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The smiley face is a well-known symbol of happiness.
.Happiness is a state of mind or feeling characterized by contentment, love, satisfaction, pleasure, or joy.^ In short, then, happiness is a state of mind!
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^ When you are in love you feel happy.
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^ Is being happy a state of euphoria, joy or pleasure?
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[1] A variety of biological, psychological, religious, and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources.
.While direct measurement of happiness presents challenges, tools such as The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire have been developed by researchers.^ After more than a decade of rigorous scientific research, we know that happiness can be measured and we know that happiness can be taught.
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^ The website provides information on positive psychology, the classification system and measurement tools of character strengths that serve as the backbone of this developing scientific discipline, and the on-going work of VIA. What is your experience with being happy?
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^ World database of happiness [electronic resource] : continuous register of scientific research on subjective appreciation of life / directed by Ruut Veenhoven.

.Positive psychology researchers use theoretical models that include describing happiness as consisting of positive emotions and positive activities, or that describe three kinds of happiness: pleasure, engagement, and meaning.^ This is the time to use your resources to create positive emotions.
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^ There are four major roads to happiness: pleasure, engagement, meaningfulness, and relationships.
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^ I hope you are having pleasure, engagement and meaning in the most important ones in your life!
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.Research has identified a number of attributes that correlate with happiness: relationships and social interaction, extraversion, marital status, employment, health, democratic freedom, optimism, endorphins released through physical exercise and eating chocolate, religious involvement, income and proximity to other happy people.^ Do you make other people happy?

^ Vauvenargues: “There are men who are happy without knowing it.” Eric Hoffer: “The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.” Sartre: "Hell is other people."

^ Flaubert: "To be stupid, and selfish, and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness; though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless."

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.Philosophers and religious thinkers often define happiness in terms of living a good life, or flourishing, rather than simply as an emotion.^ Keep those in your life who reinforce your good thoughts and your happiness.
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^ From what I’ve seen, happiness is about getting clear about who you truly are – your values and purpose, and living a life that’s authentic.
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^ Happy people are those who live life for purposes greater than themselves.
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Happiness in this older sense was used to translate the Greek Eudaimonia, and is still used in virtue ethics.
.Happiness economics suggests that measures of public happiness should be used to supplement more traditional economic measures when evaluating the success of public policy.^ Can a common yardstick be used to measure individual and collective happiness?
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Scientific views

Biological approach

.The evolutionary perspective offers an alternative approach to understand what happiness or quality of life is about.^ From what I’ve seen, happiness is about getting clear about who you truly are – your values and purpose, and living a life that’s authentic.
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^ Reply 17 Marc Babbitt January 12, 2010 at 16:20 Happiness is surely measured by quality of life.
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^ Tips in Life that Lead to Happiness « Blog Sphere Become Wealthy » Blog Archive » Learn about wealth - Happiness the Movie Become Wealthy » Blog Archive » How to become wealth - happiness synonym .
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.Briefly, the questions to be answered are: What features are included in the brain that allows humans to distinguish between positive and negative states of mind, and how do these features improve the survivability of humans?^ This allows you to create neutrality or more positive emotions while you simply allow the negative thoughts and emotions to pass through you.
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^ These are negative thoughts that just seem to come up in our minds like pop-ups.
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^ These are often thought of as negative virtures but that is a result of how these feelings are applied.
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.Answering these questions points towards an understanding of what happiness is about and how to best exploit the capacities of the brain with which humans are endowed.^ Start journaling about these questions.
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^ Crystal Happiness Pouches These pouches are individually filled with several crystals to strengthen and enhance the best energy for each situation .
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^ Happiness and economics : how the economy and institutions affect human well-being / Bruno S. Frey and Alois Stutzer.

.The perspective is presented in detail by the evolutionary biologist Bjørn Grinde in his book Darwinian Happiness, as well as in a more formal way.^ This blogger is making his way through a new book, the Happiness Project and keeping his own happiness diary.
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^ The essence of our pursuits is to create more happiness and well being through pleasure, engagement, meaning, and relationships.
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^ Whether it is mastering your career or the daily activities you do, you will experience more happiness, satisfaction and well-being if you do it well and from the heart.
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[2]

Positive psychology

Martin Seligman asserts that "pleasures of the moment" typically involve external stimulus.[3] Above, A man laughs as he attempts to balance three birds on himself.

Research findings

Simple exercise, such as running, is cited as key to feeling happy.[4]
.Some researchers, such as David T. Lykken, have found that about 50% of one's happiness depends on one's genes, based on studying identical twins, whose happiness is 50% correlated even when growing up in different houses.^ In other societies,you base your happiness on how much you enjoy the ones around you; in such places money is not as important as compared to how much fun you have playing soccer or telling stories to friends around a fire.
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^ To some happiness is as simple as having a plate of food to sustain them just one more day.
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^ Happiness is when you can think about something weeks, months, or even years later and the happiness returns.
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[5] About 10% to 15% is a result of various measurable life circumstances variables, such as socioeconomic status, marital status, health, income, sex[6] and others. The remaining 40% is a combination of unknown factors and the results of actions that individuals deliberately engage in to become happier. .These actions may vary between persons; extroverts, for example, may benefit from placing themselves in situations involving large amounts of human interaction.^ Right actions and good persons : controversies between eudaimonistic and deontic moral theories / Marjaana Kopperi.

.Also, exercise has been shown to increase one's level of momentary subjective well-being significantly.^ Science of subjective well-being / edited by Michael Eid, Randy J. Larsen.

^ Subjective well-being : an interdisciplinary perspective / edited by Fritz Strack, Michael Argyle, and Norbert Schwarz.

^ Culture and subjective well-being [electronic resource] / edited by Ed Diener and Eunkook M. Suh .

[4]
.Michael Argyle developed the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire[7] as a broad measure of psychological well-being.^ Psychology of happiness / Michael Argyle.

^ Structure of psychological well-being, by Norman M. Bradburn, with the assistance of C. Edward Noll.

