Affect Theory

I will go into the details of Affect Theory and Script Theory and the implications for us as individuals and social animals at a later time. In the mean time, here are some consequences of having less “stress” and being more at peace (from Sonja L @ the Greater Good Science Center).

You can read the paper HERE.


“There are tangible benefits┬áto being happy. A couple of colleagues of mine and I, actually wrote a paper where we

reviewed two hundred, twenty-five (225) studies. And we found that people who are happier,

and people who experience more positive emotions, make more money, and are more productive at

work, and are more creative at work, they are better leaders and negotiators; they are

more likely to get married… These are longitudinal studies, so, if I measure you happiness today,

and then come back ten (10), twenty (20) years from now, you are more likely to get married,

have fulfilling marriages, to have more social support, more friends.


Happy people are more philanthropic, they are more generous and kind to others. They

give more to charity, so, it is not the case that happy people are more, sort of, self-centered;

you could actually argue that they are more other-centered. Happier people are better

“Copers,” they are more resilient, and they are healthier; they have strong immune

systems. There is evidence they actually live longer.


Now of course the causal direction can both ways, right? So, marriage and good health

makes people happy. But, the research is now showing that it also goes the other direction.

Being happy leads you to have good things in your life, leads you to accrue positive

things. So, basically I am just arguing that the pursuit of happiness isn’t just about

pleasure, isn’t just about feeling good, or about hedonism. Being a happier person

can sort of, lead to a lot of other kinds of success in life.”

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