What is happiness?
Leading behavioural psychologists tell us that it’s often a combination of factors. Firstly, an overall sense of wellbeing. Someone who feels in control of their health, is active, and conscious of what they need to do to stay healthy. Secondly, someone who not only experiences positive situations, but someone who recognises the positives and welcomes those feelings too; for example after an appraisal at work, not only focussing on the stuff to improve, but also recalling and telling others about the positives too. Lastly those who have plans, goals, a direction they are heading in, whether that be work or personal.
Now of course you can be inactive, not very healthy or have any true direction and still be happy, but would having them make you even happier?
That said, what can we all do to improve our happiness and have more chances of experiencing the emotion more regularly?
‘You don't find happiness, you create it.’
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