^ Science of subjective well-being / edited by Michael Eid, Randy J. Larsen.

This has been criticized as an aggregate of self-esteem, sense of purpose, social interest and kindness, sense of humor and aesthetic appreciation.[8]
.Though it may be impossible to achieve any comprehensive measure of happiness objectively, some physiological correlates to happiness can be measured through a variety of techniques.^ One cannot measure happiness as it is state of mind, a feeling that you get, a behavior that comes upon you after some event or occasion.
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^ These set of happiness may be different for some one in rich world.his happines may be earning lot of money from risky investment or a holiday of a life time.
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.Stefan Klein, in his book The Science of Happiness, links the dynamics of neurobiological systems (i.e., dopaminergic, opiate) to the concepts and findings of positive psychology and social psychology.^ Happiness, well-being and the meaning of life : a dialogue of social science and religion / Vincent Brümmer & Marcel Sarot (editors).

^ Science of happiness : how our brains make us happy--and what we can do to get happier / Stefan Klein ; translated by Stephen Lehmann.

^ Authentic happiness : using the new positive psychology to realize your potential for lasting fulfillment / Martin E.P. Seligman.

[9]

Happiness in social networks

Human relationships are consistently found to be the most important correlation with human happiness.
.A widely-publicized study from 2008 in the British Medical Journal reported that happiness in social networks may spread from person to person.^ Reports on happiness, a pilot study of behavior related to mental health / by Norman M. Bradburn and David Caplovitz.

[10] .Researchers followed nearly 5000 individuals for 20 years in the long-standing Framingham Heart Study and found clusters of happiness and unhappiness that spread up to 3 degrees of separation on average.^ Reply 20 Green Streamer January 12, 2010 at 16:33 Happiness (or being content) is relative to the expectations of the individual concerned and their own perception of how well they measure up against these expectations.
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.Happiness tended to spread through close relationships like friends, siblings, spouses, and next-door neighbors, and the researchers reported that happiness spread more consistently than unhappiness through the network.^ The essence of our pursuits is to create more happiness and well being through pleasure, engagement, meaning, and relationships.
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^ Idea of happiness, in a letter to a friend [microform] : enquiring wherein the greatest happiness attainable by man in this life does consist / by John Norris ...

.Moreover, the structure of the social network appeared to have an impact on happiness, as people who were very central (with many friends and friends of friends) were significantly more likely to be happy than those on the periphery of the network.^ Happy people are those who live life for purposes greater than themselves.
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^ Possessions bring temporary thrills and enjoyment but long-lasting happiness comes from being a free human being, love for your family, your friends, complete strangers, those who are considered enemies… .
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^ If there are more happy persons in village A than in village B does this mean that village A is happier than village B? .
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.Overall, the results suggest that happiness might spread through a population like a virus.^ Happiness can’t be measured like that, even at the population level.
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Aging and happiness

Research in the US has found that older Americans are generally happier than younger adults. .The effect does not appear to be generational, because longitudinal research found that happiness increased over time for the older people who were studied.^ Currently, Afgan lives are being propped by other peoples taxes because in a long long time in a story break, such opportunities do appear – in this case the horrors of war that surely are oppening vistas of joys to the innocent.
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^ Happy people are those who live life for purposes greater than themselves.
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^ Reply 85 Leo in London January 12, 2010 at 20:01 In wealthier societies, I find that people are generally not happy because they are constantly trying to keep up with everyone else.
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While older individuals reported more health problems, they reported fewer problems overall. .Young adults reported more anger, anxiety, depression, financial problems, troubled relationships and career stress.^ So, whether they come in for help with depression, anxiety, trauma or a relationship, we look at the underlying causes, the excuses, and the patterns that began in childhood which do not work so well in adulthood.
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Other correlates

.Studies are contradictory as to whether parents are more likely to report being happier than non-parents.^ If there are more happy persons in village A than in village B does this mean that village A is happier than village B? .
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^ I think it’s ironic that we Americans, myself included, often have much more difficulty being grateful than do people in other parts of the world who have nothing.
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^ I have been to some very poor places where people seemed much happier than where there was more wealth.
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[14][15] .[16] One study found having up to three children increased happiness among married couples, but not among other groups with children.^ Happy couple having coffee .
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^ To some happiness is as simple as having a plate of food to sustain them just one more day.
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^ Young, happy children jumping up and down while outside on a sunny ...
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[16]
Happiness is also correlated with the ability to "rationalize or explain" social and economic inequalities.[17]
.One American study found that people were happier after spending money on experiences, rather than physical things.^ The "psychological gesture," a term coined by the director Michael Chekhov, is a physical pose that personifies the struggle or action of its character and conveys a feeling rather than a story.

^ For me happiness is not having to struggle just to get my next meal, having the opportunity to do the things that give me pleasure and knowing that I have people in my life that will love me unconditionally.
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^ Most people in the US are not happy because we base happiness on what we can buy, and how much money we have.
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[18] Envy is believed to produce unhappiness.

