The Science of Happiness
“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.’
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
And, If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
Do you know how to define the term happiness? Does not it seem weird to ask what happiness is? Well, in scientific literature, happiness referred to as Hedonia, the presence of positive emotions and the absence of negative emotions. Most of us probably don’t have faith that we need a formal definition of happiness because we only know it when we feel it. And sometimes, we use the term to express a range of positive gestures including felicity, peace of mind, pride, contentment, prosperity, gratitude and elation. In fact, Happiness plays pretty essential role in everyone’s life as it is such a central concept that not many people pause to consider what is the actual happiness? How does it matter? And why we strive so energetically to achieve it.
Seemly, the basic science of well-being is when your life perfectly fulfills your desires according to your needs. On the other hand, perfect happiness of enlightenment may be difficult to gain, and even harder to maintain as it is not necessarily an internal or external experience, but can be both.
Sonja Lyubomirsky, a positive psychology researcher, elaborates cheerfulness as,
“The experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile.”
He basically wanted to say that we cultivate joy, the advantages are multifaceted. We are more likely to have well built bodies, to live longer lives, to be more creative and productive, have stronger associative connections and even at the end we all see healthier communities and cultures. There are also so many neurophysiological changes that felicity produces. Even if you look at cross sectional data, you find that our physical health is better with pleasure.
Similarly, if I am reporting so much joy in my life today, I have less chronic pain condition, lower chances of diabetes, less likely to get into fatal accidents and my immune system is functioning better. Even with basic cross sectional data, happiness brings certain health benefits. Howbeit, it is not wrong if we use the term”Subjective Well-Being” instead of happiness.
The Art of Well-Being
Necessarily, I also want to talk about some of the mental habits which we suppose to make actually hard for us to pursue or understand about well-being in a constructive way. Here, I want to touch an idea that Sonja brought up (which I mentioned above), called hedonic adaptation. It is a fancy word for getting used to things. For instance, its super satisfying when someone have their dream car. Then, by the time the specific peak of contentment is gradually eradicate day by day. Because it becomes the part of our routine. It happens because we struggle with in terms of trying to think about pursuing pleasure is sometimes not authentically judged well by us as we are not sure about what is going to make us happy or how long things will make us happy.
Consequently, though activities can increase our happiness, this doesn’t mean we will always pick the right activities for happiness. Surely we all have had a privilege and a possession or some moments and experiences which would make us happier.
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