Being more happy
We all say that we want to be
happy - but what does this really mean?
Happiness, or being happy, is often just seen as an
emotion. Indeed in our technological age we even have a text
sign for it :-) which when turned into an image is a yellow
smiley face - call an emoticon! It is literally an EMOTion
Our popular view of being happy is as an emotion. We are
happy or sad and our mood changes as fast as we can type a text
message. So the popular solution to being more happy is easy -
eat more chocolate! Indeed you can buy a t-shirt that says
"chocolate=happiness" and there is the saying "in case of
emergency, administer chocolate"!
Certainly chocolate can change a person's mood, scientific
studies seem to suggest that it can prompt the release of
endorphins in the brain - chemicals that help to make us
feel happy. Chocolate may not be your thing, there are plenty
of alternatives, but you can no doubt see the point being
Happiness however is more than a mere emotion. Positive
psychology is a field that is now studying happiness and the
suggestion is that there are three types of happiness:
pleasure, engagement and meaning. Other writers are also
studying this area, people such as Robert Holden.
This definition is much more in line with the concept of
happiness that we are exploring at Being More. Of course we
want to be happy people, but this does not mean that we
will only experience happy emotions. It does however mean
that in an almost literal sense we ARE happy.
To find out more about being more happy, read some of
our articles and book reviews:
Be Happy Book Review