Religion and happiness

Research findings

Joy, tacuinum sanitatis casanatensis (XIV century)
.There is now extensive research suggesting that religious people are happier and less stressed.^ I have been to some very poor places where people seemed much happier than where there was more wealth.
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^ Now if there are a lot of those small things fulfilled than i can be described as happy.
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^ The secret to happiness in life, is wanting what you have, rather than having what you want, and in actuality in poorer countries, where people take less for granted what they have, they are more likely to want what they have.
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[19][20] .It is not clear, however, whether this is because of the social contact and support that result from religious activities, the greater likelihood of behaviors related to good health (such as less substance abuse), indirect forms of psychological and social activity such as optimism and volunteering, psychological factors such as "reason for being," learned coping strategies that enhance one's ability to deal with stress, or some combination of these and/or other factors.^ One of the main reasons for this rise is an improvement in living conditions , with over half being happier as a result of more electricity.
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^ These are things others have said or done that I want to forgive, clearing me of all negative feelings.
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^ Life gets better and well being is strengthened when you regularly clear and forgive these actions of yours and others.
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[21][22][23][24][25]
.Surveys by Gallup, the National Opinion Research Center and the Pew Organization conclude that spiritually committed people are twice as likely to report being "very happy" than the least religiously committed people.^ I think it’s ironic that we Americans, myself included, often have much more difficulty being grateful than do people in other parts of the world who have nothing.
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^ I have been to some very poor places where people seemed much happier than where there was more wealth.
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^ Happy people are those who live life for purposes greater than themselves.
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[26] .An analysis of over 200 social studies contends that "high religiousness predicts a lower risk of depression and drug abuse and fewer suicide attempts, and more reports of satisfaction with sex life and a sense of well-being,"[27] and a review of 498 studies published in peer-reviewed journals concluded that a large majority of them showed a positive correlation between religious commitment and higher levels of perceived well-being and self-esteem and lower levels of hypertension, depression, and clinical delinquency.^ Expressing our gratitude is an activity that increases our happiness levels by over 25%; gives us higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, vitality, optimism and lower levels of depression and stress; gives us better sleep quality and more energy; and it is one of the more effective ways of coping with disease, disability and even death.
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^ We can attempt to have the other person change by encouraging him to speak more positively or to not share gossip with us.
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^ I prescribe to Ryan (SA)’s bubble theory; whereby there are periods of elation (triggered by positive events, that exceed the individual’s expectations) interspersed with a more constant level of “being content” and low points (triggered by negative events).
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[28][29] .A meta-analysis of 34 recent studies published between 1990 and 2001 found that religiosity has a salutary relationship with psychological adjustment, being related to less psychological distress, more life satisfaction, and better self-actualization.^ The secret to happiness in life, is wanting what you have, rather than having what you want, and in actuality in poorer countries, where people take less for granted what they have, they are more likely to want what they have.
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^ The essence of our pursuits is to create more happiness and well being through pleasure, engagement, meaning, and relationships.
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^ Whether it is mastering your career or the daily activities you do, you will experience more happiness, satisfaction and well-being if you do it well and from the heart.
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[30] .Finally, a recent systematic review of 850 research papers on the topic concluded that "the majority of well-conducted studies found that higher levels of religious involvement are positively associated with indicators of psychological well-being (life satisfaction, happiness, positive affect, and higher morale) and with less depression, suicidal thoughts and behavior, drug/alcohol use/abuse."^ We will focus on creating happiness and well being.
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^ Expressing our gratitude is an activity that increases our happiness levels by over 25%; gives us higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, vitality, optimism and lower levels of depression and stress; gives us better sleep quality and more energy; and it is one of the more effective ways of coping with disease, disability and even death.
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^ Structure of psychological well-being, by Norman M. Bradburn, with the assistance of C. Edward Noll.

[31]
The individual level of happiness and religiosity correlations show up when measuring within the United States, a predominantly religious country where people without religion are outsiders. .According to a 2007 paper by Liesbeth Snoep in the Journal of Happiness Studies, there is no significant correlation between religiosity and individual happiness in Netherlands and Denmark, countries that have lower rates of religion than the United States so that being without religion is normal.^ It's no wonder people keep saying we should all move there and be as "happy" as the Cubans are...
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^ Happiness, well-being and the meaning of life : a dialogue of social science and religion / Vincent Brümmer & Marcel Sarot (editors).

[32] .When measuring between countries, the least religious industrialized countries such as in northern Europe have a much higher happiness than the most religious industrialized country, the US, so cross country comparisons on religiosity and happiness seem to show a societal level correlation of increased secularization and decreased religiosity to increased happiness.^ Most people in the US are not happy because we base happiness on what we can buy, and how much money we have.
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^ I have been to some very poor places where people seemed much happier than where there was more wealth.
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^ The secret to happiness in life, is wanting what you have, rather than having what you want, and in actuality in poorer countries, where people take less for granted what they have, they are more likely to want what they have.
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It may be simply that non-religious people are less happy in a religious country, but everyone is happier in more secular, less religious countries.[33]

Religious perspectives

Buddhism

Happiness forms a central theme of Buddhist teachings. For ultimate freedom from suffering, the Eightfold Path leads its practitioner to Nirvana, a state of everlasting peace. Ultimate happiness is only achieved by overcoming craving in all forms. .More mundane forms of happiness, such as acquiring wealth and maintaining good friendships, are also recognized as worthy goals for lay people (see sukha).^ The secret to happiness in life, is wanting what you have, rather than having what you want, and in actuality in poorer countries, where people take less for granted what they have, they are more likely to want what they have.
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^ As other posters have written, people with far less than we have still manage to be happy; the constant striving for more is a proven recipe for unhappiness.
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^ I have been to some very poor places where people seemed much happier than where there was more wealth.
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.Buddhism also encourages the generation of loving kindness and compassion, the desire for the happiness and welfare of all beings.^ You get love by being kind to others.
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^ Not being happy leads to desire and ambition.
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^ For me happiness is not having the latest gadget, or lots of money, or being successful (all of which I’ve had).
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[34][35] According to the Buddha, "Mind is the forerunner of states of existence. Mind is chief, and (those states) are caused by the mind. .If one speaks and acts with a pure mind, surely happiness will follow like one's own shadow!"^ In moments when you think you can’t be happy, like when a loved one dies, you play the glad game.
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^ One cannot measure happiness as it is state of mind, a feeling that you get, a behavior that comes upon you after some event or occasion.
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^ He’s only on chapter one but has discovered he’s not sure what makes him happy or how to measure it.
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In Buddhism, the third of the Four Noble Truths states "to eliminate suffering, eliminate craving," thus establishing happiness as beyond material and emotional possession and attainable only through an attentive practice leading to extinguishing of craving and aversion.[36] .In SGI Buddhism happiness is obtained by getting yourself aligned with the universe by chanting Nam-myho-renge-kyo to overcome your sufferings and that of others.^ Reply 33 Mary from Nigeria(Naija) January 12, 2010 at 18:04 I think happiness is room in your heart for others.
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^ Reply 78 World Have Your Say January 12, 2010 at 19:55 I am an American living in Spain and what makes me happy is that I am contended with what I have, and I am happy when others achive.
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^ By writing them you give yourself the gift of making your load lighter as you attempt to experience more happiness.
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It teaches that one must never look outside of oneself for happiness.

