Reflections on Happiness
One of my favourite things to do as a professor is to stay after class and talk to students about what hit home for them about each week’s lecture.
Students look at the world in a very unique way.
Motivating me to think about psychology at a whole different level.
Especially when it comes to FOMO and happiness.
“FOMO is an acronym for fear of missing out, which is a feeling of anxiety that manifests itself in various ways, from a brief pang of envy to more intense feelings of self-doubt or inadequacy.” Source: Macmillan Dictionary
In the video below I share the insightful questions students asked after class about happiness and social comparison.
— Specifically: What deters happiness? What contributes to happiness?
Each question underscoring the famous quote by Theodore Roosevelt: “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
Happiness, FOMO, and Social Comparison
FOMO and measuring happiness against each other’s’s lowlight reel / difficult times and highlight reel / celebratory times was also an active discussion on social media today.
After watching the happiness video posted on YouTube, Jenna (facetofacewiththesky) shared the following observations:
How would you answer the questions asked by my students in class today:
- What are 2 deterrents to happiness?
- What are 2 contributors to happiness?
- How is your happiness influenced by other people’s highlights and lowlights?
- What simple changes can you make today to enhance your happiness?
The way I see it —
True Contentment Comes from Being Satisfied with Your Life Independent of Everyone Else