Dance For Happiness

Professor Michael Argyle knew how to have fun. He also pioneered social psychology at Oxford University. He authored 25 books on social issues. Topics he researched were cooperation, happiness, leisure, social interaction, social relationships and religious faith.

Argyle pursued, during a twenty-year period, a scientific study of human happiness. He questioned many people to learn what made them happy. His book The Psychology of Happiness provides pragmatic recommendations.

Focus on sources of happiness you can do something about. Leisure or charitable pursuits you are devoted to are high on the list. Activities with social interaction, companionship and group cooperation are highly effective at producing happiness.

The best source of happiness Professor Argyle identified for himself was Scottish country dancing. Recommended also are square dance, round dance, and clogging. These group dances express an optimistic zest for living. This video illustrates Scottish country dancing.

The field Michael Argyle pioneered is now called Positive Psychology. Traditional psychology seeks to lift a person's psychological state from negative to neutral. The goal of Positive Psychology is to advance the person to a positive state of happiness. A happiness training plan developed by Dr Chris Johnstone and Miriam Akhtar is based on strategies below.

Twelve Happiness Strategies

1. Express Gratitude
2. Use Your Strengths
3. Live With Purpose
4. Find Your Power
5. Get Physical
6. Follow A Nutritious Diet
7. Learn Optimism
8. Bounceback-ability
9. Improve Relationships
10. Spiritual Happiness
11. Rest & Renewal
12. The Fun Factor