I love science and all things scientific and make it a point to read, research, and apply the findings of science to every aspect of my life. I am also on a quest to learn more about happiness. What a thrill to find a scientific approach to happiness It all started with a presentation by Henry S. Miller at a conference for financial advisors. He tells us that his book, The Serious Pursuit of Happiness, was written to be a prescriptive, one-stop happiness shop with everything you need to know to begin living a happier and more fulfilling life.
The ultimate promise of the book is to provide the reader with everything psychologists, researchers, and other scientists around the world have found that people need to know to thrive. The paths and actions recommended are all substantively research-based.
His approach was to “research the research” and then use the findings as the basis for his writing. He includes published findings from over four decades of happiness research, the latest research from the newest branch of psychology, positive psychology, which is the scientific study of what is good about people and life, and the latest breakthroughs in biology, genetics, and neuro-science.
His synthesis of all this research leads to six imperatives:
- Seek pleasure within limits
- Intentionally think happy
- Intentionally act happy
- Become a better person
- Embrace loving connections
- Make a meaningful contribution
His simple wish is to help as many people as possible live happier and more fulfilling lives – while also helping to popularize the new and promising field and research of positive psychology.
Henry S. Miller is President of the Henry Miller Group, LLC, an organization transformation training and consulting firm dedicated to helping individuals, companies, and other organizations improve performance and productivity specifically by increasing the levels of individual well-being.
The Serious Pursuit of Happiness: Everything You Need to Know to Flourish and Thrive. Wisdom House Media, 2013.