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Happiness can therefore be seen as an indication that a person is biologically fit (near to the optimal state) and cognitively in control (capable of counteracting eventual deviations from that optimal state), in other words that he or she can satisfy all basic needs, in spite of possible perturbations from the environment.
Indeed, happiness can be rather accurately predicted on the basis of the objective "liveability" of the society in which the individual lives, and on the basis of his or her personal profile.
happy people are characterized by the belief that they are able to control their situation, whereas unhappy people tend to believe that they are a toy of fate.
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 Happiness & Public Policy
Schumaker argues that those who conceive of happiness as “subjective well-being” — comprised of the satisfaction of individual desires and the presence of high levels of positive affect (and minimal negative affect) — have failed to recognize that genuine happiness likely consists of more than satisfaction and pleasure.
Happiness research is seriously hampered by confusion and disagreement about the definition of its subject as well as the limitations inherent in current measurement techniques.
In its present state happiness research cannot be relied on as an authoritative source for empirical information about happiness, which, in any case, is not a simple empirical phenomenon but a cultural and historical moving target.
happinesspolicy.com   (5373 words)

  Happiness Quotes | Happiness Quotations | Happiness Sayings | Wisdom Quotes
The happiness that is genuinely satisfying is accompanied by the fullest exercise of our faculties and the fullest realization of the world in which we live.
Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
Happiness, it seems to me, consists of two things: first, in being where you belong, and second -- and best -- in comfortably going through everyday life, that is, having had a good night's sleep and not being hurt by new shoes.
www.wisdomquotes.com /cat_happiness.html   (1905 words)

  Happiness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Happiness is a prolonged or lasting emotional or affective state that feels good or pleasing.
Although popular usage of the term happiness refers to a state of mind, related to joy or pleasure, eudaimonia rarely describes a state of mind, and the less subjective "human flourishing" is therefore currently preferred as a translation.
Explanation of happiness in mystical traditions, especially in advanced spiritual techniques is related to full balance (conjunction, union, "secret marriage") of so called inner energy lines (energy channels of a soul or deepest dimension of the human): nadi (ancient indian), gimel kavim (hebrew), pillars, columns, gnostic ophis or caduceus.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Happiness   (2322 words)

 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Happiness   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In setting happiness as the intrinsic result of a policy of "following nature", the Stoics and the Cyrenaics were in verbal agreement with Plato, though diverging to opposite poles in their answer to the psychological question as to the constituents of happiness.
Not all kinds of intellectual action, however, result in happiness, but only virtuous action, that is, action which springs from virtue and is according to its laws; for this alone is appropriate to the nature of man. The highest happiness corresponds to the highest virtue; it is the best activity of the highest faculty.
Consequently, for Aristotle the highest happiness is to be found not in the ethical virtues of the active life, but in the contemplative or philosophic life of speculation, in which the dianoetic virtues of understanding, science, and wisdom are exercised.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/07131b.htm   (2292 words)

 Happiness Quotes - The Quotations Page
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.
Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
www.quotationspage.com /subjects/happiness   (552 words)

 The Way to Happiness Foundation
In all my years of experience, I have never found a more useful and effective tool for conveying and instilling in young people the foundation and framework from which to begin their life's work.
The Way to Happiness is the first moral code based wholly on common sense.
The Way to Happiness Foundation Venezuela was the topic of discussion of  the one-hour television show, “Conóceme” translated as “Meet us” on La Tele & Channel 68 in Caracas Venezuela on Monday, July 16, 2007.
www.thewaytohappiness.org   (851 words)

 Happiness at work - CNN.com
It is easy to track happiness to profit, all you have to do is to look at intention to quit, overtime worked and sickness, and one other thing...
Happiness for us, at work, is the stretch to extend yourself.
We get people to look at what contributes to their own happiness and who is responsible for those contributing factors.
www.cnn.com /2006/HEALTH/conditions/11/14/happiness.work   (643 words)

 languagehat.com: HAPPINESS.
Happy is from hap 'chance, fortune' and therefore originally meant 'lucky, fortunate; favoured by lot, position, or other external circumstance'; the fact that it has shifted over the centuries to the meaning 'glad, pleased' says nothing about changing concepts of happiness, only about the changing semantics of the word.
For example, "happiness" shares a semantic transition from "external good fortune" to "internal state" which can be seen in the Greek "having a good *daimon*" being turned into less mythical-seeming statements about the condition of enjoying good fortune.
I've always thought happiness in common usage could mean the ephemeral happy and the meaning in terms of a deeper state of wellbeing.
www.languagehat.com /archives/002277.php   (1794 words)

