Happiness (from "The Science of Happiness", Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkley)
Most of us probably don’t believe we need a
formal definition of happiness--we know it when we feel it, and we often use the term to describe a range of positive emotions,
including joy, pride, contentment, and gratitude. But as Dacher suggested in his previous video, to understand the causes
and effects of happiness, researchers first need to define it. Many of them use the term interchangeably with “subjective
well-being,” which they measure by simply asking people to report how satisfied they feel with their own lives and how
much positive and negative emotion they’re experiencing.
In her 2007 book, The How of Happiness, positive psychology researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky
elaborates, describing happiness as “the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense
that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile.” That definition resonates with the focus of this program
and the approach the Greater Good Science Center takes toward happiness: It captures the fleeting positive emotions that come
with happiness, along with a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in life—and suggests how these properties of happiness
complement each other. Here are some of the terms that describe what scientists measure when they set out to measure happiness.
Life satisfaction: A general assessment that, as a whole, one's life is
good and worth living. Researchers usually measure life satisfaction by using the Satisfaction with Life Scale, developed
by University of Illinois professor Ed Diener and colleagues.
Positive affect: A technical term to describe the experience of feeling a positive emotion, such as
joy, love, or amusement. As Dr. Lyubomirsky notes above, positive affect is an important ingredient to happiness and is sometimes
used synonymously with happiness, though it generally refers to a fleeting emotional state rather than an enduring way of
being. It is often measured using the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS).
Subjective well-being: As mentioned above, researchers often use this term interchangably
with happiness, perhaps because it sounds more precise and scientific. It refers to the way people evaluate their lives, in
terms of both their global life satisfaction and emotional states--i.e., it is often assessed by measuring life satisfaction
and positive affect. It is strongly tied to positive health.
WHAT IS SOUND
Sound Healing is based on scientific evidence that everything is vibration
with varying associeted frequencies.
In Gibson's book, The Complete Guide to Sound Healing, David has designed a theory of how vibration works in
the body, mind and emotions that is based on empirical evidence and research over the last 20 years. This theory explains
a hierarchy of vibration.
The hierarchy consists of the following:
timbres, intervals and chords over time)
Intervals and Chords
Timbres (Many frequencies or harmonics)
This hierarchy can be found at every level of reality including not only sound, but also in light,
color, geometry and the quantum field. It is also the basis of all Living Systems - including the body and the earth's
Based on the hierarchy
of vibration, frequencies and timbres are components that make up a "flow." It is like frequencies are the
particles that carry the flow of energy through a system. The frequency particles must be vibrating consistently
in a coherent fashion in order to receive and transmit a smooth flow of energy. Therefore, at the frequency level, it
is all about getting things "humming" consistently or coherent. Sometimes we breakup discordant or chaotic frequencies;
sometimes we entrain or harmonize them back into a coherent, consistent state of vibration. Regardless, the ultimate
goal is always to get back to "smooth flow." Smooth flow is the essence of health in the body - at every
level physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
SOUND HEALING TECHNIQUES
Here is a list of Sound Therapy techniques offered in our Sound Therapy Center. For more
detail on each of the techniques CLICK HERE to visit our Sound Therapy Center.
- Root Frequency Entrainment
- Vibroacoustic Therapy (Olav Skille)
- Voice Bio (Kae Thompson-Liu)
- Sound Healing with the
- Neurophone Therapy (Patrick Flanagan)
- Chakra Balancing
- Sound Design for the Soul (Custom CD Design)
- Computer Voice Analysis (Don Estes)
- Bio-Tuning (Jeffrey Thompson)
- HydroAcoustic Therapy
- Tibetan/Crystal Bowl Massage
Sound health work is now becoming more and more accepted in the mainstream. There are two distinct areas:
1) Sound and music for meditation, relaxation, learning, and productivity, and
2) The use of sound for medical uses.