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Happiness Researcher Debunks Happiness Myths | WIRED

Amy Blankson, the founder and CEO of Fearless Positivity, debunks some myths we’ve all heard about “happiness.” Is it true that you either “have” happiness or you don’t? Does success lead to happiness? ►► Listen to the Get WIRED podcast ►► Also, check out the free WIRED channel on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV,…

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  1. DeChreguAmUfelade

    November 17, 2020 at 6:26 am

    A „researcher“…

  2. Dekarmi

    November 17, 2020 at 6:46 am

    my genetic makeup is not up to me

  3. David DeVito

    November 17, 2020 at 7:10 am

    People who make good money and don’t have debt/financial burdens: *money cant buy happiness!*

    • SAI RADHA

      November 17, 2020 at 9:22 am

      She does say 10% depends on Money

    • Violet Haye

      November 17, 2020 at 9:25 am

      it’ll buy you happiness in that one area of life you lack it. It won’t make all of your other problems disappear, but as far as you’re concerned you’ll definitely feel more secure financially.

    • ABC FX

      November 17, 2020 at 10:40 am

      Financial security is not happiness. It is a fear that you always think about it.

    • David DeVito

      November 17, 2020 at 2:47 pm

      Violet Haye Itll make most of my problems and issues disappear so I can focus on myself and being happy. Yeah.

  4. Senshai

    November 17, 2020 at 7:43 am

    1000th like haha..I don’t know why I’m happy about that !

  5. Edze Jan de Haan

    November 17, 2020 at 7:52 am

    Don’t strive to be happy, strive to be interesting…😉

  6. Aaron Helmers

    November 17, 2020 at 8:34 am

    “Your genetic makeup is up to you”

    • Azaan Gul

      November 17, 2020 at 3:18 pm

      No its not

  7. DeusUltraviolaceus

    November 17, 2020 at 10:04 am

    “When your brain is scanning your environment for positive things, your brain can’t look for all the negative things in the same moment.”
    My brain: hold my neurons

  8. N

    November 17, 2020 at 10:17 am

    Reminder: she may gain you as a client if you buy in to her stuff.

  9. L Petillo

    November 17, 2020 at 10:32 am

    first 25 seconds.. how is genetic makeup up to me? lmao

  10. Valentin Bonnarde

    November 17, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Misleading title. Also success is bot defined only by money. Also it’s not like my genetic make up is my responsibility. 20 seconds in and I’m already angry. Is that the effect positive psych is supposed to have on me?

    • meneeRubieko

      November 17, 2020 at 4:04 pm

      Valentin Bonnarde literally first sentence and I’m already like cool. It’s gonna be one of those

    • Gibran Malheiros

      November 17, 2020 at 6:27 pm

      There are many things in which one can be successful that money is not a goal, losing weight for example, or raising a kid, or building a shed.
      I also don’t feel like I won the genetic lottery, me and my mother side of the family are susceptible to depression, but like she said it’s up to me to evaluate how I perceive the environment and most importantly, myself.
      For me, it helps to have a simple goal: to be better than my past self.

  11. Dedu Tedy

    November 17, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Easy to say… When you struggle to fake smile while saying it. Clearly your happiness did not meet the happiness of a starving child…

  12. Lauren Bina

    November 17, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    I really liked the “gratitude” aspect of the J game. It’s so simple and keeps you focused on up lifting. Also, the not comparing part is so key. I thought this video would be cheesy but was wrong. Thank you!😊

  13. User Unknown

    November 17, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    The J-Game made me depressed

  14. lectorserelith

    November 17, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    90% of your happiness is your genetics which drive how you perceive the world. Therefore it’s your fault. What a stupid thing to say.

  15. popatkapopat

    November 17, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Weird background and something off about delivery. I can’t seem to pay attention to the content which I’m sure is great.

  16. Douglas Kalberg

    November 17, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    I notice that Sweden is missing in the happiest Scandinavian countries listed in the video, wonder what we did wrong? (Nah, not really, it’s pretty obvious.)

    • Ola T

      November 19, 2020 at 11:45 pm

      Could you tell me what the obvious part is, because I’m unaware.

  17. Chelsea Young

    November 17, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    Let’s do J-GAME January 😀

  18. Aashil Desai

    November 17, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    This is all solid information and backed up by psychology studies. I remember learning a lot of this back in college. If people are interested in learning more, I recommend looking up “The hedonic treadmill,” and the Harvard happiness study.

  19. ataraxia

    November 17, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    I wonder if a happiness researcher has taken a look on what Buddha had in his mind about the topic…

  20. mobilemowers

    November 17, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    So money is not happyiness but if I am broke hve past due bills , shut off notices, forclosure so I not be un happy ? If i have money I have better / safier food not Mc Donalds or frozen dinners ect, can keep a dependable car, good out more often, can afford to help other friends and family and give your family a better place to live and thing they need like college education.

