Two Faces of Planes

These are two aircraft that we spotted at the Airport in Lodi, California, just outside Sacramento. They both seemed to exhibit opposite demeanors!

The Happy Plane!

Happiness is a very  fuzzy concept and can mean many things to many people. Part of the challenge of the  Science of  Happiness is to identify all the different uses of the word “happiness”, or else to understand its various components.

Studies have found that things like money, education, or the weather do not affect happiness the way one might expect. There are various habits that have been correlated with happiness. Psychologist  Martin Seligman provides the acronym PERMA to summarize many of Positive Psychology’s findings; humans seem happiest when they have Pleasure (tasty foods, warm baths, etc.), Engagement or (aka  Flow, the absorption of an enjoyed yet challenging activity), Relationships (social ties have turned out to be extremely reliable indicator of happiness),  Meaning (a perceived quest or belonging to something bigger), and finally Accomplishments (having realized tangible goals).

The Angry Plane!

The external expression of anger can be found in  facial expression, body language,  physiological responses, and at times in public acts of  agression.  Humans and animals for example make loud sounds, attempt to look physically larger, bare their teeth, and stare.  The behaviors associated with anger are designed to warn aggressors to stop their threatening behavior. Rarely does a physical altercation occur without the prior expression of anger by at least one of the participants. While most of those who experience anger explain its arousal as a result of “what has happened to them,” psychologists point out that an angry person can be very well mistaken because anger causes a loss in self-monitoring capacity and objective observability.

OK enough of Psych 101 😉


2 responses

  1. If looks could kill? Both planes were undoubtedly effective warding off the enemy! Love the picture story.

    April 24, 2011 at 8:51 am

  2. Patricia

    Liked the write up about happiness. Lately I am becoming aware when I use the word
    “happy” and sometine I realized I have said it the wrong way. To be honest I don’t think I like the word happy or happiness.!!!! Like your photographs.

    April 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm

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