What is Positive Psychology and Why is it Important?

Why is positivity important? Until the 21st century, it wasn’t. We have a revolution in our midst. Positive psychology is the new kid on the block, facing off against 100 years of diagnostic psychology.

Science is quantitative. What the science of happiness asks is whether there is one number that will determine if a person is happy? “If you have this much A, you should be happy?”

Think about the dashboard of an airplane, is there one number that tells you how an airplane is doing? Well, it turns out there isn’t for us. There are a whole bunch of gauges, and depending on the mission of the airplane, you pay more attention to one gauge than another. So if you’re trying to fly from Chicago to New York as quickly as possible, then the speedometer is what matters. If you’re trying to get there as comfortably as possible, then the radar is what matters. If you’re trying to get there as economically as possible, then it’s the gas gauge that matters.

This article answers:

  • What is positive psychology
  • The amount of money you need to be happy
  • What will psychology look like in 2050
  • New psychology practices
  • New psychology theories
  • Why this is a big deal

Since 1999, American science has sought to answer stuff like “what is happiness?” “can we change our happiness levels?” and “how much money do I need to be happy?”

Modern psychology lends serious attention to questions such as “what is happiness?” “can we change our happiness levels?” and “how much money do I need to be happy?”

Timeline of Positive psychology showing how positivity became important by asking why Wisdom, Hope, and Creativity matter

Think of positive psychology as the science dedicated to researching how we can live our best life. Positive psychology calls for a switch in focus toward progress, strength, and happiness.

At the same time, it would be unfair to describe traditional psychology as “negative.” There is no such thing as “negative psychology.” “Negative,” in this case, simply refers to focusing on mental disorders and diagnosing the mentally ill.

Amount of money you need to be happy

We have known for over a decade that there is a sort of perfect ‘happiness’ salary, but more recently, a 2018 study from Purdue University used data from the Gallup World Poll to find that the ideal income point for individuals is $95,000 for life satisfaction and $60,000 to $75,000 for emotional well-being

  • Ideal income for life satisfaction: $95,000
  • Ideal income for emotional well-being: $60,000 – $70,000

What will psychology look like in 2050?

Normalization of therapy

A majority of normal people will tell you they go to therapy every week or two without a trace of shame. The future of psychological therapy will be much more “normal.”

The whole point of a psychologist is s/he isn’t supposed to judge you, yet when you walk out of a therapists office in 2020, you often leave with a prescription sheet that describes you to a sharply uncomfortable degree.

Something has to give.

The cool thing about the recent developments in psychology is how ambitious they are. Our generation wants more. Avoiding unhappiness is not enough anymore, and it is not likely to return to being enough in the near-future. Recent developments in psychology have moved away from curing diseases and toward studying happiness, thriving, and satisfaction.

Lifehacks and self-education

Learning psychology doesn’t have to happen in a classroom. It is enough to enroll in an online course.

British thinktank Demos came up with the term “pro am” to describe the surging new demographic of amateurs with professional abilities sourced from the internet.

Think of the guys who learn to build a car from YouTube.

By 2050, there will be millions of psychology pro ams who take their mental wellness into their own hands.

New Psychology Practices | 2020

The most famous “treatment” to come from positive psych has to do with gratitude. We call positive psychology treatments “keychains” since they are like keys that unlock a stronger and happier life.

Keychain benefits include:

  • + Happiness and Spirituality
  • + Intimacy at Home
  • + Productivity in your Routine

+ Happiness and Spirituality | The Gratitude Keychain

Real Life Example

This is a deceptively simple practice. The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology says that it leads to six months of increased happiness for both parties, on average.

You just write a one-page thank you note to somebody who wouldn’t expect it and then read it out loud to them.

This practice is reported to disconnect us from toxic, negative emotions. The study found that gratitude keychains also brings both parties an increase in measurable Spirituality.

+ Intimacy at Home | The Response Keychain

creds @Frank McKenna on Unsplash

Do you and your partner sleep together less than you used to? Does fighting seem unavoidable? Believe it or not, there’s an easy trick that is EVEN MORE effective at solving these problems than roses and chocolates (although a little romance doesn’t hurt!)

It is called active constructive responding or the Response Keychain

This is a technique for being a better listener.

