The Science of Happiness

Last Update: May 08, 2018

It seems that Happiness has attracted attention of scientists and even the governments in some countries. As you probably know, some countries are having Ministers of Happiness and their job responsibilities are no laughing matter. Since 2011, on 20 March, the world is celebrating International Day of Happiness.

Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University’s Earth Institute said “Happiness is of interest right now, because there is better and better evidence that it can be meaningfully measured and meaningfully affected.”

It is interesting to know what makes people happy. Researches have been working hard to find the answer. Based on surveys, researchers found that quite a few people don’t know what makes them happy.

Among those who knew the answer, the following replies were most common:

  • Solid relationships – healthy family, romantic involvement, or friendship;
  • Engaging ways to spend time – interesting work, hobbies, volunteering, and even challenges associated with these activities;
  • Social behavior – participation in the community events, caring about other people, active lifestyle.

It is confirmed that being 69 and older is the happiest time for many people. It can be explained that the people in their 70s have solid life experience and good knowledge about themselves, and can enjoy different events at most.

Positive thinking substantially contributes to happiness: being grateful, optimistic, kind, and considering yourself a lucky person – all this creates the flow of positive energy and supports well-being and overall joy. It is so simple and natural, and it does not require many resources. What we need is to remember and practice it. And we all will be much happier.


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verazhelvis Premium
Interesting, thanks. Ministers of Happiness is a killing thing! People are so funny sometimes...:)
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Nadja3 Premium
Yes... I know few countries... Maybe they will make all people happy
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verazhelvis Premium
Are those Asian countries? Or, on the contrary, Denmark, Sweden- they usually top the lists of happiness ratings...An interesting topic, anyway...;)
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Nadja3 Premium
Yes, and some Mid-east countries. Scandinavian countries are the most stable with excellent social security. People have a good reason to be happy there.
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verazhelvis Premium
:)
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Acharya71 Premium
Wonderful post.
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Nadja3 Premium
Thank you. Glad you liked it.
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Acharya71 Premium
You are always welcome. Keep up the good work.
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HeidiY Premium
Interesting. I agree gratitude is a huge influencer on happiness. Yes we all want more, we strive for our own definition of success and we look to the future with hope (and hopefully a plan).

But we can be grateful for what we have now and in doing so be happy on the journey to something more. This doesn’t mean we have to settle for our lot in life, in fact you will progress faster and produce more quality when you are happy.
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Nadja3 Premium
Thank you for the interesting input. Yes, we can do much more and better when we are happy.
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MKearns Premium
Indeed. With age comes maturity!
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Nadja3 Premium
Yes... I am much happier now...
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AlanJE Premium Plus
Super post, thanks for sharing Najda, best Alan
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Nadja3 Premium
Thank you so much. I am happy you liked it.
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