Yale psychologist June Gruber asked herself if it was possible to be too happy: Can happiness have a darkside for people not diagnosed with mental disorders? Gruber says, “Making the quest for happiness as a goal in your life may backfire.”
Too much happiness has been associated with bi-polar disorder and mania. You can read about a personal account of too much happiness leading to misery by Lemur Bytes’s: Bipolar Chronicles: Happiness??? Blog
Gruber’s research is based on the four questions below.
- Is there a wrong degree of happiness?
- Is it good to be happy all the time?
- Are there wrong types of happiness?
- Are there wrong ways to pursue happiness?
Click the Happy Face below to view Gruber’s Ted Talk.
Once you view the video I am interested in your thoughts about the Dark Side. Come back and leave a comment.
(C) 2012 Brenda Bomgardner, MA, NCC