, it may be that having good friends brings happiness or that those who are happy attract good friends. e. indb 44 25/07/2012 10:22 Happiness and Subjective Well-being 45 Happiness and personality A meta-analysis of 148 studies by DeNeve and Cooper found that, of 137 personality characteristics that had been studied (as of 1996), the following were moderately predictive of happiness: trust, emotional stability, locus of control (what happens to me is the result of my effort rather than luck, chance or fate), desire for control, hardiness (feelings of control, commitment and challenge), absence of tension, self-esteem, absence of neuroticism (undue anxiety), extraversion (being outgoing), agreeableness (easy to get along with), and repressiveness-defensiveness in the face of life difficulties.
Your score, which will range from 8 to 32, should show how hopeful you are. Don’t worry about Questions 3, 5, 7 and 11 – they are simply distracters and should not be counted towards the final result. Read on to find out how positive psychology views hope and what can be done to increase it. indb 26 25/07/2012 10:22 Optimism and Hope 27 Is there any hope? Hope is a construct that is closely related to optimism, although the two are not identical. , 2004). To put it more simply, we feel hopeful if we: (a) know what we want, (b) can think of a range of ways to get there and (c) start and keep on going.
Positive Psychology in a Nutshell: The Science of Happiness by Ilona Boniwell