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Defining Happiness

Defining Happiness

“I believe the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we are all seeking something better in life. So I think the very motion of our life is towards happiness. “The Dalai Lama Intuitively, I believe the words of the Dalai Lama to be the truth. Happiness like love is something we all experience. We know how it feels. There’s an old joke about defining art, “I don’t know what it is but I’ll know it when I see ... Read More »

Discovering the Truth about Happiness

Discovering the Truth about Happiness

Happiness is fundamental to our existence as human beings. During the last few decades discovering the truth about happiness, under the guise of “positive psychology,” has become a growing field of study. Prior to the emergence of the science of happiness, psychology’s focus had been on what’s wrong; what made us all unhappy.  This may have been because studying happiness was akin to trying to reduce love its component parts, unfamiliar territory those following the rigors of research and science. There was no formal formula for happiness until leading researchers in the field of positive psychology, especially professors Sonja Lyubomirsky, Martin ... Read More »

Happiness and Relationships

Happiness and Relationships

Relationships, according to the research are not just important to our happiness, they are essential.  Studies have shown that having close friends and loving relationships are the strongest predictors of personal happiness. Related research found that while having close friends was the key to happiness, those who valued money, success and status where more than twice as likely to be unhappy. It seems that we all need other people in order to create a state of wellbeing and happiness for ourselves. One important feature to deriving the “happiness benefit” from relationship is the intention to bring happiness to the relationship rather than ... Read More »