According to a new science of positive psychology from Harvard University, happiness is not something that depends on external factors, such as money, fame, or success. Happiness is something that depends on internal factors, such as thoughts, emotions, and actions. Happiness is something that you can choose, practice, and master.
The new science of positive psychology is based on the research and teachings of Professor Tal Ben-Shahar, who has been dubbed as “the happiness guru” by his students and followers. Professor Ben-Shahar has developed a course called “Positive Psychology 1504: The Science of Happiness”, which has become the most popular course in Harvard’s history, attracting thousands of students every year.
Professor Ben-Shahar claims that by following his course and doing his exercises and assignments, students can increase their happiness levels by up to 50%. He says that his course is not only based on scientific evidence, but also on personal experience.
“Happiness is not a destination, but a journey. Happiness is not a gift, but a choice. Happiness is not a privilege, but a right. Happiness is not a luxury, but a necessity. Happiness is not a mystery, but a science. Happiness is possible for everyone,” Professor Ben-Shahar said.
However, not everyone is impressed by Professor Ben-Shahar’s course and claims. Some critics have expressed skepticism and criticism about his work.
Dr. Richard Smith, a professor of psychology at Yale University, said that Professor Ben-Shahar’s course is “simplistic” and “unscientific”.
“Positive psychology is not a real science. It is a pseudoscience that cherry-picks data and ignores evidence that contradicts its claims. It is based on anecdotes and testimonials, not on rigorous experiments and peer reviews. It is more like a self-help book than a scientific textbook,” Dr. Smith said.