The study of the mental and behavioral
characteristics of an individual in relation to his sense of
emotional well-being or feeling of happiness.
The Psychology of Happiness and psychologists, in general,
define happiness as nothing else that an emotion,
a long-term sense of emotional well-being and contentment - a broad "feeling"
that one is happy.
course there are temporary moods of happiness we all experience from time to
time, but “happiness” as found in psychological researches is an overall feeling
of satisfaction with life that pervades and abides over longer-time periods.
(See: "chronic or habitual emotional level"
Happiness is commonly considered by psychologists
the main way we can evaluate how well our life is
going. As such, how happy a person feels is perhaps the single,
most important piece of information one can know about a person – for it usually
tells the whole story. Because of this, happiness should be the most important thing to considering in
examining your own life.
(Dr. Michael W. Fordyce)
Happiness has been labeled "the
most un-understood phenomenon in the world!" because everybody hopes to
achieve it, but it seems no one knows anything about it.
Ed Diener, a precursor Positive Psychologist, "The Psychology of
Happiness," and considered the "leading
authority on happiness (?)",
provided many scientific findings on well-being, its benefits and optimum levels
as well as some causes for it like temperament, money attitudes, spirituality,
good health and longevity.
Martin Seligman, he
coined the term
Positive Psychology to describe the scientific study of
happiness. He describes happiness as being based on three lives - the
pleasurable life, the engaged life and the meaningful life. The better each
of these lives is lived, the happier the person will be.
Jonathan Freeman affirms "people generally agree about what they mean by
happiness. It is a positive, enduring state that consists of positive felling
including both peace of mind and active pleasures or joy."
Ruut Veenhoven describes happiness as "the degree in which an individual
judges the overall quality of his life-as-a-whole favorably."
Sigmund Freud believed that
man is doomed to chronic unhappiness. Theodor Adorno believed that
happiness is a mere temporary mental escape from misery.
(Poor Freud and Adorno!) (See:
The Failure of Psychology)
innumerable attempts and theories in Psychology of
happiness, to explain nature,
reason and formula for happiness.
The "What One Has Theory," see happiness as simply the collected sum of
positive circumstances in one's life (i.e. good marriage, great job, good
health, financial security, etc.)
The "How One View The World Theory," see happiness being more contingent
on a person's perception, or personal evaluation, of such circumstances.
The "Stressors and Successes Theory," see happiness as the balance of
positive and negative emotional experiences one has has experienced over the
years, or "What You've Been Through Theory."
The "Born to be Happy Theory," pointing to basic genetics as the root of
Some allocate happiness to basic temperament and disposition that is either
learned early in life or inborn, the "Happy No Matter What Theory."
Others say it's due to physiological and biorhythmic changes. The "Naturally
The "Happiness Skills Theory, " (HST) proposes that state of happiness -
subjective sense of well-being - is achieved by: 1) experience, 2) valuation, 3)
anticipation, 4) hedonic acquisition , and 5) habit formation.
Others working on the Psychology of Happiness or Positive
have identify 14 fundamentals for happiness which, as presented by
Dr. Michael W. Fordyce (leading researcher in
happiness) in his work "Psychology
of Happiness," are the
Be more active and keep
Get present oriented
Spend more time socializing
Work on a healthy
Be productive at meaningful
Develop an ongoing, social
Get better organized an
plan things out
Eliminate negative feelings
Lower your expectations and
source of happiness
Place happiness as first
After last two theories, it seems to me, soon we'll need at least 4 more years
of college to even aspire happiness!
It has always puzzled me how psychology means "study of the soul" from
the Greek word "psyche," meaning "the soul." But today, official
psychology stubbornly claims that there is no soul and instead study human and
animal behavior. This makes as much sense to me as a baker claiming there is no
such thing as bread! (See:
The Failure of Psychology)
Psychology explores behavior as well as the underlying physiological and
neurological processes to determine overall "mental health" of
individuals and his happiness.
Psychology of Happiness up to now, no doubt, have primarily focused in
the personality and circumstantial aspects of happiness, with no attempts to
explain its essential nature.
For me, psychologist got one basic thing right: defining happiness as nothing
else that an emotion.
But, they never bother to explain what emotion is, do they?
Other way to
Happiness - A better Way
web site, our
Happyology - The Science of Happiness - goes
opposite way psychologists go:
we pin-point exactly what happiness is by defining
precisely what an emotion is, which in turn
allows to determine: first: behavior, and
second: all related physiological and
Our level of happiness should be the most important thing to considering in
examining your own life.
But, happiness is not the purpose of life.
Our personal happiness is the main way we evaluate how well our life is going.
As such, how happy a person feels is perhaps the single, most important piece
of information one can know about a person – for it usually tells the whole
This is why...
happiness should be the most important thing to considering in examining your
Psychology of Happiness'
formula for Happiness consist of just ONE STEP:
Increase your frequency!
Increasing your frequency will change your behavior, increase your creative
power, and you'll live an exceptional life.
This sounds so amazingly
simple. It is! - Yet so devastatingly effective and, it's doable!
You are NOT at the seemingly mercy of your emotions over which it
appears you have no control.
Yes, emotion control is in your hands.
Yes, You can set your emotion in
Yes, Emotion regulation is one of your