WHAT IS HAPPINESS?
Life Therapist has a Pulse on it
What's your definition of happiness? Life therapists have been trying to figure this out for years. Research in the field of positive psychology and happiness often define a happy person as someone who experiences frequent positive emotions, such as; joy, interest, and pride, and infrequent (though not absent) negative emotions, such as; sadness, anxiety and anger (Lyubomirsky et al., 2005).
Happiness has also been said to relate to life satisfaction, appreciation of life, moments of pleasure, but overall it has to do with the positive experience of emotions.
“Can you imagine what life would be if you were always happy?”
The truth of the matter is being happy all the time is an impossible reality to strive for. It may sound crazy to ask this but would you really want to be happy all of the time? Wouldn’t you miss out on experiencing life to the fullest? How could anyone be happy over the loss of a loved one or a family pet? In the moment, could you be happy getting fired from a job? Perhaps someone who is happy in those scenarios is a heavily medicated person.
A “happy person” experiences the spectrum of emotions just like anybody else, but the frequency by which they experience the negative ones may differ. The key is that positive emotions do not indicate the absence of negative emotions.
The definition of happiness has been debated for centuries. My opinion is that happiness is a winning mindset. If the interaction of an event is perceived in a positive way then the appropriate emotion is experienced.
Life therapists and behavioral psychologists have been researching how to be happy for a very long time. It seems logical that happiness can predict health and longevity.
If the event is a challenging one like that of a loss of a job, the emotion should not be a happy one. In that moment, the person with the winning mindset chooses the best course of behavior. If the outlook is a positive one, the event can become a growth opportunity or what I like to call a character enhancing experience. This is what drives many life coaching opportunities for professional life coaches to guide their clients in adopting a winning mindset.
It may seem to be impossible in the moment of a tragic situation, but happiness will return wherein the positive emotions of joy will return. Variety is the spice of life and has a definite place in the spectrum of human needs. Choosing to look at life’s speed bumps in a positive way will create a growth opportunity and in itself create new opportunities for happiness on life's journey.
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