The science of Subjective Well Being, a.k.a Happiness.
The science of subjective well being aka Happiness

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We often consider the science of mental illness (going from a 2 to a 6) but not well being (going form a 7 to a 9). Here is a primer.... Check out our new website Follow Dr. Mike for new videos! Dr. Mike Evans is a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine. He is a Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and has an endowed Chair in Patient Engagement in Child Nutrition at the University of Toronto. Written, Narrated and Produced by Dr. Mike Evans Illustrations by Liisa Sorsa Directed and Photographed and Produced by Nick De Pencier Editor, David Schmidt Story/Graphic Facilitator, Disa Kauk Production Assistant, Chris Niesing Director of Operations, Mike Heinrich ©2016 Michael Evans and Reframe Health Films Inc.


Adeimantus Glaucon : "The philosopher in me" - then seems to combine the is with the ought - oh, the irony.....

Haley Elizabeth : This video really puts into perspective the importance of your own mindset in everyday life. Although, like Doctor Mike said, materialistic things do not necessarily hurt your short term happiness levels, you are more likely to gain happiness in things that are going to benefit you for a while. I believe that that is why there are so many people that struggle with happiness. The society we live in today has very high and almost unrealistic goals on how to achieve happiness. If we focused more on our inner happiness rather than on our outer happiness the overall happiness of our society would increase dramatically. Also by helping one another gain happiness we will not only be helping them but ourselves as well.

Mama SATAN : OMG, I came to YouTube to expose my being mentally unwell for the benefit n to play this UN Game. Looks like I can't get away from the UN, they are everywhere n all about my " well being"🤔

Asa Weinstein : Good stuff, as usual Mike! Don't underestimate how effective some of the small stuff is...good advice!

Ur Spo : I love your videos.  One part made me chuckle: 'a new hockey stick".   How Canadian of you !   LOL

Keri Molloy : According to John Stuart Mill, happiness is in a sense unattainable, happiness is just lowering the frequency of pain. In which ourselves cause the most pain for ourselves, and are the ones who can stop the pain. To relate what Mill has to say to this video is with the point of hedonic adaptation. In which we become accustomed to what made us once so happy and in time no longer feel that happiness anymore. With what this video has to say in a way does contradict the ethics of happiness according to Mill. To also say that your happiness is determined mostly on your genes and life choices/behaviours seems more accurate. Sometimes we may buy or do things that will allow us to feel happiness for only a short amount of time, but those things can also but the things that are just the stepping stones to a greater amount of happiness. In a way Mill is right by saying that happiness is just reducing the pain that we feel, and this video proves that to be true in a roundabout way. Like stated before, we wish for some things that we intend that will bring us more happiness but as time goes on those things are not what bring us ultimate joy. As a human we continually want to better ourselves to feel happiness, and that we have to be the very best and have the very best to feel happy. But I disagree with that, we have to in a way create happiness to get happiness in return.

Auris2 : Great upload doc, thanks for the helpful words!

The Sniggly Snail Show : Dr. Mike, you confirmed at 46 seconds that money can buy happiness!!!

Juan Criollo : Thanks Dr. Mike I feel better too! : )

Dalibor Mitevski : well said, well done ill put this video on loop

Hey, Folks! : The Hedonic Treadmill is something I'm always mindful of. In my opinion it's a fairly good thing in many cases. It inspires us to never be complacent and to always try improving our situation. Admittedly it becomes destructive if your situation is already basically capped out. Being a billionaire and looking to become a trillionaire. But for the vast majority of people I imagine the changes are positive for them and those around them.

Lindsey Gamm : Happiness is something all of us strive for, the main goal in our life. Everyone has their own idea of happiness including relationships, pleasure, or life satisfaction. Often times we look for happiness but end up with things that will only make us temporally happy. The three main things that affect happiness according to this video are: genes, life circumstances, and life choices and behaviors. People tend to argue that life circumstances mainly affect your happiness but it was stated that life circumstances make up only 10%, with genes being 50% and life choices and behaviors being 40%. We tend to say, "Oh if I just could get this new car or if I could just get married, a bigger house, etc., than I would be happy." Although this does make us temporally happier, it fades back down to our happiness before when it becomes the norm. This is called hedonic adaption, when your happiness fades after a couple months or years. Happiness does not come from getting what we don't have, but recognizing what we do have. It was said that is helpful if once a week you think about or write down what you are grateful for, but it doesn't seem to help if you were to do it three times a week. I think if everyone would quit focusing on materialistic things and short-term happiness that it would benefit us in the end.

Amiramduby : You've mentioned that doing Altruistic activities makes us happier, I fully agree with this statement but for years I haven't managed to explain myself why... and the more I do good things for other people, the more I'm enjoying it. I've heard that from evolutionary standpoint, we created ourself to be kind and altruistic by nature so that we'll be happy to help one another, it's a good reason but it's not enough for me to settle the matter in my mind... why do we like other species then? and why the majority of people like to help themselves more?

Matthew Roberts : You are the milkman of human kindness Mike

Jeroen Moser : I'm grateful that you've shared this! :-)

Sarin : This doctor reminds me of Horace Slughorn!

Shoorf LonelyLokly : One simply can not keep himself on float and is sinking every time to the bottom of depression.

emotionalboy2003 : love your videos thank you !

Ade Baba : Dr mike you are the best... thanks for these great vids