What Does Happiness Mean To You?
Often we feel like we know what happiness is. We have experienced it before. But we are less sure of how we create more happiness. Check out this activity to create more happiness in your life.
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Happiness generally includes both positive emotions and a sense of meaning in life. In my book, Outsmart Your Smartphone, I talk a lot about the skills we can build to increase happiness. But ideally, it's better to first understand which skills or experiences most affect or contribute to your happiness. So here you can explore what generates happiness for you so that you can better map out a path for how to create a life with those things.
Activity: Discover What Generates Happiness For You
In order for you to increase your own happiness, you first need to understand how different skills contribute to your happiness. For the following activity, please explore what factors contribute to your happiness. Everyone is different, so there are no wrong answers. The goal is to understand what matters for you.
What Did People Say Happiness Means?
Thank you to everyone who submitted your responses to this activity! We can now share with everyone some examples of what contributes to happiness among our website viewers.
Factors that contribute to happiness in our community:
These responses really highlight how easy it can be to get a little happiness boost, whether it's from spending time with loved ones, getting outside, or just doing something you enjoy. So go ahead and give one a try.
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.