Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Happy mental states may also reflect judgements by a person about their overall well-being. A variety of biological, psychological, economic, religious and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and map out its characteristics. Various research groups, including positive psychology and happiness economics are employing the scientific method to research questions about what “happiness” is, and how it might be attained.
Happiness is a fuzzy concept and can mean different things to different people. Dictionary definitions vary significantly among cultures. In some cultures, happiness is regarded as the proper goal of life, while in others it is seen as a state that must be achieved through spiritual enlightenment or religious devotion; some believe happiness cannot be defined at all. In subjective well-being surveys, the main distinction is between cognitive life evaluations and emotional reports. Happiness is used in both personal self-evaluations and as an outcome (e.g., as an indicator of successful therapy).
Movie Quotes About Happiness
- “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” Gandalf, Lord of the Rings
- “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
- “I don’t want to survive. I want to live.” The Captain, Wall-E
- “Every man dies but not every man really lives.” William Wallace, Braveheart
- “The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.” Prince of Genovia, The Princess Diaries.
- “It’s not about the paycheck, it’s about respect, it’s about looking in the mirror and knowing that you’ve done something valuable with your day.” Dave Kovic, Dave
- “Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” Van Wilder, Van Wilder: Party Liaison
- “Remember those posters that said, ‘Today is the first day of the rest of your life?’ Well, that’s true of every day but one…the day you die.” Lester Burnham, American Beauty
Ways to Become Happier
Happiness is a state of mind.
It is not the same thing as joy, pleasure, or contentment. It means living your life with meaning and purpose, and enjoying what you do each day.
The most common definition of happiness is:
‘A state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.’
There are many ways to become happier and overcome sadness:
- Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses
- Set goals that are meaningful to you – and make them achievable!
- Avoid negative people and situations that bring you down
- Spend time with friends and family who support you – even if it’s just over the phone!
Happiness is a choice, a decision that you make, it’s not just a feeling. It’s an emotion, but it’s a decision to be happy, and that choice that you make can change your life.
So how can you be happy? It is best not to rely on others, because we don’t have control over them. Try to do the things that make you happy and think positive thoughts. Don’t waste your time thinking about sadness or things that make you upset, but instead focus on the good in your life. We are no longer children and have more responsibilities as adults, which could affect our happiness if we don’t try to keep it up. Don’t give up; there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.