- 1 Happiness: The Key To A Long And Happy Life
- 2 What Is Happiness?
- 3 How to Know If You’re Happy?
- 4 Types of Happiness
- 5 How to Practice Happiness?
- 6 Challenges On The Road To Happiness
- 7 Conclusion
- 8 A Word From Mantra Care
Happiness: The Key To A Long And Happy Life
Happiness is a state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. It can be measured in one’s own feelings, as well as in the happiness of others who are close to you. This is something that everyone strives for and wants more of, but not everyone finds it easy to achieve or maintain. In this blog post, we will discuss what it takes to live a happy life.
Happiness is very important to your health and well-being. This idea is even given as a right in the U.S. Declaration of Independence. However, we don’t always understand how to be happy and this has changed over time. Different people have different ideas about what will make them happy. Some psychologists have a lot of different ideas:
What Is Happiness?
Happiness is an emotional state characterized by feelings of joy, gratification, contentment, and fulfillment. While happiness has a variety of meanings, it is frequently defined as including good emotions and life satisfaction.
When most people discuss happiness, they’re usually referring to how they feel in the present moment or a more general sense of how they feel about life in general.
Happiness is a difficult concept to pin down, which is why psychologists and other social scientists frequently use the phrase “subjective well-being” when talking about this emotional state. As the name implies, subjective well-being focuses on an individual’s current personal feelings about their life in general.
The two most important components of happiness (or subjective well-being) are:
- The balance of emotions: Both pleasant and unpleasant emotions, sentiments, and moods may be felt by everyone. Happiness is usually associated with having more positive feelings than negative ones.
- Life satisfaction: This includes how content you are with various aspects of your life, such as your relationships, job, accomplishments, and other areas that you deem significant.
How to Know If You’re Happy?
There are several telltale signals that psychologists look for when assessing and measuring happiness, according to surveys. Some of the most common indicators of happiness include:
- Feel like you are living the life you wanted, and it is good
- Feeling happy about your life
- I feel happy when I accomplish what I want in life
- When you feel good about your life
- I feel well more than bad
The most important thing to remember is that happiness isn’t synonymous with constant euphoria. Happiness, rather, refers to a general feeling of experiencing more positive feelings than negative ones.
People who are happy still experience all of the emotions that humans can experience, including anger, frustration, boredom, loneliness, and sadness. Even when faced with difficulty, they have an underlying belief that things will improve, that they will be able to cope with what is happening and that they will be happy again.
Types of Happiness
There are a variety of ways to conceive of happiness. For example, the Greek philosopher Aristotle distinguished between two forms of happiness: hedonic and eudaimonic.
Pleasure is how we measure hedonic happiness. It is most frequently associated with doing what makes you happy, self-care, gratifying desires, and experiencing pleasure.
The ultimate goal of this sort of pleasure is to find meaning and virtue. The feeling that your life has purpose, value, and significance is an essential component of eudaimonic well-being. It has more to do with fulfilling obligations, investing in long-term objectives, caring for others, and living up to personal expectations.
Eudaimonia was described earlier in this book as “the pleasant life.” Pleasure and meaning are more commonly recognized today in psychology as hedonism and eudaimonia, respectively. More recently, psychologists have called for the inclusion of the third component, which is engagement. These are emotions of commitment and involvement in a variety of areas of life. Happiness is a subjective emotional state that can be felt in different ways at different times by people of any age, gender, or background.
People who are happy with their lives tend to be more satisfied and they also do better than most people. Each of these factors may contribute to the overall pleasant experience, although their relative importance might be highly debatable. Some actions may be both enjoyable and meaningful, while others are more one-sided.
Volunteering for a cause you believe in, for example, may be more significant than enjoyable. Watching your favorite television program, on the other hand, might have a lower level of significance and a greater amount of pleasure.
The three primary types of happiness include:
- Joy: A feeling that is felt in this moment.
- Excitement: A happy feeling is when you are excited to do something.
- Gratitude: Being thankful and appreciative.
- Pride: A feeling of being happy with something you have done.
- Optimism: This is a way to see life in a good, happy way.
- Contentment: This type of happiness involves feeling satisfied.
How to Practice Happiness?
Some people are just inherently happier than others, but there are things you may do to improve your sense of wellbeing.
Pursue Intrinsic Goals
Achieving objectives that you truly care about, such as personal development and neighborhood improvement, can help you be happier. According to studies, pursuing such intrinsically motivating objectives as hobbies or hobbies may make one happier than pursuing extrinsic goals like money or status.
Enjoy the Moment
Over-earning has been shown in studies to be a common occurrence—people become so occupied with acquiring things that they lose sight of the fact that what they are doing is enjoyable.
So, rather than falling into the trap of mindless accumulation at the expense of your own pleasure, concentrate on being grateful for what you have and appreciating the journey itself.
Reframe Negative Thoughts
Look for methods to reframe your thoughts in a more optimistic light when you’re feeling hopeless or experiencing negativity.
People have a natural negativity bias, which is the name for a tendency to pay more attention to negative occurrences than to positive ones. This has an impact on everything from how you make judgments to how you form opinions of other people. If you pay attention to the bad things that happen, it will make you feel worse. Focus on what is good.
Reframing these negative impressions isn’t about ignoring the bad. Rather, it involves attempting to evaluate situations more objectively and realistically. It allows you to identify recurring patterns in your thinking, then disputes negative ideas.
