A Research Paper By Ann-Marie Purvis
Executive Coach, SWITZERLAND
This paper provides an overview of the concept of achieving happiness as well as a method for the coach and coachee to understand and approach this extremely complex subject. It examines how the concept of happiness has been studied as well as the findings of thought leaders in the field. “There are only two types of people who do not feel painful emotions. The first are psychopaths, and the second are dead. There is a misunderstanding that living a happy life entails being happy all of the time. Learning to accept, and even embrace, painful emotions is an important part of living a happy life, and the study of painful emotions is an important part of the field of Happiness Studies,” according to Tal Ben-Shahar[i].