THE OCTOBER DAILY #29

How would you define ‘Happiness’?

Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.  A variety of biological, psychological, religious, and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources. Various research groups, including positive psychology, endeavor to apply the scientific method to answer questions about what “happiness” is, and how it might be attained. It is of such fundamental importance to the human condition that “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” were deemed to be unalienable rights by the United States Declaration of Independence.

Philosophers and religious thinkers often define happiness in terms of living a good life, or flourishing, rather than simply as an emotion. Happiness in this 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.

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Noun 

1. The quality or state of being happy.

2. Good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.

Courtesy of Dictionary.com

HOW I DEFINE HAPPINESS:

 

  1. When I receive a text message or a call from a friend or family asking how was my day.
  2. Lance would say “I love you” when I least expect it.
  3. When a passerby would smile kindly at me.
  4. When someone would say thank you.
  5. A hug from my siblings.
  6. A great day from work.
  7. When the weekend passed peacefully.
  8. Hot bath with my favorite shampoo.
  9. A wink.
  10. Flower from the one I love.

As you can see, you don’t need extravagant things to define happiness. Even the smallest things can make someone happy, which some consider as nothing or put in disregard. When I define happiness it’s what you feel inside along with contentment. When you are contented with everything that you have, happiness is everywhere. You can find it in yourself, find it with your family or within your work place. Happiness can have many forms and sizes. It’s basically everywhere – all we need to do is open our eyes and see it.

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