Catholicism

.In Catholicism, the ultimate end of human existence consists in felicity (Latin equivalent to the Greek eudaimonia), or "blessed happiness", described by the thirteenth-century philosopher-theologian Thomas Aquinas as a Beatific Vision of God's essence in the next life.^ [Makar, eudaimōn, olbios, eutychēs], A study of the semantic field denoting happiness in ancient Greek to the end of the 5th century B.C. / by Cornelis de Heer.

^ For me happiness is not having to struggle just to get my next meal, having the opportunity to do the things that give me pleasure and knowing that I have people in my life that will love me unconditionally.
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[37] According to Augustine's Confessions, he lived much of his life without God. He sinned much and recognized his sinfulness. As a youth, he sinned for its own sake, and later, in the pursuit of a perceived good. When he lost a dear friend to death, it troubled him greatly, and he turned to God for answers. .He turned to God to find true happiness and was converted to Christianity.^ As a Christian I beleive happiness comes to the person who lives within God’s intended purposes.
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.He found that true happiness can only come from a relationship with God and appreciating God's creation for His sake, not its own.^ The essence of our pursuits is to create more happiness and well being through pleasure, engagement, meaning, and relationships.
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Philosophical views

.The Chinese Confucian thinker Mencius, who 2300 years ago sought to give advice to the ruthless political leaders of the warring states period, was convinced that the mind played a mediating role between the "lesser self" (the physiological self) and the "greater self" (the moral self) and that getting the priorities right between these two would lead to sagehood.^ Right actions and good persons : controversies between eudaimonistic and deontic moral theories / Marjaana Kopperi.

He argued that if we did not feel satisfaction or pleasure in nourishing one's "vital force" with "righteous deeds", that force would shrivel up (Mencius,6A:15 2A:2). .More specifically, he mentions the experience of intoxicating joy if one celebrates the practice of the great virtues, especially through music.^ This site is dedicated to facilitating your experience of more peace and joy in your relationships, getting in the flow of your activities, and creating more meaning in your life.
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[38]
Al-Ghazali (1058-1111) the Muslim Sufi thinker wrote the Alchemy of Happiness, a manual of spiritual instruction throughout the Muslim world and widely practiced even now.
About one hundred years later, the Hindu thinker Patanjali, author of the Yoga Sutras, wrote quite exhaustively on the psychological and ontological roots of bliss.[39]
.In the Nicomachean Ethics, written in 350 B.C.E., Aristotle stated that happiness (also being well and doing well) is the only thing that humans desire for its own sake, unlike riches, honor, health or friendship.^ We will focus on creating happiness and well being.
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^ Happiness and economics : how the economy and institutions affect human well-being / Bruno S. Frey and Alois Stutzer.

^ If we love all the people and esoteric things with which we have relationships, we increase our happiness and improve our well being.
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He observed that men sought riches, or honor, or health not only for their own sake but also in order to be happy. Note that eudaimonia, the term we translate as "happiness", is for Aristotle an activity rather than an emotion or a state.[40] .Happiness is characteristic of a good life, that is, a life in which a person fulfills human nature in an excellent way.^ Psychology of happiness : a good human life / Samuel S. Franklin.

^ Secrets of happiness : three thousand years of searching for the good life / Richard Schoch.

^ You are now receiving positive regard in three ways through doing a good act, knowing it is making a positive difference, and receiving it back from the other person.
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People have a set of purposes which are typically human: these belong to our nature. .The happy person is virtuous, meaning they have outstanding abilities and emotional tendencies which allow him or her to fulfill our common human ends.^ We know from Barbara Fredricksons theory of broaden and build that positive emotions like joy, delight, lightness and amusement allow us to expand our thinking.
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^ If there are more happy persons in village A than in village B does this mean that village A is happier than village B? .
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^ The essence of our pursuits is to create more happiness and well being through pleasure, engagement, meaning, and relationships.
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.For Aristotle, then, happiness is "the virtuous activity of the soul in accordance with reason": happiness is the practice of virtue.^ Sovereign virtue : Aristotle on the relation between happiness and prosperity / Stephen A. White.

.Many ethicists make arguments for how humans should behave, either individually or collectively, based on the resulting happiness of such behavior.^ Happiness and economics : how the economy and institutions affect human well-being / Bruno S. Frey and Alois Stutzer.

^ Science of happiness : how our brains make us happy--and what we can do to get happier / Stefan Klein ; translated by Stephen Lehmann.

^ Darwinian happiness : evolution as a guide for living and understanding human behavior / by Bjørn Grinde.

.Utilitarians, such as John Stuart Mill and Jeremy Bentham, advocated the greatest happiness principle as a guide for ethical behavior.^ Idea of happiness, in a letter to a friend [microform] : enquiring wherein the greatest happiness attainable by man in this life does consist / by John Norris ...

^ Darwinian happiness : evolution as a guide for living and understanding human behavior / by Bjørn Grinde.

