Happiness (from "The Science of Happiness",
Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkley)
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. You'll encounter
them across studies of happiness featured in this program.
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.
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).
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
Radiant Consciousness eCoaching
focuses on subjective spiritual well-being. Having a spiritual dimension to our lives can make us happier. But can we discover
spirituality or does it find us? Spiritual wisdom doesn't need to involve myth and mysticism; nor does it necessarily have
to be linked to organized religion, although people with strong religious faith often experience high levels of well-being.
Living happily depends on how we are in our inner lives - our thoughts, emotions, beliefs and
desires. Having a spiritual dimension means finding a sense of inner peace - both peace of mind and peace in the heart. It
also means allowing our inner values to guide how we interact with the world around us - our concern for others, our connection
with the natural world and our interst in making a positive contribution to society. Radiant Consciousness
eCoaching begins by having persons embrace their potential for spiritual growth, linking with the Higher Self, and working
with Radiant Energy. They take small steps as they appear, grow in harmony with nature and the planet, and then align with
the higher vibrations this practice brings.
Because of the new, massive influx of Radiant Energy, the levels of consciousness are evolving.
The beginning stages of this consciousness are centered activating the lower energy centers to ultimately open Heart
Chakras. The new thrust is challenging all of us to open our Heart Chakras and bring this spiritual heart and the
physical heart into a higher vibration. This allows each of us to become radiating sources of Energy. Much as the earth generates
its own magnetic field continuously, we will generate a Radiant Aura and Spiritual Power that will assist us to
engender greater levels of happiness. Our intellectual minds will still be strong but blend more with our intuitive
minds. We will find ourselves drawn to those things that are creative and challenge us to reach into deeper
levels of our being. We will want to have the ability to select what comes into our fields
of awareness, be able to stay centered, understand and detach from views and beliefs that aren’t in harmony with our
Highest Good. Aligning with Higher States of Consciousness will enable the use our power to lift ourselves and others
higher and to reach goals more rapidly.
What happens during the Radiant Consciousness eCoaching sessions?
Through a variety of tools that
help facilitate the process, the coach discusses values, ethics, existence, consciousness, free will, the soul, notions of
oneness and sacredness, spirituality and natural laws amongst other concepts. In essence, Radiant
Consciousness eCoaching is aimed at helping us set attainable goals and achieve them. Radiant Consciousness eCoaching
is somewhat different from traditional coaching in that it goes a bit deeper. It helps us go beyond setting goals
by looking at those goals that will truly serve our Higher Purpose, that are aligned with who we are, and that
make sense to us, specifically. Radiant Consciousness eCoaching always takes into consideration our
spiritual existence as part of discovering our life’s purpose. While not everybody believes in the same Higher Power,
typically there is a level of connection, balance and harmony between our inner self and our goals so they
are in congruence with what we are really meant to be and do in life.
There is no doubt that we are living in turbulent
and ever changing times. Radiant Consciousness eCoaching is for those who feel confused and anxious, are going through a crisis,
a transition or have questions as to the purpose of their existence. Based on this, we can safely say that Radiant Consciousness
eCoaching is about knowing who we are and what we are here for. When we discover our
true purpose, life will make sense and smile back at us.
Let’s remember that we all
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