Happiness is defined differently depending on whom you are asking. Some people define happiness as a positively sensitive experience. Others define happiness as having hydonia (pleasure) and eudaimonia (rich). Outside of the scientific world, most of us define it as a mixture of positive sensory experience and a deep sense of meaning and purpose in life. It is a state of mind characterized by feelings of joy, satisfaction, contentment, and fulfillment. Although happiness has many different definitions, it is often described as involving positive emotions and life satisfaction.
When most people talk about happiness, they are talking about how they feel in the present moment or more general knowledge about how they are feeling about life as a whole.
Happiness tends to be such a broadly defined term, psychologists and other social scientists usually use the term ‘subjective well-being’ when they speak of this mental state. As can be heard, subjective well-being now focuses on the individual’s overall personal feelings about their life in the present.
The two main elements of happiness (or thematic well-being):
- Balance of Emotions: Everyone feels both positive and negative emotions, feelings, and moods. Happiness is usually associated with feeling more positive than negative ones.
- The satisfaction of life: It relates to how much you feel satisfied with different areas of your life, including your relationships, work, achievements, and what you consider important.
Some signs of happiness include:
- Feeling like you are living the life you wanted
- Your life situation seems to be good
- Looks like you’ve achieved (or will accomplish) what you want in life
- Feeling satisfied with your life
- Feeling more positive than negative
One important thing to keep in mind is that happiness is not a state of constant euphoria. Another hand, it is the overall feeling of experiencing more positive emotions than negative ones.
Let’s know some answers to a somewhat easier question: what isn’t happiness?
Happiness Is Not feeling Good 24 Hours A Day
‘What is happiness?’ When trying to answer questions, science also suggests that it does not always come from feeling happy. In fact, almost all happy people experience sadness at different times in their lives. The researchers found that every human being has a baseline level or ‘set-point’ of happiness.
This psychological term describes our general level of happiness, and all people have different set-points: those who are higher are happier most of the time compared to those who have a less happy outlook (and lower setpoints).
It comes later than unhappy life events remove the level of happiness below their set-point while positive or exciting events raise your level of happiness above your set-point. These levels return to their natural base level when the event of life is over (which is why we often feel the ‘holiday blues’ when it comes to the heights of a recent trip).
Happiness is not about being wealthy or Affording Everything You Want
Data from the first half of the twentieth century – during World War and the Depression – indicates that happiness levels have increased as household incomes have increased. Researchers believe that more money makes people happier. But this is not the case nowadays.
And while living in poverty certainly makes it harder to achieve happiness, recent research suggests that money doesn’t buy us more happiness after a certain point.
A key exception to money that is not directed towards happiness is when you choose to spend your cash for the experience, especially with friends and family. In their book Happy Money: The Science of Smart Spending, authors Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton show that it makes us happy to spend our hard-earned cash to spend experience or money.
Norton, an associate professor of marketing at Harvard Business School, says, “By gifting someone else, you are connecting and conversing with that person, and those things are really good for happiness.”
Happiness is a journey, not a destination
The most important thing is discovering the joy of happiness by living in the present and doing more of what gives you joy, many of us can not do that.
Live in the moment
We are living in difficult times. Our lives are defined by set timelines, goals, shots, and of course stress. Many of us can’t sit back and enjoy the moment. We are always in a hurry to do something or to do something else, to plan for the future, to find an order. But if you want to embrace happiness, live in the present moment, enjoy the moment. Thinking about the future will not make your day beautiful. But living in the present will give you peace of mind, you will find the actual meaning of living life.
Enjoy your passion
Forget about how we can feel in an ambitious and success-driven world. From our childhood, we have been told to control our emotions, to be in control of situations and emotions. But life is the inner workings of a person. Don’t be afraid of your emotions. Letting us feel ourselves is what makes us human.
Be kind to yourself
Many of us do not always lead to positive results. But you don’t have to be hard on yourself and don’t over-criticize. Be sympathetic to yourself and also make a point to learn from your mistakes.
Do more that makes you happy
Doing more than what makes you happy is and fulfilling. Yes, we should work to pay our bills. None of us are born with a silver spoon. But we must spend some time doing things that make us feel happy and energetic. Hobbies are one of the best ways to tap into that creative energy. Being with nature is a great way to communicate with yourself. So, enjoy nature walking, trekking, surfing, playing games. If art gives you pleasure, visit art galleries, see dance performances, or just serve the music and dance to your heart’s content.
Happiness is when your life fulfills your needs
Happiness comes when you feel satisfied and fulfilled only. It is a feeling of contentment, life is as it should be. Perfect joy, enlightenment comes when all your needs are satisfied.
Although the perfect happiness of enlightenment can be difficult to achieve and more difficult to maintain, it is not in one and/or the other. There is almost boundless happiness between enlightened joy and the despair of despair. Most of us fall closer to the middle than to the edge.
What are your happiness values?
It is very important to explore the values of your happiness is another way to think about your definition because not all aspects of happiness are equally important to all of us.
- Energy Seekers: Energy seekers value emotions such as emotion, excitement, excitement, confidence and winning, joy, or inspiration.
- Connection Seekers: Connection seekers are valued for love, connection, appreciation, or protection.
- Goal Seekers: Goal seekers are valued for being productive, appreciative, satisfied, and sometimes secure, confident, or proud.
It is possible that by knowing which emotion you value the most you can get a clearer definition of your own and reach it more easily.
In fact, you have the ability to control all about how you feel—and with consistent practice, you can form life-long habits for a more satisfying and fulfilling life and be happy all time.