changingminds.org

How we change what others think, feel, believe and do

| Menu | Quick | Books | Share | Search | Settings |

The ChangingMinds Blog!

 

ChangingMinds Blog! > Blog Archive > 28-Oct-11

 


Friday 28-Oct-11

Activism and happiness

Have you ever taken part in a political rally or demonstration? Have you championed a cause or railed loudly in arguments? Whether or not you consider yourself an 'activist' (and very few do), sticking up for what you believe, even in the face of strong opposition can, it seems, be good for you.

Psychologists Malte Klar and Tim Kasser surveyed hundreds of students, assessing both their happiness and whether they engaged in activism in any way. What they found was that activism is positively related to happiness. Why is this?

Consider the difference between an activist and an average person. Activists are more passionate and have clear meaning in their lives. They often have a strong social network of friends who care likewise. And they have little time for boredom. It seems quite likely they might be more happy.

Something the research also points out was that 'committed' activists were not any happier. This also makes sense as the more serious activists often seem frustrated or angry that their protests seem to fall on deaf ears. It is also generally true that if doing something makes you happy, then doing more does not necessarily make you happier. It's a non-linear relationship and it can help to understand the optimal happiness position.

A better place is to be passionate about the subject and so be passionate about the people with who you share the passion. With all that good feeling flying around, how can you not be happy?

Reference:

 Klar, M., & Kasser, T. (2009). Some Benefits of Being an Activist: Measuring Activism and Its Role in Psychological Well-Being. Political Psychology, 30 (5), 755-777


Your comment on this blog:

 

         Your name:
         Your email:

   Please enter code to the right:  
 

                      

 

Site Menu

| Home | Top | Quick Links | Settings |

| Disciplines | Techniques | Principles | Explanations | Theories |

| Blog! | Quotes | Guest articles | Analysis | Books | Links | Help |

| Contact | Caveat | About | Students | Webmasters | Awards | Guestbook | Feedback | Sitemap | Changes |

| Settings: | Computer layout | Mobile layout | Small font | Medium font | Large font |

 

You can buy books here

More Kindle books:

And the big
paperback book


Look inside

 

Please help and share:

 

Quick links

Disciplines

* Argument
Brand management
* Change Management
Coaching
+ Communication
Counseling
+ Game Design
+ Human Resources
+ Job-finding
* Leadership
+ Marketing
Politics
+ Propaganda
+ Rhetoric
* Negotiation
* Psychoanalysis
* Sales
Sociology
+ Storytelling
+ Teaching
* Warfare
Workplace design

Techniques

+ Assertiveness
* Body language
* Change techniques
* Closing techniques
+ Conversation
Confidence tricks
* Conversion
* Creative techniques
* General techniques
+ Happiness
+ Hypnotism
+ Interrogation
* Language
+ Listening
* Negotiation tactics
* Objection handling
+ Propaganda
* Problem-solving
* Public speaking
+ Questioning
+ Using repetition
* Resisting persuasion
+ Self-development
+ Sequential requests
Stress Management
* Tipping
Using humor
* Willpower

Principles

+ Principles

Explanations

* Behaviors
+ Beliefs
* Brain stuff
Conditioning
+ Coping Mechanisms
+ Critical Theory
+ Culture
+ Decisions
* Emotions
+ Evolution
Gender
+ Games
Groups
+ Identity
+ Learning
+ Meaning
Memory
+ Motivation
+ Models
* Needs
+ Personality
+ Power
* Preferences
+ Research
+ Relationships
+ SIFT Model
+ Social Research
Stress
+ Trust
+ Values

Theories

* Alphabetic list
* Theory types

And

- About
- Guest Articles
- Blog!
- Books
- Changes
- Contact
- Guestbook
- Links
- Quotes
- Students
- Webmasters

 

| Home | Top | Menu | Quick Links |

Changing Minds 2002-2014
Massive Content -- Maximum Speed