Economic views

Common market health measures such as GDP and GNP have been used as a measure of successful policy. On average richer nations tend to be happier than poorer nations, but this effect seems to diminish with wealth.[41][42] This has been explained by the fact that the dependency is not linear but logarithmic, i.e., the same percentual increase in the GNP produces the same increase in happiness for wealthy countries as for poor countries.[43] [44][45][46]
Well-known philosopher and author, Dev K., stated in the prologue of his book "Can money buy happiness?"(2010) as follows: "Can money buy happiness? .No, because “happiness” is not an entity that is produced and sold but rather a mental and emotional state.^ What action do you have to take to compost this experience and make it a learning experience in your life rather than a drain because of negative emotions?
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Happiness, however, is a spectrum and money can expand on existing happiness. Even in people without existing happiness, money has potential to lead to opportunity for happiness. .One thing is for certain – money cannot make you depressed". This view has been seen by some as the perfect answer to this age-old debate, but also deemed non-sensical by others.^ Normal things like, Thank you for making coffee for me this morning.
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^ Consider writing things down in all 4 categories and see which ones you may have scored an A+ and which areas you could pay more attention to.
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^ You are now receiving positive regard in three ways through doing a good act, knowing it is making a positive difference, and receiving it back from the other person.
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Economic freedom correlates strongly with happiness[47] while social security not at all[48], and socialist East European countries were less happy than Western ones, even less happy than other equally poor countries[48].
It has been argued that happiness measures could be used not as a replacement for more traditional measures, but as a supplement.[49] .According to professor Edward Glaeser, people constantly make choices that decrease their happiness, because they have also more important aims.^ People who keep gratitude lists make progress toward completing important individual goals such as academic, interpersonal and health-based, according to research by Robert Emmons.
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^ Making happy people : the nature of happiness and its origins in childhood / Paul Martin.

^ By writing them you give yourself the gift of making your load lighter as you attempt to experience more happiness.
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Therefore, the government should not decrease the alternatives available for the citizen by patronizing them but let the citizen keep a maximal freedom of choice. [50]
It has been argued that happiness at work is the one of the driving forces behind positive outcomes at work, rather than just being a resultant product.[51]

See also

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    ."Psychological Wellbeing", The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire: a compact scale for the measurement of psychological well-being.^ We will focus on creating happiness and well being.
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    ^ Structure of psychological well-being, by Norman M. Bradburn, with the assistance of C. Edward Noll.

    ^ Happiness and economics : how the economy and institutions affect human well-being / Bruno S. Frey and Alois Stutzer.

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  • David G. Myers, Ph.^ Happiness : lessons from a new science / Richard Layard.

    ^ April 28-30, 2006 New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU .

    ^ Two years later, (April 2006), Garnett and Meiselas were invited to speak together at the COMEDIES OF FAIR U$E symposium at the New York Institute for the Humanities, organized by Lawrence Weschler and hosted by New York University .

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Further reading

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  • Journal of happiness studies: an interdisciplinary forum on subjective well-being, International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS), quarterly since 2000, also online
  • Carol Graham "Happiness Around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires", 2010
  • W. Doyle Gentry "Happiness for dummies", 2008
  • Eric G. Wilson "Against happiness", 2008
  • Sonja Lyubomirsky "The how of happiness", 2007
  • Niek Persoon "Happiness doesn't just happen", 2006
  • Richard Layard "Happiness", 2005
  • Desmond Morris "The nature of happiness", 2004
  • Gregg Easterbrook "The progress paradox - how life gets better while people feel worse", 2003
  • Ben Renshaw "The secrets of happiness", 2003
  • Martin E.P. Seligman "Authentic happiness", 2002
  • Alexandra Stoddard "Choosing happiness - keys to a joyful life", 2002
  • Robert Holden "Happiness now!", 1998
  • Joop Hartog & Hessel Oosterbeek "Health, wealth and happiness", 1997
  • Ruut Veenhoven "Bibliography of happiness - world database of happiness : 2472 studies on subjective appreciation of life", 1993
  • Neil Kaufman "Happiness is a choice", 1991
  • Michael W. Eysenck "Happiness - facts and myths", 1990
  • Lynne McFall "Happiness", 1989
  • Michael Argyle "The psychology of happiness", 1987
  • Ruut Veenhoven "Conditions of happiness", 1984
  • Elizabeth Telfer "Happiness : an examination of a hedonistic and a eudaemonistic concept of happiness and of the relations between them...", 1980
  • Norman M. Bradburn "The structure of psychological well-being", 1969
  • Bertrand Russell "The conquest of happiness", orig.^ Structure of psychological well-being, by Norman M. Bradburn, with the assistance of C. Edward Noll.

    ^ How of happiness : a new approach to getting the life you want / Sonja Lyubomirsky.

    ^ Secret of happiness : how to enjoy life / by David Miller.

    1930 (many reprints)
  • James Mackaye "Economy of happiness", 1906

External links


Quotes

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From Wikiquote

Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally... ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
.Happiness is an emotional or affective state that is characterized by feelings of enjoyment and satisfaction.^ Conversely, if you are around people who are happy their emotional state will be infectious.
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^ Reply 49 Jitan C (NYC) January 12, 2010 at 19:34 Happiness is a state of mind… and not a feeling of touch.
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^ One cannot measure happiness as it is state of mind, a feeling that you get, a behavior that comes upon you after some event or occasion.
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As a state and a subject, it has been pursued and commented on extensively throughout world history.

Sourced

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  • We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.^ They aren’t trapped by a life spent acquiring things in the the search for happiness.
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    ^ The demand keeps growing as teachers, parents, and individuals from all walks of life and all parts of the world are realizing that happiness is a practice accessible to all.

    ^ The truth of the matter is that happiness, like anything else in life, needs to be nurtured.
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  • We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.^ And it is in these relationships that we all grow and become the best people we can.
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    ^ The truth of the matter is that happiness, like anything else in life, needs to be nurtured.
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    ^ These can be self critical or they can be about other people or situations.
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  • The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.^ Psychology of happiness : a good human life / Samuel S. Franklin.

    ^ Philosophers and religious thinkers have often defined happiness in terms of living a good life, or flourishing, rather than simply as an emotion.
    • Happiness 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.docstoc.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ First: To be happier, you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.

    • Thomas Jefferson Letter "to the Republican Citizens of Washington County, Maryland" (31 March 1809)
  • Happiness depends, as Nature shows,
    Less on exterior things than most suppose."
  • Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. .Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.^ Vauvenargues: “There are men who are happy without knowing it.” Eric Hoffer: “The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.” Sartre: "Hell is other people."

