Everyone wants to be happy. That is pretty self-evident. Regardless of the specific problems clients come to see me about-whether it is depression, anxiety or other similar problems, all of these problems represent a lack of happiness. Depression, for instance, can be conceived of as an all pervading, global lack of happiness. Anxiety, a more specific lack of happiness in certain situations.
So, given happiness is such a global goal, how do we achieve it? There are many, many self-help articles and blogs on this topic. However, we are lucky too in that in the last 20 to 30 years there has been huge amounts of scientific research on this topic. We now know more than we ever have before about what can create happiness and what does not. And the results are surprising!