Mental Health & Happiness

A friend of mine mediates every evening before he goes to sleep. By this, he focuses on his breathing, listens to his inner voice and allows positive as well as negative thoughts to pass by. Stressful events of the last few days or weeks seem to be now less overwhelming. Peace and relaxation are spreading in him. Breathing frequency, as well as blood pressure, is sinking. Since he mediates he sleeps better and nightmares are less frequent. He feels recovered and in a relaxed state of mind the next morning thus he starts his day.
An acquaintance of mine is an artist. She paints her emotions, feelings and even traumatising events. The result, however, is not an exact image of, for example, a tragedy. The colours rather reflect her mood and like that express her emotional state. Sometimes the colours are running quite softly into each other and other times the transitions occur very strikingly. By having her positive and negative emotions on canvas she is able to handle events by doing something that makes her happy. The painting is her passion and functions as a positive catalyst on her well-being.
The friend as well as the acquaintance possess such a strong positive appearance that the illusion arises that already standing next to them is enough to get a little bit happier.

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  • Prof. Dr. Andrew Oswald Professor of Economics, University of Warwick
  • Prof. Dr. Ronnie Schöb Professor for International Public Economics, Free University Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Ruut Veenhoven Emeritus Professor Social Conditions of Human Happiness, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Prof. Dr. Carmelo Vazquez President of the International Positive Psychology association
  • Prof. Dr. Marc Hassenzahl Folkwang University Essen
  • Dr. Martijn Burger Academic Director Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation
  • Dr. Adam Okulicz Kozaryn Researcher Rutgers University
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