    ^ Only if we habitually seek the genuine happiness of others will we find “authentic” and lasting happiness (as opposed to synthetic and short-lived happiness, something most of us are familiar with).
    • 9 Tips in Life that Lead to Happiness - Stepcase Lifehack 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.lifehack.org [Source type: General]

    ^ I have been to some very poor places where people seemed much happier than where there was more wealth.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

  • Happiness is not an island, but a hill.
    • George Catlin
  • In all this world there is nothing so beautiful as a happy child.^ It's no wonder people keep saying we should all move there and be as "happy" as the Cubans are...
    • Ah Cuba, that bastion of happiness - BMW Luxury Touring Community 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.bmwlt.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • Santa Claus in The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1902) by L. Frank Baum
  • The nicest Thing about being Happy is that You think You'll never be Unhappy Again
    • Luis Molina in Kiss of The Spider Woman
  • Most people measure their happiness in terms of physical pleasure and material possession.^ Do you work on being happier?

    ^ How do you define and measure happiness?
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Spend a few minutes each day thinking about the things that make you happy.
    • 9 Tips in Life that Lead to Happiness - Stepcase Lifehack 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.lifehack.org [Source type: General]

    .Could they win some visible goal which they have set on the horizon, how happy they could be!^ Truly happy people don’t allow set backs to affect their mood because they know that with a little thought they can turn the circumstances back to their favor.
    • 9 Tips in Life that Lead to Happiness - Stepcase Lifehack 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.lifehack.org [Source type: General]

    ^ How true - then they would have some "splainin" to do.
    • Ah Cuba, that bastion of happiness - BMW Luxury Touring Community 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.bmwlt.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Originally Posted by RonKMiller How true - then they would have some "splainin" to do.
    • Ah Cuba, that bastion of happiness - BMW Luxury Touring Community 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.bmwlt.com [Source type: General]

    Lacking this gift or that circumstance, they would be miserable. .If happiness is to be so measured, I who cannot hear or see have every reason to sit in a corner with folded hands and weep.^ Happiness cannot be measured on any scale.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I don’t know how you measure happiness, but I think for people who are truly happy, it is an internal part of their character, so what happens externally to them cannot take their contentment away.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Measuring happiness is like riding unicorns—it cannot be done.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .If I am happy in spite of my deprivations, if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith, so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life, — if, in short, I am an optimist, my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.^ I've resisted the notion of loving my flaws for most of my life, worrying that if I actually loved the things I thought were wrong with me, they'd never change and I'd be stuck with them.
    • Happiness : Pictures, Videos, Breaking News 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.huffingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

    ^ My circumstances have had little effect on my happiness except in the short term.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ For me happiness is not having to struggle just to get my next meal, having the opportunity to do the things that give me pleasure and knowing that I have people in my life that will love me unconditionally.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

  • Happiness is the twin sister of optimism and the twin brother of contentment. .
  • The road to happiness has never been a straight one, and yet, it is the only road worth traveling, no matter how curvy or rocky it is!^ Willa Cather: “One cannot divine nor forecast the conditions that will make happiness; one only stumbles upon them…” Alexander Smith: “We are never happy; we can only remember that we were so once.” John Stuart Mill: “Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.” .

    ^ The Hindu culture has debated this issue for centuries… It is not sufficient to characterize a country as happy or not, but it is worth mentioning that nothing external can make one individual happy.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ No one can be convinced that they should be happy if they are able to find a reason not to be.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

  • Perfect the Will, the Mind, Feeling, their corporeal organs and their material tools; be useful to yourselves, to your own ones, and to others; and Happiness, insofar as it exists on this earth, will come of itself."
  • Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment. .
  • A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.^ Idea of happiness, in a letter to a friend [microform] : enquiring wherein the greatest happiness attainable by man in this life does consist / by John Norris ...

    .
  • Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness.^ Many callers have said that their loved ones make them happy, but the truth is, no person or thing can make someone happy because the happiness you feel is temporary.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I have read through everyones comments and find it amazing how many different ways happiness can be perceived.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. .
  • How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea.^ We aren’t willing to stop and think about how we can align the way we live with the things that we claim make us happy.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ When you are feeling overwhelmed and over powered by all the things you have to do, how do you stay sane, focused, balanced, confident, effective and happy?

    ^ It is surprising how those who are truly happy have very little materialistic.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    . . . .All that is required to feel that here and now is happiness is a simple, frugal heart.^ You can choose your mood and attitude,” another happy person said, “I choose to try to be happy and feel good almost all of the time.” .

    ^ When you are feeling overwhelmed and over powered by all the things you have to do, how do you stay sane, focused, balanced, confident, effective and happy?

    ^ A simple minimalist life gives one an untroubled peaceful life, which can also be considered happiness but that requires a certain maturity that comes with age and experience and is not everybody’s cup of tea.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
  • Happiness, whether consisting in pleasure or virtue, or both, is more often found with those who are highly cultivated in their minds and in their character, and have only a moderate share of external goods, than among those who possess external goods to a useless extent but are deficient in higher qualities.^ During my study of happiness, I’ve noticed that I often learn more from one person’s highly idiosyncratic experiences than I do from sources that detail universal principles or cite up-to-date studies.

    ^ Possessions bring temporary thrills and enjoyment but long-lasting happiness comes from being a free human being, love for your family, your friends, complete strangers, those who are considered enemies… .
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I don’t know how you measure happiness, but I think for people who are truly happy, it is an internal part of their character, so what happens externally to them cannot take their contentment away.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

  • Happiness does not depend on the size or content of a goal, but on the strength of the desire to have it.
  • Happiness is always so much more enjoyable when it's based on the misery of millions.^ If you want to read more about this resolution, check out… A secret to happiness?

    ^ How much of all this teaching is about love?
    • Dr. Happiness | How to Stop the Negativity in Your Life 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.drhappiness.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Most people in the US are not happy because we base happiness on what we can buy, and how much money we have.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

  • There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.
    • Buddah

Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)

Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).
  • Brethren, happiness is not our being's end and aim. .The Christian's aim is perfection, not happiness; and every one of the sons of God must have something of that spirit which marked his Master.^ Habitually Happy People are masters of using the power of love, positive expressions and enthusiastic feelings to buoy their spirits and to energize and encourage people around them.

