Tracking your own subjective well-being can be very powerful if you keep alongside a journal of your life's events.
Keep it up for some time and you will see trends emerge. You'll also be able to adjust your activities in order to maximize positive affect and life satisfaction and minimize negative affect.
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This is the primary way Positive Psychology researchers have defined and measured people's happiness and well-being.
It's defined as your evaluations of your own life and your moods and emotions (that's why it's labeled as "subjective").
It consists of 3 parts: positive affect, negative affect, and life satisfaction.
Positive affect and negative affect are basically your emotions and moods, and life satisfaction refers to the evaluation of your life as a whole (how satisfied you are with your life, what you would change etc).
To address the disconnect between happiness and deeper levels of satisfaction, researches proposed a model that characterizes people as falling into one of four well-being types.
Being happy affects your health and well-being more than you think. It makes you become more content with what you have currently. It allows you to build stronger relationships with people.
Happiness makes an individual more resilient. This allows them to manage stress better and happy people live longer on average than negative people. Being satisfied with life also helps you get sick less often. Happier mental state is connected to having increased immunity.
Research has found that people who use different mediums, like talking on the phone, emailing each other and also seeing each other, tend to have stronger relationships with one another.
Even though technology might become more and more invasive, the reality is that the source of happiness will remain unaltered.