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Happiness

Happiness is when a person feels satisfaction, contentment, and elation in their life. It is a fulfilling feeling to have despite it having varying definitions.

The term is generally used to explain one's present moment or how they feel about their life in a broad sense. Psychologists see it as a 'subjective' emotional state of a person's well-being. It focuses on our personal feelings in the existing moment.

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The theories of happiness

Scientists believe that these two theories are the reason why people pursue happiness:

  1. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: The basic needs of people are always put first before anything else. Once their basic needs have been covered, this motivates people to pursue psycholo...

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The effects of happiness

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 bet...

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Obstacles to attaining happiness

It's fairly easy to look for the things that make us happy, but we have to note that choosing the wrong things to value can lead to more harm than good. We need to be able to pick the thing that bring us happiness and makes our life better in a general sense.

Moreover, while evaluating hap...

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The two fundamental components of 'happiness'

  1. Emotional balance - We all experience positive and negative feelings from time to time. How one handles their emotional state is crucial as to how they radiate this energy towards everything they have going on in their life;
  2. Life satisfaction - Peo...

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Measuring your happiness

Here are questions you should ask yourself to know if you are happy:

  • Do you feel like you have the life you want? Are you working towards the life that you want?
  • Does your environment bring you peace of mind?
  • Have you accomplished the things yo...

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Practicing happiness

To some people, happiness comes naturally, but if it doesn't for you here are some things you can do to raise your happiness level:

  • Achieve the goals you want to achieve
  • Learn how to be in the present moment and let yourself enjoy the things you enjoy doing
  • Practice...

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Finding your purpose

We do not have complete control over everything that happens in our lives, but we can always choose which paths to go to and the actions we make. Purpose is something you can cultivate, remember that always.

It is important to explore your interests and find the things tha...

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Kendra Cherry

"Happiness isn’t a goal that you can simply reach and be done with. It is a constant pursuit that requires continual nurturing and sustenance."

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Two types of happiness

Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle differentiated the varieties of happiness:

  1. Hedonia (pleasure): this is the type of happiness that is associated with self-satisfaction and doing what makes you happy.
  2. Eudaimonia (mean...

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What is happiness

Happiness is an emotional state characterized by feelings of joy, satisfaction. contentment and fulfillment. 

While happiness has many different definitions, it is often described as involving positive emotions and life satisfaction.

Defining happiness

for our purposes in this piece, it’s enough to work off of a basic definition that melds the OED ‘s definition with that of positive psychologists: happiness is a state characterized by contentment and general satisfaction with one’s current situation.

Happiness vs Pleasure

Happiness, as we described above, is a state characterized by feelings of contentment and satisfaction with one’s life or current situation. On the other hand, pleasure is a more visceral, in-the-moment experience. It often refers to the sensory-based feelings we get from experiences like eating ...

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