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A New Blog on Happiness

I noticed a new blog ad up this morning advertising a site a href=”http://happierinsights.com/”called happier.com./a Martin Seligman, author of books such as a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743222989?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0743222989″emAuthentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0743222989″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400078393?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1400078393″emLearned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1400078393″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / is an advisor to the site. br /br /I went over to the blog to take a look and a href=”http://happierinsights.com/2008/12/15/give-holiday-shopping-stress-the-heave-ho-and-spend-less-too/”found a good post /a there on how to give holiday shopping stress the heave-ho. The post describes those who are satisficers –where one buys things that are “good enough” and maximizers–who are always looking for “the best.” Guess which person is happier? The satisficers and maximizers are from the research of Barry Schwartz, author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060005696?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0060005696″emThe Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0060005696″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / Here is a quick video of Dr. Seligman explaining the problem of holiday gift giving:br /br /object width=”425″ height=”344″param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/R5L76edeO9Ahl=enfs=1″/paramparam name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”/paramparam name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”/paramembed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/R5L76edeO9Ahl=enfs=1″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”425″ height=”344″/embed/object