    ^ Buy Tumbled Quartz Now Order Other Forms of this Stone "Happiness Stones": Sunstone Honors the God, energizes and empowers one's self.
    • Happiness, Secrets To Happiness, Create Your Own Happiness, Joy, Being Happy, Crystals for Happiness, State of Mind at Peacefulmind.com 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.peacefulmind.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Five happiness boosters that actually do more harm than good Do something every day .

  • There is something better for us in the world than happiness.^ If Afghanistan joins the world of incessant “more is always better” consumerism, they might see something similar.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ If there are more happy persons in village A than in village B does this mean that village A is happier than village B? .
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I have been to some very poor places where people seemed much happier than where there was more wealth.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    We will take happiness as the incident of this, gladly and gratefully. .We will add a thousand fold to the happiness of the present in the fearlessness of the future which it brings; but we will not place happiness first, and thus cloud our heads with doubts, and fill our hearts with discontent.^ It focuses time and attention on what’s wrong, not on building new skills and strategies that bring happiness and future success.

    ^ No person, place or thing can bring you happiness.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ For a basis you would have to think, that having a full belly, a warm bed and a comfortable and safe place to live would fill the criteria for being happy.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    In the blackest soils 'grow the richest flowers, and the loftiest and strongest trees spring heavenward among the rocks.
  • In vain do they talk of happiness who never subdued an impulse in obedience to a principle.^ Those who believe that they are not worthy of happiness may subconsciously sabotage their efforts to achieve happiness.
    • 9 Tips in Life that Lead to Happiness - Stepcase Lifehack 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.lifehack.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Happiness comes to those who BELIEVE THEY ARE HAPPY! It's just as simple as that.
    • Happiness, Secrets To Happiness, Create Your Own Happiness, Joy, Being Happy, Crystals for Happiness, State of Mind at Peacefulmind.com 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.peacefulmind.com [Source type: General]

    .He who never sacrificed a present to a future good, or a personal to a general one, can speak of happiness only as the blind do of colors.^ Willa Cather: “One cannot divine nor forecast the conditions that will make happiness; one only stumbles upon them…” Alexander Smith: “We are never happy; we can only remember that we were so once.” John Stuart Mill: “Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.” .

    ^ Vauvenargues: “There are men who are happy without knowing it.” Eric Hoffer: “The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.” Sartre: "Hell is other people."

    ^ Many callers have said that their loved ones make them happy, but the truth is, no person or thing can make someone happy because the happiness you feel is temporary.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

  • The sacrifices required in the Christian life are necessary to emancipate the soul, and raise it above its servile dependence on condition. .They are losses of mere happiness, and for just that reason they are preparations of joy.^ No one can be convinced that they should be happy if they are able to find a reason not to be.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Happiness comes to those who BELIEVE THEY ARE HAPPY! It's just as simple as that.
    • Happiness, Secrets To Happiness, Create Your Own Happiness, Joy, Being Happy, Crystals for Happiness, State of Mind at Peacefulmind.com 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.peacefulmind.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.
    • Enjoyment :: Mesquite Hollow - Breeders of fine Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 22 September 2009 16:45 UTC www.mesquitehollow.com [Source type: Original source]

  • It is a great truth, wonderful as it is undeniable, that all our happiness—temporal, spiritual, and eternal — consists in one thing; namely, in resigning ourselves to God, and in leaving ourselves with Him, to do with us and in us just as He pleases.^ How we "program" ourselves to see our real happiness, shows us just how happy we are.
    • Happiness, Secrets To Happiness, Create Your Own Happiness, Joy, Being Happy, Crystals for Happiness, State of Mind at Peacefulmind.com 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.peacefulmind.com [Source type: General]

    ^ All the Habitually Happy people we interviewed and studied said they experienced sadness, grief, distress, regret and various forms of mental malaise just like the rest of us.

    ^ Many callers have said that their loved ones make them happy, but the truth is, no person or thing can make someone happy because the happiness you feel is temporary.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    • Madame Guyon, p. .297.
  • Happiness is neither within us nor without us, it is the union of ourselves with God.^ Once each of us can actually can love ourselves for who we are — warts and all (this is the important part) -- we can then be open to real happiness.

    ^ As a Christian I beleive happiness comes to the person who lives within God’s intended purposes.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ How we "program" ourselves to see our real happiness, shows us just how happy we are.
    • Happiness, Secrets To Happiness, Create Your Own Happiness, Joy, Being Happy, Crystals for Happiness, State of Mind at Peacefulmind.com 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.peacefulmind.com [Source type: General]

  • Happiness is not the end of duty, it is a constituent of it. It is in it and of it; not an equivalent, but an element.
  • When we are not too anxious about happiness and unhappi- ness, but devote ourselves to the strict and unsparing performance of duty, then happiness comes of itself — nay, even springs from the midst of a life of troubles and anxieties and privations.^ From what I’ve seen, happiness is about getting clear about who you truly are – your values and purpose, and living a life that’s authentic.
    • 9 Tips in Life that Lead to Happiness - Stepcase Lifehack 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.lifehack.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Happiness is when you can think about something weeks, months, or even years later and the happiness returns.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Tips in Life that Lead to Happiness « Blog Sphere Become Wealthy » Blog Archive » Learn about wealth - Happiness the Movie Become Wealthy » Blog Archive » How to become wealth - happiness synonym .
    • 9 Tips in Life that Lead to Happiness - Stepcase Lifehack 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.lifehack.org [Source type: General]

  • So long as you do not quarrel with sin, you will never be a truly happy man.^ You learn with age, that materialistic people will never ever be happy because nothing is ever enough.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I can!” Habitually Happy people reply, or “I can try.” “With an attitude like that you’ll never be truly happy!” .