When our partner comes to us with good news, it turns out that getting excited for her and responding with enthusiasm is only the SECOND best way to respond. The FIRST BEST way to respond is by bringing her back to that exciting moment.

For example, if your boyfriend tells you he wrecked a top-ranked player on Call of Duty, your goal should be make him feel as close to the initial feeling of triumph as possible. I might say: “What map was it on? What guns were you guys using? You should make a Twitch account and get a milli subscribers!”

+ Productivity in your Routine | The Laughter Keychain

Positive psychology in the workplace is important because it leads to happier and more productive workers, among many other benefits
creds @Austin Distel on Unsplash

Corporate team-building events don’t have to be like pulling teeth. Laughter Games with your office mates can bring everyone closer and bring physical benefits for the entire office’s well-being. The Laughter Keychain consists of a new kind of office games designed to disinhibit colleagues and bring teams closer together.

Laughter is the physical manifestation of joy and well-being. It’s a discharge of raw positive energy that can be defined as a psycho-physical reaction.

A few ways of using the Laughter Keychain are balloon fights, office video game squads, and office social events.

Laughter facts:

  • It uses up to 50 facial muscles
  • It uses around 300 muscles in your entire body
  • Fake smiles are called Duchenne Smiles, and they don’t use the eyes as much as real smiles

New Psychology Theories | 2020

Expect a ton of research into how positivity affects the brain. The science of the mind will enhance positivity in the workplace

According to former APA President Martin Seligman, subjective well-being is made up of three balances that we must maintain to develop deep, lasting satisfaction and to thrive in general. 

  1. The Pleasant Life 

refers to basic pleasures that come from the senses.

Examples: Eating good food, living an exciting life, and being mindful. 

2. The Good Life 

refers to discovering and routinely using your personal strengths and virtues to enhance your life.

Example: A depressed cashier who scores very high on Social Intelligence rearranges his priorities and habits so that his personal goal becomes making every customers’ interaction with him the highlight of that person’s day.

3. The Meaningful Life 

refers to the deep satisfaction that comes from feeling you are a part of something greater than yourself

Examples: Music festivals, religion, family, sports teams

Conclusion

Have you heard of these theories before? Drop a comment and let us know.

Many psychology aficionados like myself get too hung up on fallacies and disorders. This way of looking at the science of the mind makes it easier for us to accept ourselves as we are — equally equipped with Strengths and weaknesses.

What is a Way to Make $331 by Knowing Philosophy

Knowledge of Memetics + Stock trading account = $300+ 🥱💲

For the entire month of March, 2020, the stock market was in the sh*tter. It was a month of uncertainty and fear.

So why on earth, heaven, and hell did I spent $400 as a broke blogger on some shell company I heard about on TikTok? A company that literally had $0 in earnings, by the way.

The answer can be found in philosophy. Laugh all you want, but understanding the concept of memetics is what turned those $400 into $731.

How I Married My Philosophy with the Stock Market

The company I bought into, VectoIQ, was a shell company that literally only had one purpose, to buy another company. It didn’t produce anything valuable by itself. On March 3, it announced it had found its prey. The company it would be purchasing was to be Nikola Motors.

Nobody was actually interested in VectoIQ, but those of us who heard about the merger announcement were very excited about the “prey”.

The philosophy part has to do with what the name of the company is, by the way.

Nikola Motors, aka $NKLA, is one of the first major hydrogen vehicle companies. It has a deal with Anheuser-Busch for 800 zero-emission 18-wheelers. For context, Tesla’s deal with the beer company is only 40 trucks.

In March, I was one of only about 12,000 investors who had heard of the merger deal. The price was only about $10. By the time I bought in May, the trading price for VectoIQ was $20. The price after the merger in July reached $78 per share.

All told, I made $331 in profit.

(It takes 1.5 months for the boy to nut up 😁)

What is My Philosophy and How Did it Make Me $331?

The logic behind my willingness to buy this stock comes down to a branch of philosophy that studies memes. Yes, really.

I first read about this idea in The Game by Neil Strauss. Mystery mentions it in passing at one point while blacked out on a couch in Vegas. It’s called memetics.

