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What Is Happiness?
First: What Happiness Is Not. Exploring some myths about happiness
– Does happiness mean “feeling good” all the time? (Unrealistic)
– Does happiness mean being rich – afford to have or to own everything you want?
– Does social or professional success lead to happiness?
– Is happiness something you achieve once and for all – a final destination?
– Is happiness the purpose of life? If not, what is it?
– Is happiness the absence of pain and sadness? (Not necessarily)
– Is happiness doing something new and exciting?
– Is happiness an illusion – something you can never really obtain?
– Is happiness the same as joy?
The Difference Between Joy and Happiness
In her book, “Joyful”, author Ingrid Fetell Lee says happiness is not the same as joy. “Happiness is a broad evaluation of how we feel about our lives over time. It is complex and is influenced by a range of factors, from how fulfilled we are at work, to the strength of our relationships to our set point.
But joy is simpler and more immediate. Joy is an intense, momentary experience of positive emotion, one that we can recognize by certain telltale expressions and sensations: smiling and laughter, and sensations of lightness or warmth, or a feeling like you want to jump up and down.
This distinction is important, because while it’s sometimes hard for us to know if we feel happy, small moments of joy are much more accessible to us, even in difficult times”, she says.
Think about this: It’s easier to feel joy than to feel happiness.
Definitions and Views of Happiness
Happiness is generally defined as a state of mind or feeling characterized by contentment and well-being. We note the following:
– No One Definition of Happiness. When you search the topic of happiness online, in literature, and in research, you will discover that there is no one agreed-upon definition of happiness.
– Dictionaries: Happiness is a state of well-being and contentment.
– Origin of Words: From happy-ness. Meaning “pleasant and contented mental state”.
– A variety of philosophical, religious, psychological, and biological approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources.
– Several other terms are often used in describing happiness. These include contentment, pleasure, joy, well-being, life-satisfaction, and quality of life.
– Philosophers often define happiness in terms of living a good life or flourishing.
– Religious and spiritual texts and thinkers often view happiness as living a virtuous life that is in harmony with the will and teachings of a deity. Saint Augustine (Christian) said that happiness is “a rejoicing in the truth.”
Research about happiness
Many research projects have been done in scientific and academic circles, each providing us with more insights into the subject of happiness. But often new studies change our understanding formed by older studies, and some results are contradictory. We offer examples below.
Facts and Fallacies about Happiness
– A famous 1978 study of lottery winners and accident victims found that winning the lottery didn’t increase happiness as much as others thought it would, and a catastrophic accident didn’t make people as unhappy as one might expect. People in both cases returned to their average levels of happiness.
– But later studies questioned the results of some studies that reported happiness to be as high in poor countries as it is in rich countries, and the claims that it is no less among paralyzed accident victims than it is among lottery winners (Brickman), and that it is unrelated to stable living conditions (Inglehart and Rabier).
– It was said that these sensational claims were inspected but found to be untrue. Instead, there were contrary research and interpretations that showed the following: (a) People tend to be unhappy under adverse conditions such as poverty, war, and isolation.
(b) Improvement or deterioration of at least some conditions does affect happiness, and,
(c) Earlier hardship does not favor later happiness, and
(d) People, in general, are typically positive about their life rather than neutral.
– While direct measurement of happiness presents challenges, tools such as The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire have been developed by researchers.
– Researchers of the relatively new field of Positive Psychology use theoretical models that include describing happiness as consisting of positive emotions and positive activities, and some describe three kinds of happiness: pleasure, engagement, and meaning.
Professor Martin Seligman originally developed a theory of happiness, then refined it to the PERMA theory of wellbeing. PERMA says that wellbeing has five broad components which are:
P = Positive Emotion. Feeling good, pleasure, joy, optimism.
E = Engagement. Doing fulfilling work, interesting hobbies, “flow”.
R = Relationships. Social and family connections, love, intimacy.
M = Meaning. Having a purpose, finding meaning in life.
A = Accomplishments. Achievements, ambition, pride, good goals.