Happiness

By: Rafaella Amorim de Souza, Brazil

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“Try to make at least one person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made three thousand, six hundred and fifty persons happy, or brightened a small town by your contribution to the fund of general enjoyment.”

– Sydney Smith

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Does money bring happiness? Is it possible to be happy alone? Are children happier than adults? Are joy, satisfaction, pleasure and happiness the same? Happiness is the absence of sadness? Is health fundamental to happiness? Have we been born happy or unhappy? We were happy and did not know? What does the brain have to do with happiness? These are questions that positive psychology are trying to respond.

Since Classical Antiquity, Happiness has been the subject of debates, philosophical and religious reflections.  Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, Carl Jung, Albert Bandura, Gordon Allport and others focused on the investigation of positive emotions. Therefore, the great contribution of Positive Psychology wasn’t to create the study of Happiness, but to have it developed on a scientific basis.

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To include the research of happiness in the field of sciences, Positive Psychology uses both traditional methods of psychological research and the most advanced process in the field of neurosciences for the study of emotions and human behavior. This is how Positive Psychology chooses the path of empirical research, respecting the rigors of scientific methodology and basing its analyzes on concrete data.

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Unlike the “smiley face” apologists, positive psychologists distinguish the importance of knowledge of dark and thorny subjects such as depression and misery for the understanding of happiness. That’s why their scientific objectivity that Positive Psychology should not be confused as the source of a recipe for happiness. Happiness is not about always being smiling but try to see the good on every bad decision, moment of sadness.

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Negative emotions are essential for us, because they shows when we need to st
op and look to ourselves, because they’re signals urging us to change what we’re doing wrong, so If you never permit your self feeling blue you will never truly know why you are sad. That’s why thousand of people don’t achieve the happiness, because they think superficially and don’t try to change what is wrong.

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Happiness is never found in materialistic things that cannot be physically possessed. The society are forgetting their bases, living their lives with no sense of control, buying everything just as excuse for trying to emerge on a social standard, that will never be reached. Therefore, happiness is priceless. It can never be purchased. Obviously you need money to survive, but you have to concentrate on what is really important for you. The life is made by small and unforgettable moments that money can’t buy.

 

 

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Santa Barbara

By Abdulaziz Jastaniah, Saudi Arabia.

 

The Weather :

The weather in Santa Barbara has warmer winters and cooler summers compared to places farther inland. In the winter, storms reach California, some of which have heavy rainfall.

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State Street :

Is the best street i have ever seen, it has a lot of interesting places. Also, you can find everything you want. For example,there are a lot of american restaurant, movie theaters, Pharmacies, supermarkets, coffees, libraries, Apple store, shopping places and more ! There are a lot of celebrations every year on this street.

 

The Beach :

I used to go to the beach every weekend. I always went there with my friends and played volleyball together and sometimes swam. I really loved it and i had great time there.

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Santa Barbara Harbor

Larissa Kunz, Germany

If you travel to Santa Barbara, you should visit the harbor. The harbor of Santa Barbara lies at the end of West Beach on California’s Pacific coast. Almost a hundred years ago when a Santa Barbara resident wanted to keep his yacht closer to home, the harbor began.

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Nowadays it is one of the major tourist attractions in Santa Barbara including Stearns Wharf, fishing, shops, restaurants and the Yacht Club.

From there, many ships depart to the California Channel Islands. You can take off to go whale watching, rent a jet ski, a boat or charter a yacht, if your budget allows it.

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In my opinion,Stearns Wharf is one of the most beautiful locations in town. From the end of the pier you can see the beach with its palm trees and white beach. You can lie on the beach between Stearns Wharf and the harbor and when you look at either side you have an amazing view of the coastline of Santa Barbara.

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If you love the sea, this will be the place to go.

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6 Things to do in Santa Barbara

by : Juliette Asselin
from : Canada

Santa Barbara is a small city but we can do a lot’s of things. In this article I will write about 6 things you can do in Santa Barbara.

  1. Santa Barbara Zoozoo1

The Santa Barbara Zoo is small but has a lot of animals and beautiful gardens. The zoo is open between 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The prices are $17 for the adults (13-64), $13 for the seniors (65+), $10 for children (2-12) and free for the children under 2. The parking cost just $7 for a day. The zoo is perfect for the kids because they have a play area for them. You can spend the day at the zoo but it takes one and half hours to do the tour of the zoo

 

  1. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Ty Warner Sea Center seacenter

In the museum you can enjoy informative exhibit halls about birds, insects, mammals, marine life, fossils, and Native Americans. The museum is open between 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The prices are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors (65+), $7.50 for teens (13-17), $6.00 for children (2-12) and free for the kids under 2. The museum is perfect for the kids because they can touch see animals and they have also activities for them.

 

  1. Santa Barbara Botanic Garden     botanic garden

In the botanic gardens you can see many varieties of flowers and plants. The Gardens are open between 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The prices for is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65+), $8 for teens (13-17), $6 for children and free for the kids under 2. The botanic garden is perfect for people who love gardening or watching beautiful gardens.

 

  1. Stearns wharfstearns whalf

The Stearns Wharf is open all the time and all the year too. You can eat at many seafood restaurants, visit the Museum of Natural History and lots of little shops. Also, you can go fishing and take beautiful pictures of the ocean.

 

  1. Santa Barbara Museum of Artmuseum of art

In the Santa Barbara Museum of Art you can see a lot of artworks and sculptures. The museum is open between 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The prices are $10 for adults, $6 for seniors (65+), students and children (6+) and free under 2. The museum is perfect for people who love art.

 

  1. East and West Beacheast beach

In Santa Barbara we have two beaches. The first one is East beach and the second one is West beach. On the beach you can get a tan, relax and go swimming in the ocean. The beaches are perfect for people who want to have a great and relaxing day.

City tour of Santa Barbara: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIcpjaKVoEI

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