 Happiness Quotes - Literary Quotes About Happiness and Practically Everything Else
Their happiness, of course, is not a shallow exhilaration where life is one continuos intoxicating party.
Rather, their happiness is a deep sense of inner peace that comes when they believe their lives have meaning and that they are making a difference for good in the world.
Happiness is something final and complete in itself, as being the aim and end of all practical activities whatever....
quotes.prolix.nu /Happiness   (1089 words)

 Pew Research Center: Are We Happy Yet?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The correlation between happiness and family income is very strong indeed - reported happiness rises in a nearly straight line through eight levels of annual family income.
There is virtually no difference in happiness by gender and only a bit of variance in happiness by age.
Suburbanites are a bit happier than city folks, and Sunbelt residents are a bit happier than people who live in colder climates.
pewresearch.org /social/pack.php?PackID=1   (2663 words)

 The Observer | Magazine | On the happy trail
The difference is that instead of listing the things that are making him happy or unhappy, he writes down his key life 'domains' (love, profession, friends, play) and assigns them a rating on a scale of one to 10.
Most of us then grow steadily happier as we get older, with those in their sixties expressing the highest satisfaction levels of all - as long, that is, as they stay healthy.
Oswald dismisses talk of a happiness crisis as 'nonsense'; the real problem, he says, is one of achieving a proper work-life balance.
observer.guardian.co.uk /magazine/story/0,11913,1183928,00.html   (3326 words)

 The New Yorker: The Critics: Books
Socrates made the question of happiness one of full accord between an individual and the good: to be happy was to lead a good life, one in keeping with higher patterns of being.
The next big turning point in the history of happiness came with the Enlightenment, and its vision of the world as a rational place, which might be governed by laws analogous to the newly discovered Newtonian laws of physics.
Looking at the data from all over the world, it is clear that, instead of getting happier as they become better off, people get stuck on a “hedonic treadmill”: their expectations rise at the same pace as their incomes, and the happiness they seek remains constantly just out of reach.
www.newyorker.com /critics/books/articles/060227crbo_books   (2771 words)

 happiness - Wiktionary
An agreeable feeling or condition of the soul arising from good fortune or propitious happening of any kind; the possession of those circumstances or that state of being which is attended enjoyment; the state of being happy; contentment; joyful satisfaction; felicity; blessedness.
Happiness is generic, and is applied to almost every kind of enjoyment except that of the animal appetites.
His overthrow heaped happiness upon him; For then, and not till then, he felt himself, And found the blessedness of being little.
en.wiktionary.org /wiki/Happiness   (268 words)

 NPR : Finding Happiness in a Harvard Classroom
Happiness lies at the intersection between pleasure and meaning.
When this is not feasible, make sure you have happiness boosters, moments throughout the week that provide you with both pleasure and meaning.
Keep in mind that happiness is mostly dependent on our state of mind, not on our status or the state of our bank account.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=5295168   (472 words)

Solomon talks about self-deception and happiness; we can deceive ourselves into thinking we're happy when we're not and we can be happy without realizing it.
Happiness may just be one component of the good life.
Solomon wants to emphasize how complex the notion of happiness is while most people think of it in a very simplistic way.
www.philosophytalk.org /pastShows/Happiness.htm   (708 words)

 Happiness - 43FoldersWiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
According to Aristotle, happiness is "the best, noblest, and most pleasant thing," and "the highest good." Practically everything we do in life is either for our own happiness or for the happiness of others.
After abstract discussions of what constitutes happiness, one usually finds that it is something which simply "ensues." It is a by-product resulting from our inner and outer actions.
Six experts (read their happiness tips), from various fields such as psychology and economics, worked together to improve the happiness of people in the Berkshire town of Slough.
wiki.43folders.com /index.php/Happiness   (883 words)

