Magazine article Work & Family Life

More Research on the Sources of Happiness

Magazine article Work & Family Life

More Research on the Sources of Happiness

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What makes for ioy in life and how tan we set the stage for our children to find happiness throughout their lives? Researchers have explored different aspects of these questions-and here's what their studies have revealed.

IN HIS BOOK "Adaptation to Life and the Wisdom of the Ego," George Vaillant has found that how a person deals with stress is pivotal-and that it, too, can be learned. The goal for parents should not be to prevent stress in a child's life but rather to help the child learn healthy ways of accommodating it.

RESEARCHER AND AUTHOR Mihaly Csikszentniihalyi has brought us the concept of "flow," that state of mind when you become one with what you are doing-when the challenge an activity poses and your skill are both high. For example, an expert skier finds "flow" when he or she is skiing the toughest slope. …

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