    • J. C. Ryle, p. .297.
  • Beware what earth calls happiness; beware
    All joys, but joys that never can expire.^ When all is engulfed with choices of our own need, that is joy knowing what is escaped never really was.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

  • Happiness is not perfected until it is shared.
    • Jane Porter, p. 298.

External links

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Wikipedia
Wikipedia has an article about:
  • Happiness Foundation
  • The World Database of Happiness
  • The Happiness Show
  • The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry "Pleasure"
  • The Sunday Times Magazine
  • Science & Spirit — "The Search for Happiness" by Robert Biswas-Diener — Science tells us that a moderated, mildly positive outlook on life is our natural balance.^ They aren’t trapped by a life spent acquiring things in the the search for happiness.
    • 9 Tips in Life that Lead to Happiness - Stepcase Lifehack 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.lifehack.org [Source type: General]

    ^ We know from Barbara Fredricksons theory of broaden and build that positive emotions like joy, delight, lightness and amusement allow us to expand our thinking.
    • Dr. Happiness | How to Stop the Negativity in Your Life 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.drhappiness.com [Source type: General]

    ^ For me happiness is not having to struggle just to get my next meal, having the opportunity to do the things that give me pleasure and knowing that I have people in my life that will love me unconditionally.
    • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Which means that wherever we go and whatever we do, the high's the limit.
  • Science & Spirit — "Set Point Match" by Nancy Etcoff — Studies of identical twins suggest the blueprint for joy is in our genes.^ Continually Sparkle, Radiate and Set A Positive, Enthusiastic Holiday Tone – Consciously deciding to continually sparkle and radiate joy raises your spirits and the spirits of the people around you.

    .Yet brain images show our happiness levels can change according to circumstance, activities, and patterns of thought.^ Truly happy people don’t allow set backs to affect their mood because they know that with a little thought they can turn the circumstances back to their favor.
    • 9 Tips in Life that Lead to Happiness - Stepcase Lifehack 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.lifehack.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Our self-confidence and self-love are often the key to opening and strengthening this portion of our thoughts which in turn emanates from ourselves, which in turn allows happiness to find us!
    • Happiness, Secrets To Happiness, Create Your Own Happiness, Joy, Being Happy, Crystals for Happiness, State of Mind at Peacefulmind.com 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.peacefulmind.com [Source type: General]

    ^ This idea is based on harvard research that shows that people will become happier from the simple act of writing down 5 happy thoughts a day.
    • 9 Tips in Life that Lead to Happiness - Stepcase Lifehack 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.lifehack.org [Source type: General]

    Is the pursuit of positive emotions a mixed-up game of nature and nurture.
  • BBC NEWS - Happiness Formula

Study guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiversity

What would be your utopia? .If you could wake up tomorrow to utopia what would it be?^ An example could go like this: You called to tell me what you would like to do this evening.
  • Dr. Happiness | How to Stop the Negativity in Your Life 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.drhappiness.com [Source type: General]

^ If you have to wake up at 7:00 am, staying awake until 1:30 am each night is unlikely to be sufficient.

^ Pile up too many tomorrows and you’ll find that you’ve collected nothing but a bunch of empty yesterdays.
  • 9 Tips in Life that Lead to Happiness - Stepcase Lifehack 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.lifehack.org [Source type: General]

Millions of dollars, living on a tropical island? .Do you think it would make you happy forever?^ You don't find happiness, you make happiness.
  • Happiness: THE ART AND PRACTICE OF HAPPINESS 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.1000ventures.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Understand what it is that will make you happy.
  • 9 Tips in Life that Lead to Happiness - Stepcase Lifehack 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.lifehack.org [Source type: General]

^ Rolando Cirque de Happiness…The Celebration Continues December 4th, 2009 Posted in Blog from India , Uncategorized What do you think?

Campbell, a social psychologist, says it wouldn’t. .He argues that we would feel euphoric for a time, but would then gradually recalibrate our adaptation level and start to feel deprived when some things fall below our level of expectation.^ He argued that if we did not feel satisfaction or pleasure in nourishing one’s "vital force" with "righteous deeds", that force would shrivel up (Mencius,6A:15 2A:2).
  • Happiness 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.docstoc.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Instead of starting the day feeling annoyed, I have a wonderful feeling of having accomplished a lot before my usual wake-up time of 6:00 am.

^ Then you think of two things and gradually increase that number as time goes by.
  • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

See also


Source material

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Up to date as of January 23, 2010

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We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.
-Anne Frank
.All sentient beings naturally seek happiness.^ Positive thinking, motivation, being with positive people, reading inspiring literature or practicing meditation, all awaken happiness.
  • 9 Tips in Life that Lead to Happiness - Stepcase Lifehack 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC www.lifehack.org [Source type: General]

^ For me happiness is not having the latest gadget, or lots of money, or being successful (all of which I’ve had).
  • On air: How do you measure happiness? « BBC World Have Your Say 18 January 2010 12:012 UTC worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Buddhism also encourages the generation of loving kindness and compassion, the desire for the happiness and welfare of all beings.
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As humans have complex minds, the path to this goal can seem equally complex. The goal of this Wikibook is to make the search for self-fulfillment easier.

Contents

What are the Keys to Happiness?

How do we Work Towards Happiness?

Miscellaneous

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Simple English

is a well known symbol of happiness.]]
Simple English Wiktionary has the word meaning for:

Happiness is a feeling of pleasure and satisfaction. Happiness is the opposite to sadness. When someone feels good, proud, relieved or satisfied about something, that person may be described as "happy". Feeling happy may help people to relax and to smile.

Happiness is usually thought of as the opposite of sadness. However, it is possible to feel both at once[needs proof], often about different things.

Many philosophers[who?] have said that people in this world go back and forth between times of happiness and sadness, but there is nobody who is always happy or always sad. happiness sometimes causes you to cry or pee when you laugh because the emotion takes control.



Citable sentences

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Here are sentences from other pages on Happiness, which are similar to those in the above article.








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