Essay 7

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Rubber Band: 
Question: 

7. There is persuasive evidence that setting and working towards goals is a critical ingredient of happiness. The text indicates research shows happiness-producing goals have certain properties List and explain at least four of these six attributes. The text also offers suggestions for sustaining motivation in goal pursuit. Describe at least three of these suggestions.

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How of Happiness Ch 8 p 208-226

Six attributes of Goal pursuit:

1. it gives us something to look forward to
2. goals bolster our self-esteem and give us confidence
3. they add structure and meaning to daily life
4. they teach mastery of time
5. pursuing goals help us cope with problems
6. goals often involve engaging with other people and social networks.

Sustaining motivation:

* CHOOSE YOUR GOALS WISELY!!!
* OWN your goals and then they will become authentic!
* COMMIT WITH PASSION! Achieving a goal will not always be easy; there will be risks involved, time, obstacles and stress and at times personal sacrifice and failure.
* Commitment becomes stronger when made in front of other people.
* Create your own self-fulfilling prophecies! Remember those famous starting words, "I CAN . . ."
* Be flexible! Primary control and secondary control.
* Primary control: often unfeasible; trying to change a situation
* Secondary control: is changing how you view the situation
* Don't undermine intrinsic motivations!
* Break down your goals into baby-steps!
* Mr. Kurt Schwengel: kindergarten teacher who does not follow the rules. He bursts with goals. Taking his class to college basketball games, museums, the beach, dinosaur museums, and they will dress in costumes! He is engaged in flow.
* Acknowledge your choices and know what is within your control.
* Mr. Schwengle has committed to being the best teacher he can be!
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* IT MATTERS WHAT GOALS YOU HAVE!
* Intrinsic Goals: goals that are personally involving and rewarding to you are more likely to bring you happiness
* Intrinsic Goals are those goals that you pursue because they are inherently satisfying and meaningful to you, which allow you to grow as a person, to develop maturity, and to contribute to your community.
* Extrinsic Goals reflect more of what other people want for you or approve of (making money, things that boost your ego, seeking power of fame, and bowing to manipulation or peer pressure)
* Harmonious Goals: goals which complement each other
* Flexible and appropriate goals: as we get older, what is important to us can change. Our goals will change. But one certainty never changes: pursuing goals brings greater happiness than abandoning them.
* Activity goals: this allows people to continually experience new challenges, to take on new opportunities, and meet a variety of experiences