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Saturday, 14 March 2015

International Day of Happiness 2015, March 20.

 اليوم الدولي للالسعادة - 20 مارس

 Happiness is a state of generalized well-being associated with feelings of pleasure, joy, and satisfaction.

Philosophers, clergy, mental health professionals, and numerous others have debated the meaning of happiness for generations, and happiness is a highly subjective concept. While happiness is sometimes used interchangeably with joy, pleasure, or glee to denote a fleeting emotion, happiness is more typically used to refer to long-term feelings of well-being and satisfaction. Happiness does not necessarily mean freedom from suffering, stress, or negative emotions. Instead, happiness indicates overall satisfaction and a tendency to view one’s life as good, meaningful, and fulfilled. Some criteria common to many definitions of happiness include:

   ° Feeling satisfied with the direction one’s life is going
   ° Holding oneself in high regard and being forgiving of your mistakes and shortcomings
   ° Finding satisfaction in simple pleasures and in relationships
   ° Having several areas of fulfillment in life
   ° Having an optimistic disposition and tending to see the glass as half full
   ° Viewing setbacks as opportunities for growth
   ° Taking responsibility for one’s own satisfaction rather than allowing emotions to be manipulated by outside forces.

The meanings of ‘happiness’

 What is happiness?, This question has no straightforward answer, because the meaning of the question itself is unclear. What exactly is being asked? Perhaps you want to know what the word ‘happiness’ means. In that case your inquiry is linguistic. Chances are you had something more interesting in mind: perhaps you want to know about the thing, happiness, itself. Is it pleasure, a life of prosperity‬, something else? Yet we can't answer that question until we have some notion of what we mean by the word.

Philosophers who write about “ Happiness” typically take their subject matter to be either of two things, each corresponding to a different sense of the term:
° A state of mind
° A life that goes well for the person leading it

The 10 most common positive emotions.

 This list has been the focus of much research and have been found to shape peoples’ lives most often. Hopefully, you’ll be able to stumble upon them more often by noticing when and how they color your experience.

Joy - Think of the most positive and memorable experience you’ve had. A time when you felt safe, happy, and comfortable. This was probably a moment where you experienced joy. Joy comes from delightful and cherished experiences, and raises our well-being  where we feel light and vibrant.

Gratitude - This entails an emotion or attitude of appreciation where we acknowledge some benefit we have received. Gratitude can revolve around anything you feel great appreciation for, and occurs during the times when you feel thankful for someone or something in your life.

Serenity - This emotion comes along when things are going just right. You may experience a state of peacefulness and tranquility. Your mind isn’t flooded with worries, and you’re able to just sit back and relax. Serenity comes from those moments of stillness and calm where you can just “be” in the present moment.

Interest - I’m always wanting to learn more and uncover new fascinating things, so this is an important emotion for me. Interest comes from being curious or engaged in something. It’s a state of intrigue and wonder, where you want to know more and are pulled toward an object of interest. When feeling interested, you are more open to new experiences and have a desire to explore the world around you.

Hope - This is a belief and feeling that things will turn out for the best. It’s knowing our current problems aren’t permanent and that the future is still promising despite tough circumstances. A hopeful person will believe that what they want will be obtained, and no matter how dire the circumstances they have faith that things will turn around and they will be able to do something about their situation.

PrideThis comes from feeling dignified and important in what we do or have accomplished. It’s not about having an overwhelming sense of self-satisfaction, but having accomplished something that is socially valued and feeling proud about this. It may come along from a sense of purpose and meaning in our accomplishments, and offers an increase in confidence to expand the belief in our potential to do greater things.

Amusement - Whenever we experience fun, humorous, and playful situations with others we are being amused. We can get amusement from laughing with others at a funny joke, watching a puppy frolic, or playing a fun game or activity. Amusement helps us build connections with others.

Inspiration - This comes from experiencing a very moving and emotionally uplifting experience, such as those times in life when we see true goodness or where someone goes above and beyond the ordinary. Amazing feats of intellect, strength, and agility can lead to inspiration. A moment of inspiration draws us in and really stands out as an instant of excellence.

Awe - The notion of being awestruck comes from feeling wonder and reverence toward something extremely powerful and admired. Fredrickson points out this may come from experiencing natural phenomenon, such as the grand canyon, a beautiful sunset, or the crashing of ocean waves. It can also come from amazing creations of art or highly impressive developments. These are the moments when we realize how small and ordinary we really are compared to the vastness of the world around us.

Love - Love is the compilation of all of the above emotions. In general, love is related to a feeling of strong affection and personal attachment, where we have a very positive feeling of connection toward another person. This feeling may be enhanced from watching someone achieve an amazing feat, laughing and having fun together, or from kind and selflessness act they commit. Love is an amalgamation of all the emotional states coming together throughout our life.

Hopefully this list helps you consider the wide range of positive emotions you can experience everyday. A large part of experiencing these emotions is choosing to do so. Begin making a choice to be open-minded and letting in moments of inspiration, joy, and interest, while working to cultivate hope for the future and gratitude for the present.

FORUM20 March is International Day of Happiness


Why sustainable behaviour leads to an increase in quality of life?

The tools of happiness research have the potential to recast the debate between economic growth and environmental protection. This report from the Happiness Research Institute explores the links between happiness and environmental sustainability. Happiness Institute Research

Happiness & Its Causes 2015 - the world's leading happiness forum.

Happiness is important. It's important for your own life satisfaction and enjoyment. And it is equally important for your family, the people in your care and the people you work with.
Over the past 10 years, Happiness & Its Causes has been a forum for exploring the many and varied causes for a happy and fulfilling life. We present the world's brightest minds in psychology, science, education, business, religion and the arts and package it into an unforgettable two days.

Join us in 2015 for an incredible exploration of human potential!
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