The How of Happiness written by Sonja Lyubormirsky Essay

            The How of Happiness written by Sonja Lyubormirsky. Who is Sonja Lyubormirsky and why did she write the book? Sonja Lyubormirsky is a professional psychologist and is a Professor of Psychology at University of California. She graduated as a Summa cum Laude in Harvard University, with Ph.D.

from Stanford University Sonja. She wrote the book to know what are the things that make people happy and why are some people happier than others?            In the book she enumerates the 12 Happiness Enhancing Strategies; two of these strategies came from Chapter 9: Taking Care of Your Body and Your Soul. Practicing religion and spiritually and taking care of your body.            In Chapter 9: Taking Care of Your Body and Your Soul, Sonja briefly explains the contents of the Chapter 9. Religious people are happier, healthier, and recover better from trauma. Many people who experience trauma doesn’t recover easily because they are afraid that what they experience will happen to them again. But with some people they recover easily because they spend their lives to religious activities and also they have faith in God.

Those active in their religions live longer with a variety of disease and are healthier in general. They are more active in religious activities and because of their faith they are happier in what they do in the church, temple or mosque. Spiritual people are happier, physically and mentally healthier, cope better, have more satisfying marriages, use drugs/alcohol less often, and live longer lives. People who are participating in religious activities spend more of their time in that kind of activities that using drugs, drinking alcohol. Almost seven out of ten Americans report praying every single day and only 6% report never praying. As everybody said praying is the way of talking to God. Being more faithful to God makes people happier. Meditation has been shown to be effective in patients with heart disease, chronic pain, skin disorders, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.

Meditating reduces stress, boosts positive mood, self-esteem, and feelings of control. Meditation is a way of relaxing the mind and also the spirit.This makes people more protected to diseases. Aerobic exercise has been shown to be just as effective as SSRIs in treating depression. Aerobics is a kind of exercise that helps to strengthen the body.

Physical activity is thought to boost happiness for several reasons: makes you feel in control of your body and health; offers potential for flow and can distract you from worries and ruminations; and can provide opportunities for social contact and thus reinforce social support and friendships and pretending to be happy can actually make you happier. Pretending to be happy has a psychological effect that really makes a person happy. What a person thinks will happens. And always think positive.            Why is this topic relevant to critical thinking? First what is critical thinking? Critical thinking is reading an article or paragraph with full understanding and not only reading it but also understands each sentence and always read between the lines. Like in Pretending to be happy can actually make you happy. If a person just read it that person cannot really understand and that person cannot explain the sentence but if a person will read between the lines that person will understand and explain briefly that  it is real just pretending to be happy makes you happy. This topic is relevant to critical thinking because being happy is also being healthy.

What you think it will happen that is why if a person is ill that person should think that he/she is healthy even if not because just thinking that he/she are healthy really makes you feel good.            Implicit Assumptions Questions:Why are some people happier than others?What are the things that make a person happy?Is lasting happiness attainable or just a dream?Is it possible to a person to become happier?Critical Thinking Question:What is positive Psychology?What are the benefits of happiness?Is being happy means having everything that you want?Is happiness a good thing?How can you explain the feeling of true happiness?This book is a gift to all those who have questioned their own well- being and want to take their happiness into their own hands. It is a changing way of understanding the true meaning of joy and happiness. This book is also a practical guide in attaining happiness.

This book has also big contributions in the field of psychology. It also offers a positive and empowering  way of sustaining a new level of joy in our lives.            The true meaning of happiness is not having everything that a person wants . Having good friends and making others happy is the true meaning of happiness. Happiness is good for the body, the soul and the mind.

Being active in religious activities taking care of other and helping other person can also make a person happy. Some people become happier if they can see their love ones happy. Ask your self are you happy?