Memetics describes how an idea can propagate successfully, but doesn’t necessarily imply a concept is factual.

Wikipedia

Memes are much deeper and more powerful than we realize. As we casually fling cat videos everywhere, we don’t understand that we are actually engaging in a form of cultural natural selection.

What is a meme? It’s a slice of culture that is characterized by reproducing very very effectively. Memes are the cultural equivalent of rats (not casting judgement here. I’m just saying rats can make 1,250 babies in one year)

The Practical Application of Memetics

Since Tesla came on the scene, everyone who knows about the 20th century inventor Nikola Tesla is already associating his name with electric vehicles.

I knew this would mean that another company that makes a similar product to Tesla could easily go viral with a name like Nikola. Turns out, I was right.

Today, NKLA is literally called a meme stock within certain Reddit communities (ahem /r/wsb). They’re not wrong. They just don’t know exactly how right they are.

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Love Poems >> Play Videogames With Your Roommates

Originally it was the hearth
where we converged
to gaze at other eyes
and mesmerized
clasp hands by the fire.

Then what was it?

Maybe … A radio set
or talk show
blipping signals to our great grandfathers.
Were those even ones and zeros?
Idk …
I’m 22-years-old-and-tired.

Then what was it?

For sure
I know of the ol’ television screens
which became another meeting point
at the house of Mick McGuire.


And now where are we?

We console ourselves with gamer tags, pcs and outlets
often not together in anything but mind.
They know though,
that true commune means a smidgeon more
when friends chatter over a living fire.

Robinson Crusoe is a Good Negative Role Model

Robinson Crusoe is a British guy who gets stranded on an island after selling the Black guy who helps him escape from pirates. It is considered a contender for the first British novel.

Philosophy >> Morals >> Negative Role Models

Who has impacted you more: The person you think of when you think of whom you don’t want to be, or your hero?

It’s not an easy call. I couldn’t tell you my own answer.

Heroes are important. No doubt. Goes without saying, really, but rarely is the importance of the villain vocalized. It’s true that we would never get anywhere without Simba, but sometimes it is all we can do to Not Be A Scar. That is normal. It does not make you a bad person. 

Negative Role Models

Adding fuel to this argument is the element of Lowest Common Denominators (LCDS) — the LCDs of a society. The LCDs of understanding a hero will have serious obstacles to overcome in order to be like the hero. The path of least resistance for these folks, and many people, really, is to simply avoid rather than seek. And although it is an incomplete path, there is nothing wrong with where it leads.

For more clarification on what it means to be an LCD, check out the attached link.

Some people, including a lot of kids and teens, might not understand all the deep virtues in a complex story, but they WILL understand that being the bad guy gets them nowhere.

The Point

So why would a proud South American recommend that you read an annoying book about how the British colonizer successfully converted South American cannibal savages into proper Christian citizens?

Well, it is because there are people whom I accept are a part of me who I very strongly do not want to be like. However, my solution is not to detach myself from the negative role model entirely. Frankly, it would be really nice to raise the LCDs and the negative role models.

Of course that leads to a whole other discussion about Absolute Progress.

culture from The Future

Will it be flying cars or extensive underground tunnels? This article will discuss neither sci-fi nor Mad Max dystopia. Prepare for powerful propositions about the people, places, and predilections of the near-future.

Culture >> What Will 2030 Look Like?

If you sat a million people in a room and asked each one what superpower they would pick, you would find that strangely enough, all of the entrepreneurs, investors, and racetrack gamblers would ask for the same exact thing: Knowing what will happen next.

Location: a college party in 2030

About 30 college kids sit in a living room lit by a skating tricks compilation on YouTube while listening to Baby Yankee, the latest reggaeton sensation who made his name by parodying the classic songs of Daddy Yankee.

2 of them are on coke, 4 are soberish, 16 are tipsy or drunk, and 20 of them are smoking weed.

Millennials and Gen Zs have the highest IQs in history, according to James Flynn, the psychologist who popularized the “Flynn Effect,” which is the theory that states that competing forces influence our intellect throughout our life.

Basically, the explanation for this phenomenon is that people have never been better fed or had easier access to high-quality education. The main source of education for millions of kids around the world is and wil continue to be the internet. The outcome of a new kind of home-education is already expressing itself in interesting and unexpected ways.

