What Is Happiness?
It turns out that defining happiness is not a simple task. Across different research studies, happiness is defined in many different ways, and it has many different features. For example, happiness can be defined as having positive emotions, high levels of well-being, or having strong interpersonal relationships.
Further complicating the matter is that each person's happiness and well-being is affected differently by different experiences.
For example, Bob may really love his job. His happiness may be more dependent on personal growth or success at work. Sally, on the other hand, may primarily see herself as a mother charged with taking good care of her children. Her happiness is more dependent on the strength of her relationships with her family. Each person defines happiness is a different way.
Activity: What IS happiness?
In order for each of us to increase our own happiness, we first need to understand what happiness means to us. Below, we describe several features of happiness. For the following activity, please rate how much you believe the features contribute to your happiness. Everyone is different, so there are no wrong answers.