What Makes You Happy?

I’ve found him! I’ve found the Guru on the mountain top; Dr. Ed Diener who is considered the world authority on human happiness! Dr. Diener is a psychologist and author who has been studying happiness for over twenty-five years. According to Wikipedia, his publications have been cited over 76,000 times!

In this interview, he shares some of what he’s learned about human happiness. I don’t want to spoil it for you but I will point one of the many things I learned from watching it.

According to Dr. Diener, one of the keys to happiness is;  “Having social relationships, giving to others, having people you can count on.”

Hmmm…. could he be talking about community?

Watch the video if you want to see how marriage and parenthood play into a happy life, if they do at all. Hear what he says about living near a green space, learning new things, commuting to work, being creative and having the perfect job.

Does happiness mean a life without problems? You already know the answer to that, but hearing it from the happiness expert, well, it makes it worth the climb up the mountain.

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About The Author


I am passionate about writing and community building. I’ve written a book about healing and happiness, The Happy Place, as well as a Community Building book, Sounding the Drum: Community Building in the Digital Age, now available at any Amazon store. I’ve been through life changes that I thought were the end of my world, but I’m still here. I never know what will happen next. Isn’t that what makes life interesting?