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HAPPINESS BY KNOWING FREE WILL IS AN ILLUSION!

I explained how overcoming belief in free will can boost happiness on episode 7 Happiness and the Determinism vs. Free Will Question, 4-20-03, and 92 A Conversation about Happiness, Free Will and Determinism, 2-28-05

John Searle, the13th ranked post-1900 philosopher, says that our world overcoming the free will illusion "would be a bigger revolution in our thinking than Einstein, or Copernicus, or Newton, or Galileo, or Darwin -- it would alter our whole conception of our relation with the universe." 
 


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Key Happiness Facts
 

World's Happiest Countries:
 
1. Nigeria
 2. Mexico
 3. Venezuela
 4. El Salvador
 5. Puerto Rico
 (U.S. ranks 16th)

Countries with Highest Levels of Subjective Well-Being:
 
1. Puerto Rico
 2. Mexico
 3. Denmark
 4. Columbia
 5. Ireland

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Americans consider happiness more important to them than money, moral goodness, and even going to Heaven.

Americans are, on average, only 69 percent happy.

The world population is, on average, less than 65 percent happy.

37 percent of the people on Forbes list of Wealthiest Americans are less happy than the average American.

At any given time, one forth of Americans are mildly depressed

14 percent of the nations on Earth are less than 50 percent happy.

Happiness Increase Experiments published in peer review journal have empirically demonstrated that individuals can be trained to be 25 percent happier through various training programs in from two to ten weeks.

All demographic variables combined, including age, sex, income, race, and education, are responsible for only 15 percent of the difference in happiness levels between individuals.

American Children feel happy 52 percent of the time, neutral 29 percent of the time, and unhappy 19 percent of the time.

Americans' personal income has increased more than 2 1/2 times over the last 50 years, but their happiness level has remained the same.

Americans earning more that $10 million annually are only slightly happier than average Americans.

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THE APACHE METHOD
(The Antidotal Positive Adjectives Character and Happiness Enhancement Method)
and a
Comprehensive Positive Adjectives
List

Beginning with Emmet Velton's  classic 1968 paper, there has been a body of research empirically validating our ability to positively or negatively change our moods by reading phrases (generally known as affirmations or self-statements) like "I feel very good" or "I am afraid."   In 1980, New Zealand psychologist Karen Haye tested these findings in a happiness-increase experiment.  After two weeks of reciting positive affirmations for ten minutes each morning, her subjects became 25 percent happier.  (For more information on this experiment, view, and/or read the outline to episode #5, titled "The Happiness Increase Experiments, Part II").

The APACHE method described here is a streamlined alternative to the use of affirmations that relies on single words rather than complete phrases.  A principle difference between Haye's procedure and the APACHE method is that rather than reading the statements, one calls them to mind extemporaneously.  For example, one would simply think to oneself; "I feel great"..."I am very happy",..."I feel fortunate"..."I feel splendid"..."I feel confident," etc., for as long a period of time as seems enjoyable and productive."  (I would recommend that one's sessions last at least ten minutes.) 

The other main feature of the APACHE method is that it very effectively refutes negative feelings as they occur, and replaces them with pleasant, character enhancing alternatives.  To do this, one would select a time to be alone, and begin to tune in to one's feelings, (I find it very useful to be in a public setting so that the presence of other people can induce more, and a greater variation of, feelings).  As one senses each unpleasant feeling arising, one identifies it as precisely as possible, and then calls to mind the feeling's antonym, or opposite.  For example, if one (for even an instant) begins to feel "vulnerable," one would call to mind an opposite (antidotal) adjective like "secure"   One would then silently say to oneself, "I feel secure."

During moments when one does not sense unpleasant feelings, one would think to oneself statements like "I feel wonderful" in order to enhance one's mood or statements like "I feel industrious," or "I feel friendly" in order to enhance one's character.  These character building statements also indirectly evoke pleasant feelings associated with one affirming or acknowledging one's good qualities.  It is important to note that the "hedonic" (pleasure associated) statements will enhance one's happiness, and the "strengths and virtues" statements will enhance one's character, making this an ideal method for facilitating "ethical happiness."

As one practices the APACHE method over a course of several weeks, one will notice that one has become more proficient at evoking pleasant feelings, self-esteem and ethical behavior.  Over time, as this ability gradually become more habitual, one will enjoy these benefits with increasingly less effort.   

The following list of adjectives is provided as a practical resource one can use to  enhance one's happiness,  character, and personality.  Reading the list and prefacing each word with the statement "I feel" or "I am" will induce these positive effects.  Extemporaneously coming up with the statements on one's own, without reading them from the list, will produce a stronger effect because the process evokes greater cognitive activity.  Concurrently writing them on paper will produce the strongest effect because of the additional behavioral-motor activity involved.