 Happiness - Richard Layard - Penguin Group (USA)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
We now have sophisticated ways of measuring how happy people are, and all the evidence shows that on average people have grown no happier in the last fifty years, even as average incomes have more than doubled.
Happiness is an illuminating road map, grounded in hard research, to a better, happier life for us all.
We now have many good ways to measure how happy people are, as I’ll show, and all the evidence tells us that on average people have grown no happier over the last fifty years.
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 A Global Projection of Subjective Well-being: A Challenge to Positive Psychology?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In the U.K. interest in happiness was brought to widespread attention with the moral philosophy of Jeremy Bentham (1789) who argued that the purpose of politics should be to bring the greatest happiness to the greatest number of people.
In the literature a major distinction is drawn between brief emotional episodes, periods of joy or acute happiness, and an underlying state of happiness.
Whilst happiness is in itself intangible measures of SWB have been shown to be both valid and reliable (Pavot and Diener, 1993).
www.le.ac.uk /pc/aw57/world/sample.html   (1413 words)

To a first approximation, almost everyone is near the maximum on the happiness dimension, and this has been true throughout history as far back as we have reliable records.
An important exception is that hungry, diseased, oppressed people in developing nations tend to be slightly less happy — but once they reach a certain minimum standard of calorie intake and physical security, further increases in material affluence do not increase their happiness very much.
Some journalists may have realized that the happiness research challenges the consumerist dream-world upon which their advertising revenues depend — their failure to report on the implications of the research for consumerism is probably no accident.
www.edge.org /3rd_culture/story/86.html   (1608 words)

 LiveScience.com - The Keys to Happiness, and Why We Don't Use Them
Polls show Americans are no happier today than they were 50 years ago despite significant increases in prosperity, decreases in crime, cleaner air, larger living quarters and a better overall quality of life.
Happiness is 50 percent genetic, says University of Minnesota researcher David Lykken.
Happiness does not come via prescription drugs, although 10 percent of women 18 and older and 4 percent of men take antidepressants, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
www.livescience.com /humanbiology/060227_happiness_keys.html   (832 words)

 What is happiness?
Happiness, venture William James, the noted 19th century philosopher/psychologist, is reflected in the ratio of one's accomplishments to one's aspirations.
Happiness is being aware not only of the positive events that occur in your life but also that you yourself are the cause of these events--that you can create them, that you control their occurrence, and that you play a major role in the good things that happen to you.
Happiness isn't somewhere off in the future, but in this mornings phone conversation with someone seeking advice, in this noon's meal with a friend, in this evening's bedtime story with a child, in tonight's curling up with a good book.
home.att.net /~coachthee/Archives/happiness.html   (1941 words)

 Coach Training: Happiness & Remembering to be happy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Happiness includes a sense of being in the right place, ranging from contentment to intense joy.
Happiness refers to enjoyment of or pleasant satisfaction in life, with security and the ability to fulfill one's wishes.
Another definition of happiness: "a continued sense of delight, contentment, and joy emanating from a sense of self-goodness, sense of life and sense of destiny".
www.soulwork.net /sw_articles_eng/happiness.htm   (850 words)

 Happiness Quotes, Sayings about Being Happy
Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.  ~Iris Murdoch
Happiness is the resultant of the relative strengths of positive and negative feelings rather than an absolute amount of one or the other.  ~Norman Bradburn
Happiness is your dentist telling you it won't hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.  ~Johnny Carson
www.quotegarden.com /happiness.html   (2796 words)

 Finding True Happiness and Self-actualization :: How-to-be-happy personal growth tips
Besides an inspirational page on what happiness is, a happiness poem and also how TheHappyGuy.com visitors define happiness, we also offer you an extensive collection of motivational tips and educational personal growth articles on topics such as:
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This popular, short and free ezine gives you a happy quote, a self-actualization thought or a practical tip on how to be happy (or happier) in your e-mail inbox every day.
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 --Free Ezine :: Daily Dose of Happiness With Personal Growth Tips and Happy Thoughts --
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