• The Psychology of Happiness

  • By: Jaime Kurtz
  • Narrated by: Jaime Kurtz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (222 ratings)

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About the Creator and Performer

Jaime Kurtz is an Associate Professor of Psychology at James Madison University, where she teaches courses on Social Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Positive Psychology, and Psychological Research Methods. She received her B.A. from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and my M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Kurtz has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on happiness, and with bestselling author Sonja Lyubomirsky, she is co-author of Positively Happy: Routes to Sustainable Happiness, a workbook for putting happiness strategies into practice in everyday life. Her first solo-authored book, The Happy Traveler: Unpacking the Secrets of Better Vacations, was published in June of 2017 by Oxford University Press.
With the Institute for Brain Potential, Dr. Kurtz offers seminars on happiness and well-being to health-care professionals nationwide. In addition, she writes the popular Happy Trails online column for Psychology Today.
Always eager to merge her love of psychology and travel, Dr. Kurtz is the creator and director of Exploring the Good Life in Scandinavia. In this three-week summer program, she leads college students on a tour of two of the world’s happiest nations, Denmark and Sweden, where they observe and conduct interviews on cross-cultural differences in well-being, in addition to doing happiness-boosting exercises of their own.

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Very Good Use of Tjme

Some of the things taught in this book are very intuitive and others less so. Overall it is loaded with good advice and excellent insights! I highly recommend.

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simple, nothing new but easy to apply.

Well based on the quick test provided by the author I am more pessimist than optimist. I have made a lot of bookmark. Too bad it didn't come with pdf like other The Great Courses Audios I have. Still, I think there's a lot of good information to be learned and applied here. They're simple, nothing new but easy to apply.

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wow

These are things you never think about in this context and they are life-changing 😳

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good strategies

All the happy people I associate with use these strategies. The unhappy people don't.

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Overall worth the read

I’m typically not one to read books on happiness. However, I found the read to be engaging and thought provoking.

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Well read

Approachable and educational, an invitation to “try it” that is easy to do.
Jump in.

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Worth the listen, will unlock more happiness

Excellent material that explains what is happiness and what is needed to be able to feel it. Ended up with dozens of bookmarks

Loved how it explains the fact that forcing happiness does not help...so what helps? You first need to know what happiness is and then you will understand how to achieve it; this course does just that.

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Love it! It's not something you haven't heard but it's very well summirized and explained

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Light and to the point! great listen

I really enjoyed how simple the book is. Backing everything with research and good examples, along with the pleasant performance made me really enjoy it, and it gave me some really good pointers to help me improve my overall sense of well-being.

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Very helpful!

Thanks so much for this incredible audible. I’ve already put some of it in practice.

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  • 01-08-22

Practical advice and achievable goals

This book was well written and presented and is packed full of interesting insights backed up with statistics and evidence from other experts. It provides explanations for why we behave the way we do and how to practically and achievably improve your happiness levels and maintain them.
i recommend this book to anyone who feels they need assistance to swap out things that hold you back for positive habits.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-22-22

Outdated debunked science

The positives: the author narrates this audiobook herself and she does an excellent job. The book is well structured and gives plenty of actionable advice.

The negatives: not enough care was taken to present accurate science. The author refers to Losada's number which has been debunked (google an article in the Guardian titled "The British amateur who debunked the mathematics of happiness" or see the Wikipedia article for 'critical positivity ratio'). This course was released in 2021, about seven years after Losada's number was debunked. Is the author not aware of this? I'm concerned that I don't know enough about the subject to pick up other things in this book that are incorrect, making the whole thing rather useless to me.