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One can use this method without referring to the Comprehensive Positive Adjectives List, However, if one reviews the list a few times before beginning the extemporaneous utilization of the technique, and on occasion thereafter, one will find that positive adjectives will come more easily to mind than if one attempted the method without the suggestive  influence of the list.  The APACHE Method is a structured implementation of the "Choose Happy Thoughts" component of The Ortega Happiness Method.  It  will enhance one's immediate mood, and, used consistently over time, will enhance one's long term level of happiness and character. 

 

Comprehensive Positive Adjectives List

 

 

 

happy

grateful

determined

professional

swell

helpful

sincere

authentic

content

focused

extraordinary

delightful

imaginative

reverent

successful

heroic

cheerful

inventive

unique

upright

tidy

open-minded

blissful

tough

glad

reposed

desirable

valiant

fair-minded

modest

ingenious

solid

courageous

profound

adaptable

worthy

colorful

joyful

laudable

cute

delectable

dependable

remarkable

confident

forbearing

funny

ready

lenient

magnetic

enlightened

authoritative

enterprising

righteous

luminous

exact

cognizant

ecstatic

lovely

entertaining

inspired

thorough

decent

helpful

pragmatic

witty

convincing

beautiful

resplendent

sexy

assured

competent

progressive

comedic

felicitous

accessible

commendable

sensual

sublime

sympathetic

compatible

discrete

influential

efficient

humorous

engaging

civil

merciful

believable

gentle

lucky

knowledgeable

serene

earnest

adroit

faithful

exultant

hospitable

 

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gleeful

sparkling

cordial

soulful

appreciative

spontaneous

fascinating

brilliant

impartial

constant

natural

keen

merry

eloquent

sensible

comfortable

relaxed

soft-spoken

casual

loyal

stable

alive

charming

receptive

good looking

good mannered

shrewd

liberal

grounded

truthful

gorgeous

practical

industrious

brave

perfect

hardy

innocent

upright

enchanted

athletic

noble

diligent

gregarious

responsive

precious

satisfied

deep

cozy

law-abiding

agile

restrained

healthy

just

creative

genteel

meritorious

learned

right

approachable

harmonious

kissable

benevolent

lucid

conciliatory

even-tempered

nice

fun

bold

rich

accommodating

tender

fantastic

jolly

whimsical

defined

immaculate

diplomatic

bright

chatty

mild

proper

vigorous

wonderful

alluring

companionable

reflective

credible

punctual

elated

impressive

playful

intelligent

superb

original

devoted

pleasant

warm

 

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powerful

convulsive

fabulous

gracious

altruistic

affirmative

direct

goodhearted

chaste

wise

philanthropic

robust

convivial

consistent

dedicated

persuasive

amazing

calm

nimble

desirable

good

studious

neighborly

confident

decisive

subtle

personable

peaceful

brainy

stylish

hopeful

big-hearted

affable

excellent

chic

intuitive

heedful

courteous

disarming

caring

fine

logical

tranquil

virtuous

attentive

provident

thoughtful

cerebral

jubilant

affectionate

forgiving

mindful

understanding

fruitful

winsome

sociable

elegant

masterly

fertile

great

tolerant

free

daring

deserving

polished

real

admirable

blessed

congenial

godly

openhanded

independent

compassionate

consummate

artistic

genuine

amorous

blissful

smooth

spry

complex

scholarly

easy-going

autonomous

accomplished

seemly

astute

rejoicing

philosophical

beneficent

privileged

established

sagacious

grand

important

resolute

radiant

 

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genial

candid

deliberate

flexible

reliable

terrific

sharp

democratic

impressive

sweet

charitable

productive

good-natured

saintly

willing

awesome

sincere

clearheaded

dependable

prompt

splendid

sophisticated

prolific

worldly

energetic

amicable

discerning

generous

sunny

fashionable

mature

light

reasonable

priceless

suave

forthright

hilarious

respectful

comely

spiritual

appreciative

precious

steady

spirited

self-reliant

nourishing

thankful

positive

airy

systematic

handy

considerate

valiant

romantic

likeable

appropriate

adorable

refined

poetic

attractive

sentimental

ambitious

visionary

lively

prudent

vivacious

ethical

tender

dignified

agreeable

heavenly

dutiful

encouraging

rosy

gallant

versatile

amiable

thrifty

moral

speedy

balanced

concise

well-rounded

purposeful

enthusiastic

passionate

benign

accountable

moderate

captivating

strong

sprite

active

distinctive

responsible

discriminating

special

 

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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