Impact of Happiness
Many different aspects of life are similar to happiness and its effects.
- In life, people are happier when they feel good.
- Happiness helps people to do things that will help them feel better.
- Positive emotions are linked to being healthier and living longer. One study found that people who have more positive feelings than negative ones are more likely to have survived over a 13 year period.
- Feelings of optimism are good for your mental health. Optimism aids in stress management and recovery after a failure. According to one research, happier people had lower amounts of the stress hormone cortisol, and that these advantages were long-lasting.
- People who are emotionally healthy are more likely to engage in healthful behaviors such as eating fruits and vegetables and exercising on a daily basis.
- Being happy may make you get sick less often. Happier mental states are equivalent to increased immunity.
Improving Your Happiness
Some people appear to have a greater baseline level of happiness, according to one large-scale research of over 2,000 twins: Around 50% of overall life satisfaction came to genetics, 10% to external events, and 40% to individual activities.
While you can’t change your “baseline level” of happiness, there are things you may do to improve your life. Even the most joyful people might be unhappy from time to time, and happiness is something that everyone must strive for intentionally.
Get Regular Exercise
Both your body and mind benefit from exercise. Physical activity is similar to a slew of physical and mental advantages, including improved mood. Regular exercise may be beneficial in warding off depression symptoms, according to numerous research, yet it may also assist make people happier.
In one study of the link between physical activity and happiness, researchers discovered a consistent positive relationship. Even a little bit of exercise increases people’s happiness by a large amount—people who exercised for ten minutes a day or less or worked out only once a week had significantly higher levels of happiness than those who never exercised.
Before bed, participants in one study had the task was to write for 10 to 20 minutes each night. Some were told to write about everyday problems, others about neutral events, and yet others about things they were grateful for. According to research, people who expressed their appreciation had an increase in good emotions, subjective happiness, and overall well-being.
Keeping a gratitude list may help you feel better, according to the researchers. Keeping a gratitude list is a simple, inexpensive, easy, and pleasant method to improve your mood. Set aside a few minutes each night to write down or think about things in your life for which you are thankful.
Find a Sense of Purpose
The research has found that people who feel like they have a purpose in life are happier and more fulfilled. It is when you see your life as having goals and meaning. This might help improve happiness by promoting healthy behaviors, such as eating better or exercising.
Some things you can do to find a sense of purpose are:
- Explore what things you are passionate about. You can find out your interests and passions by asking yourself questions like “What are my favorite things to do?”
- Do good things for others and give to those in need.
- Work to fix things that are not fair.
- If you want to learn more, look for new things.
You can work to find a goal that you care about. You can do this by looking for a goal that will lead you to do good things in order to work towards it.
The goal of positive psychology is to enhance human flourishing by studying the pursuit of happiness. Positive psychologists find methods to increase positivity and assist individuals in living happier, more fulfilling lives. The field tries to find ways to help people and communities be happy. They don’t focus on mental illnesses but instead try to find ways for people to be happy.
Challenges On The Road To Happiness
While the desire for pleasure is critical, there are times when life satisfaction isn’t enough. Some issues to be on the lookout for include:
Valuing the Wrong Things
Money cannot buy happiness, but there is research that says that spending money on experiences can make you happier than spending it on things.
A study found that if you spend money on things that help you to save time, it can make you happier and make your life better. Rather than focusing on things that cost money, status, or material possessions, we might want to focus on things that give us more free time and enjoyable experiences. This might make people happier.
Not Seeking Social Support
Having friends and or someone to whom you may turn for assistance is similar to social support. According to research, perceived social support has an important role in subjective well-being. For example, one research found that perceptions of social support were responsible for 43% of a person’s level of happiness.
It’s critical to remember that, when it comes to social support, quantity isn’t nearly as important as quality. Having a few close and trusted pals may have a bigger impact on your general happiness than having many casual friends.
Thinking Of Happiness As An Endpoint
Happiness is not a goal that you can simply achieve. It’s a never-ending quest that demands constant care and nourishment. According to one research, individuals who prioritize happiness the most are also the least happy with their lives. In other words, happiness becomes such an elusive objective that it becomes practically unreachable.
“The greater people prioritize happiness, the more likely they are not satisfied,” according to the researchers behind this study.
Perhaps the lesson is to avoid making “happiness” your major objective. Instead, concentrate on developing and nurturing a life and relationships that provide you with fulfillment and contentment.
It’s also crucial to think about how you define happiness. Happiness has a variety of meanings for different people. Instead of focusing on the goal of being happy, consider what happiness truly entails to you and then focus on little things that will help you get there. This can make reaching these objectives less daunting and more doable.
You may not be able to achieve happiness on your own. But with the help of others who care about you and support you in achieving your goals. Hence, it can become easier. And even if they’re busy or unable to offer their assistance at that time, there is always something that YOU can do for yourself to boost your mood! For instance, try listening to music (a study found that people preferred happy songs), taking a walk outside, read an uplifting book. Or just simply think about what makes YOU happy.
A Word From Mantra Care
Your mental health — your psychological, emotional, and social well-being — has an impact on every aspect of your life. Positive mental health essentially allows you to effectively deal with life’s everyday challenges.
At Mantra Care, we have a team of therapists who provide affordable online therapy to assist you with issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, relationship, OCD, LGBTQ, and PTSD. You can take our mental health test. You can also book a free therapy or download our free Android or iOS app.