  21. Jamez123

    November 17, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Genetic makeup – up to you
    Sure

  22. Mark Louie

    November 17, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Who is this person, and what are their credentials?

    • Gibran Malheiros

      November 17, 2020 at 6:41 pm

      She has a LinkedIn profile: Amy Blankson

  23. Harley Mace

    November 17, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Legalized marijuana in every state would really get those happiness numbers up. Yeah I’m talking to you Joe and Kamala!!

  24. Brooklyn Gamer 77

    November 17, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    This explains why America is the way it is. We always portray happiness by things we want such as cars, houses, or even careers. Other countries especially the Scandinavian countries really just care about the basics and making sure everyone in those countries are taken care of.

  25. Bluefoxs

    November 17, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    She looks brain washed

  26. HunkMine

    November 18, 2020 at 2:18 am

    This lady is a quack

  27. PhantomPhoton

    November 18, 2020 at 6:19 am

    Motivational Speaker =/= Researcher. Wired, you are better than this. Do better than this.

  28. Kaiser Basileus

    November 18, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Money can’t buy happiness but success certainly can. Success is having a bespoke life, not getting money. Money is only part of it.

  29. cutey16100

    November 18, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    There’s a lot of negative comments 😂

  30. Jonathan Dunn

    November 18, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    one reason people are so happy in northern Europe is that society is set up to meet people’s needs

  31. boy638

    November 18, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Whatever stats she mentioned in the video, would be nice to have sources for them.

    • Katrina Ireland

      December 13, 2020 at 10:56 am

      Lyubomirsky, Sheldon, & Schkade (2005) for the pie chart of 50% genetic, 40% “intentional activities” (aimed to improve world view), 10% circumstances (environment). Totally random, but I just did a presentation on this. I didn’t get to see the demographic info for the studies tho…

  32. WarDog LRS

    November 19, 2020 at 4:11 am

    Screw the UN there nothing but trouble

  33. Philanz Mc

    November 19, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Real happiness is in jesus alone

  34. Fiat Lux

    November 19, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Global level of happiness will be 100% if we legalize heroine! Let’s be happy folk!

  35. Nekminute

    November 20, 2020 at 3:19 am

    money…such a problem to have sheesh

  36. Stephen Matura

    November 20, 2020 at 9:20 am

    Dunno about happiness but I do know that most folk’s unhappiness is usually caused by other people!

  37. Xolin11

    November 20, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    I think the pie graph was meant to represent the amount of happiness we can control. But even then I would swap genetics and environment. You can alter your genetics with diet and exercise (and hormone therapy if you’re into that), but your environment is much more capable of alteration. It starts first with your perspective on life to make these changes though so that’s why that one is the largest.

  38. Bill Thompson

    November 21, 2020 at 8:51 am

    Find what you’re given, pistis, faith, striving to be correct x

  39. Forest Green

    November 24, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Why finding purpose might be more useful than chasing happiness:
    (TED Talk)

  40. Spooky Baguette

    November 30, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    say ‘i hate happiness’ without the h’s

    • Leonardo Antonio

      December 1, 2020 at 5:20 pm

      I ate appiness

  41. Luke Gordon

    December 3, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Haha ,silly

  42. Luke Gordon

    December 3, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    The truth is you can’t know how another person feels that’s just silly.
    Happiness can feel different in each person.
    Only a fool claims to know everything. You sure sound like a fool.

  43. Luke Gordon

    December 3, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    I live my life in such a way that involves no money.
    Ever since I have made this choice IV been extremely happy.
    Just because a fake peice of plastic controlls your life doesn’t mean it’s the same for every one

  44. iulian

    December 4, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    it’s odd to me how you reached the value10%, seems like a random round value to look good

  45. Darth Vader

    December 7, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    How to be happy???

    Just be happy 🙂

  46. Darth Vader

    December 7, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Happiness is a business
    If it isn’t she wouldn’t be in this vedio

    • ash Ketchum

      December 9, 2020 at 3:10 pm

      Agreed 💯

  47. Robert Thornton

    December 8, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Yeah, this lady is a robot…

  48. ash Ketchum

    December 9, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Happiness is nothing but a reward that our brain give us for Survival

  49. ash Ketchum

    December 9, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Better life = happiness
    Money can provide u better life
    Better health mentally & psychically
    , Better facilities and all

    • Mrrp

      December 9, 2020 at 8:40 pm

      thanks ask ketchum

    • Mrrp

      December 9, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      i hope u winy our next Pokémon League too!

  50. Cynthia Autry

    December 12, 2020 at 5:43 am

    Nice to know that rule 1 of happiness is socialism. That must be why millions of people over the years have flocked to the United States, to escape the extreme happiness of their socialist countries.

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