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Happiness – No Silver Lining in this Cloud!

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Tracy Anglada: HEY! There’s NO Silver Lining!

Dark Cloud: I know, ain’t it Great!

Title: Positive Psychology:  Happiness Depends on Your Point of View…

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This is a Custom cartoon just for Tracy Anglada.  Yes, that is my cartoon version of Tracy in the rain coat being mean to the dark rain cloud… Don’t worry she is nothing like that in real life!  I want to thank Tracy for being part of my “5 questions” this week! And to remind every one to vote for her book at:

It will surely make her happy!  What makes you Happy?   Are you able to find the silver lining in the dark clouds?

I got to attend the PBS Free Webinar on Happiness Hosted By Dr. John M Grohol PsyD connected on the  television series This Emotional Life website.   A couple points that really made me “happy” was first finding out that there are a lot of people out there as unhappy as I am.

Happiness is fleeting, while joy is less than… For example, sometimes I am happy with the cartoons I draw. On the other hand, I am always filled with joy when one of my cartoons makes one of my peers laugh. That Joy is transcended when one of my readers is so touched by a cartoon, he or she feels compelled to comment on Facebook /my blog or via e-mail about how much they liked a particular cartoon. That type of joy can makes me happy.

Happiness must be worked on, since not everyone is happy all the time… During the webinar it was brought out that “happiness is a many-factored thing.”

What are the factors that determine our happiness?

  • Intentional Activity 40%
  • Circumstance 10%
  • Set Point 50%

That led to discussion on positive psychology.  What is positive psychology?

  1. Knowledge that builds up on people’s strengths and character to move forward.
  2. Positive psychology allows us to draw on the best of what we know to change our situation.
  3. Positive Psychology believes in the full life.
  4. Living in a state of consistent and enduring happiness: abundant pleasure, engagement, meaning and victory.

Believing that “every dark cloud has a silver lining” sooner or later each dark cloud will!  This isn’t a fake it till you make it concept.  There is an actual structure to positive psychology. This structure allows you to make application of basic truths and then build on them in order to find what truly brings you happiness.  Since not all things truly bring happiness… A hedonistic study shows that even when people seemingly have everything they ever wanted in life, the one thing they can lack is happiness.

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Happiness – No Silver Lining in this Cloud!

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2011). Happiness – No Silver Lining in this Cloud!. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 5, 2020, from


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