Throughout the world, everybody want to be happy in daily life. However, negative emotion always hunts us just like ghosts. Then, how can we overcome this bad emotion? The answer is to try positive psychology which focuses much on wellbeing--happiness. You will learn to be happy by applying the concept of this new branch of psychology.
Happiness is a mental state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. A variety of biological, psychological, religious, and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources.
Various research groups, including Positive psychology, endeavor to apply the scientific method to answer questions about what 'happiness' is, and how we might attain it.
Philosophers and religious thinkers often define happiness in terms of living a good life, or flourishing, rather than simply as an emotion. Happiness in this sense was used to translate the Greek Eudaimonia, and is still used in virtue ethics.
Happiness economics suggests that measures of public happiness should be used to supplement more traditional economic measures when evaluating the success of public policy.
Happiness is a fuzzy concept and can mean many things to many people. Part of the challenge of a science of happiness is to identify different concepts of happiness, and where applicable, split them into their components.
In the 2nd Edition of the Handbook of Emotions (2000), evolutionary psychologists Leda Cosmides and John Tooby say that happiness comes from 'encountering unexpected positive events'. In the 3rd Edition of the Handbook of Emotions (2008), Michael Lewis says 'happiness can be elicited by seeing a significant other'. According to Mark Leary, as reported in a November 1995 issue of Psychology Today, 'we are happiest when basking in the acceptance and praise of others'. In a March 2009 edition of The Journal of Positive Psychology, Sara Algoe and Jonathan Haidt say that 'happiness' may be the label for a family of related emotional states, such as joy, amusement, satisfaction, gratification, euphoria, and triumph.
According to a review in Boston.com on August 23, 2009, money doesn't buy much happiness unless it's used in certain ways. 'Beyond the point at which people have enough to comfortably feed, clothe, and house themselves, having more money - even a lot more money - makes them only a little bit happier.' However we can sometimes get more happiness bang for our buck by spending it in prosocial ways. A Harvard Business School study found that 'spending money on others actually makes us happier than spending it on ourselves' .
There are various factors that have been correlated with happiness, but no validated method has been found to substantially improve long-term happiness in a meaningful way for most people.
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