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What Happiness is Not ?

Defining happiness is as arduous as accomplishing it. Hundreds of different understandings of happiness exist in philosophy, psychology, religion, biology etc. Most people seem to have an understanding of happiness without feeling the need to define it.

Happiness is often described as an experience of positive emotion. Emotions can range from contentment to euphoria. However, there’s more to happiness than these momentary emotional or mental states. Happiness is a widely studied subject in positive psychology, and researchers assert the importance of second component of happiness i.e. an overarching sense of satisfaction with one’s life.

“ [Happiness is] the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile” (Lyubomirsky, 2007)

This is an attempt to try to understand happiness by what it’s not. A series of article will follow, citing research on happiness and its correlation with other factors; critically analysing the normative understanding of happiness without formulating a standard recipe.

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References:

[1] Lyubomirsky, S. (2007), The How of Happiness <Amazon link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-How-Of-Happiness-Practical/dp/0749952466>

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