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what is happiness

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what is happiness?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
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Expert:  P. Simmons replied 4 years ago.
Happiness is a state of mind or feeling characterized by contentment, love, satisfaction, pleasure, or joy.

There are many different definitions, based on the "school of thought"...for example, in religion or philosophy, it is defined as "living a good or right life" rather than simply an emotion or physical feeling.

There have been many scientific studies on this term and they tend to support a genetic link to this...that is it may be "in your genes"

See, for example here

http://www.psych.umn.edu/courses/fall06/macdonalda/psy4960/Readings/LyubomirskySustain_RGP05.pdf

There is also some research that suggests that happiness can be spread

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/04/AR2008120403537.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/05/health/05happy-web.html?_r=1

There are also studies that tend to support that happiness is associated to religion

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/happiness_formula/4783836.stm

http://www.time.com/time/2005/happiness/

Or that is associated with parenthood

http://www.economist.com/world/unitedstates/PrinterFriendly.cfm?story_id=10924082

But in the end, apart from the studies, happiness is individual. If you are happy...you know it. If not, not.






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