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What is Happiness

What is happiness – is a golden question. Happiness per se is a very subjective topic. Happiness usually means different things to different people. If you take examples of philosophers, religious thinkers, spiritual gurus, and so forth; they would mostly define happiness as something to do with living a good life. Now this in itself is quite subjective; followers of different religions and different cultures will have different ways of living.

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So, we need a more objective explanation or definition of happiness. Scientifically speaking, happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being, period! Simplistically speaking, happiness is a state of good feeling. When you are feeling good, you are actually happy at that moment.

However, this objective element of happiness cannot be easily measured; hence, subjective well-being measures are used to produce World Happiness Report. Here, the primary distinction is between cognitive life evaluations and emotional reports. Happiness is used in both life evaluation, as in “How happy are you with your life as a whole?”, and in emotional reports, as in “How happy are you now?”, and people seem to be able to use happiness as appropriate in these verbal contexts. Using these measures, the World Happiness Report identifies the countries with the highest levels of happiness.

The United Nations declared 20 March the International Day of Happiness to recognise the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals.

“HAPPINESS is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” – Aristotle