What is happiness?
Most of us probably don’t believe we need a formal definition of happiness; we know it when we feel it, and we often use the term to describe a range of positive emotions, including joy, pride, contentment, and gratitude. But to understand the causes and effects of happiness, researcher first need to define it. The researcher suggests that happiness is a combination of how satisfied you are with your life (for example, finding meaning in your work) and how good you feel on a day-to-day basis. Both of these are relatively stable—that is, our life changes, and our mood fluctuates, but our general happiness is more genetically determined than anything else they feel with their own lives and how much positive and negative emotion they’re experiencing.
You can’t talk about happiness without relating it to depression. Shawn Achor, author of the New York Times bestselling book The Happiness Advantage (2010), and founder of the Institute of Positive Research and GoodThinkInc., how happiness is linked with depression:
“I went through two years of depression while at Harvard. The opposite of happiness is not unhappiness. Unhappiness serves a valuable purpose. The opposite of happiness is apathy, which is the loss of joy we feel moving toward our potential.”
The good news is, with consistent effort, this can be offset. Think of it like you think about weight: if you eat how you want to and are as active as you want to be, your body will settle at a certain weight. But if you eat less than you’d like or exercise more, your weight will adjust accordingly. If that new diet or exercise regimen becomes part of your everyday life, then you’ll stay at this new weight. If you go back to eating and exercising the way you used to, your weight will return to where it started. So it goes, too, with happiness.
In other words, you have the ability to control how you feel—and with consistent practice, you can form life-long habits for a more satisfying and fulfilling life.
Finally, Eric Thomas says in his video HAPPINESS IS A CHOISE:
“Contrary to popular belief, happiness is a CHOICE. We get comfortable in fear, anger, and bitterness and feel like we don’t deserve happiness, or that it’s fleeting. We think, why go after happiness when it will leave me back at square one, bitter, angry and regretful. Happiness just like sadness, is a choice–a state of mind. Yes, you’ll go through hard times. Many people have gone through situations that, to others seem impossible to overcome. But they overcame, and have a testimony. I don’t know how many of you read the bible, but Paul states, “I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.” That’s the mindset you should strive to have. Look guys, if it was easy, then everyone would do it. But I know something about you, you’re here so you are ready for change. Take care and until next Monday, make the rest of your life, the best of your life.”