The following are three odd things you might notice at a college party in 2030:

parties from The Future will be smaller

The reason is that Gen Zs (born after millennials) have a lot of alternatives to what we consider a conventional party. These include gaming, obviously, but they also include hanging out at a legal weed or kava bar.

parties from The Future will be healthier

The explanation for this is simple. There has never been a good reason not to, aside from your friends calling you names. Teens today are acutely aware that drinking a gallon of sweet sweet H2O a day will elevate your mood, sharpen your mind, fix bad breath, cure headaches, and keep your lips from chafing when you go in for the kiss.

parties from The Future will have famous people

Having a well-known personal brand has become so valuable that we have made up a job title for this kind of casual fame. The college party of 2030 will feature A LOT of wannabe influencers.

Location: a Manhattan kitchen in 2030:

The cabinet is filled with exotic powders and shorteners. The shelves are lined with cookbooks that name recipes from intriguing countries like Peru, South Korea, and Sri Lanka.

The kitchen of 2030 will be stocked by health-conscious people who weigh nutrition over taste. Luckily, there are a lot of interesting options.

Telltale signs of this phenomenon has can be observed by the proliferation of publicly traded nutritional supplement companies that sell no actual food such as Herbalife, Cyanotech, and Natural Alternatives International.

the kitchen from The Future will be more green

The overarching shift will be in the tastiness and market reach of already healthy food “genres” like tea, kombucha, yogurt, and nut butters. It is no coincidence that Impossible Food, a company that researches and manufactures meat substitutes, came out as one of the top brands of CES 2020.

In 2030, not only will the individual be well-informed about the kinds of inputs the human body needs, but of equal importance, their peers will also be well-informed. This will lead to consumers dedicating their basket toward whatever is perceived as optimally healthy with a few exceptions for pleasure, rather than the other way around.

The Office:

Many people will opt to work from home. In 2012, 39% of Americans worked from home. In 2019, that percentage was up to 43% with no indications of slowing. Human resources in 2030 will be under pressure to create a business culture for their CEO in a world where more than half of the employees are names on the screen. There are many opportunities here for AR and VR companies to develop niches.

Once 5G arrives though, nothing will be the same. This amplified internet has the potential to sweep office culture out the front door. In 2030, your boss could easily be the hologram of a guy in China.

Although offices may change, they will not disappear. Definitely not by 2030, in any case. Co-working spaces with social agendas and open floor plans market themselves as an alternative to cubicles. WeWork itself may not be profitable, but the companies that create products for co-working spaces are to the third industrial revolution what shovel salesmen were to the 1848 California Gold Rush.

The following are products that have been positioned as staples of the co-working ecosystem.

the office of The Future is communal

The cubicle model was created for cramped cities that don’t give a fig about their inhabitants. That mentality is long-gone by 2030. Co-working spaces have been on the rise for a decade now and a new culture has risen with it.

the office from The Future will have drinks on tap

The patrons of co-working spaces are often millennials with a concern for nutrition. In the office, this translates to the omnipresent barrel of kombucha and the accompanying keg of craft beer. As the popularity of this style of management spreads, there will be other options such as CBD, matcha, and kratom.

the office of the future has a retro pinball machine

Just because the party of 2030 has less people than you might expect does not mean folks in the future don’t know how to have fun.

Inspired by the Face-Tattooed Maori

If God exists he must be tatted.
After all,
what is a face tattoo
but a commitment to your faith?

The idea of an officials’ wet stamp
smushing paper
is an old one.

It relates to irrevocability.
It relates to visibility.
In a way,
even personal pride.

That was how they’d formalize
in olden times 👴
is what I mean to say —
even currency.

Poem About Richard Spencer

This poem is about how everybody thinks they are the good guy.

Warnings >> Nazis >> Confusion

Don’t twist your definitions

beyond recognition

or you will be sorry.

People may pass each other on the street

and say

“Wow. That fella sure is sorry.”

Others may empathize.

You may gain a following

as you walk.

You are the author

of a little world.

But be warned,

keep it straight, man.

Make it Good.

Or you could turn into Richard Spencer,

self-taught “racist Nazi,”

seeking abominable regime.