is showing joy or
, or enjoying
that is hard to define but that people
desire to experience
is used in the context
or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to
intense joy. It is also used in the context of
. Thinking Positive
Freedom to Pursue Happiness
- Never Bored
is the emotion
of great happiness.
To be glad or happy or to be a source of happiness.
felt when having a good
activities that are enjoyable
or amusing. Affording satisfaction or
is the feeling of
is an affective state in which a person experiences
or excitement and intense feelings of
having vigorous and
is a state of extreme happiness or
perfect happiness. To reach a state of great joy while being almost
oblivious of everything else, or experiencing
Blissful is being completely happy and
is a feeling great rapture or
is a state of being
carried away by overwhelming emotion
. A state
of elated bliss.Delight
feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction. Something or someone that
provides a source of happiness. Give pleasure to or be pleasing to. Take
delight in and make the most of. Hold spellbound.
is a feeling intense pleasurable
excitement. Cause to be thrilled by some perceptual input. Feel sudden
intense sensation or emotion. Tremble convulsively, as from fear or
excitement. Fill with sublime emotion.Amused
or amusement is a feeling of delight at being entertained. An
that is diverting
and that holds the attention
is to be pleasantly occupied
. An activity that is diverting and that
holds the attention
is an exaggerated feeling of well-being or elation.
is feeling or showing great
Overflowing with eager enjoyment
is being very enthusiastic and eager
to do something. Raring to go.
is being joyously
especially with regard to feelings. Produced or growing in extreme
is being jubilantly proud and
joyful or in high spirits. Full of high-spirited delight.
is a state or period of uncontrolled
excitement or wild behavior. A state of violent mental agitation.
is something extremely amusing.
Boisterously merry. Marked by or causing boisterous merriment or
noisy and lacking
or discipline. Full of rough and exuberant animal
spirits. Violently agitated and turbulent.
is noisy and mischievous merrymaking or boisterous or
translated as happiness or welfare or human flourishing or prosperity and
is a state of
bliss, elation or a feeling of extreme happiness or euphoria that makes
you feel like you're floating on air.
"Release the inner chicken." "Turn that
frown upside down."
Feel the Wonder
Life of the Party
is someone who is
very lively and amusing at a party or other social gathering. Someone who
brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to a social event, perhaps the main
focus or source of enjoyment. A person who participates in entertainment
events in a very enthusiastic manner and who has a leading role in
to join in
the spirit of festivity
Someone who is energetic and funny
and at the center of activity during social occasions.
Happiness is an
. Happiness usually occurs when
are enjoyable, and when
things are going well and when you are healthy and rested. Happiness can
also be felt when you're in love
and when you are
having good relationships with friends, coworkers and family. But there is no direct path to
happiness, because happiness is a combination of many different
. Happiness is a temporary state of mind
and only one of many
experience. And just
being happy does not mean
that everything is good or right, for happiness is only an
emotion and not an accurate measurement of
. The same goes for
, just because you're sad does not mean that
something is wrong or that there is no hope, it could just mean
that you're tired, stressed,
or thinking about something sad. There is no
accurate measurement of happiness, but you can
count the things that make
you happy. And just how that something makes you happy will still depend on your
at that particular moment. Memories can also make you happy, but
only when the memory is a good one and not connected to anything negative.
A good nights
, healthy diet
plenty of exercise
help increase your chances of experiencing happiness. People
who are dying and near death can experience a moment of
happiness, especially when they are given
happiest people are the people who are the most
to change, whether the change
is external or internal. So learning all the ways on how to be
, internally and
externally, will always benefit you and help you to maintain a positive
happy attitude. Happiness is more than just being
, it's being
in understanding that
life will never be perfect
, so we must
learn how to react perfectly
thoughts and good memories can create happiness and make us feel happy,
and bad thoughts and bad memories can create sadness and make us feel sad.
To feel happiness the brain creates a distinctive pattern of complex
neural activity, and this neural pattern will correlate with the conscious
feeling of happiness. And it's not an actual feeling, It's a neural
pattern that represents happiness. The pattern is not the feeling itself,
but a representation of it. You feel happy when you have happy thoughts
about the future or have happy memories of the past. And you can also feel
happy in the present moment when you're doing something that is
pleasurable. If you stop thinking about a
and replace it with a happy memory, you can create
happiness in the present moment.
30 Amazing Feelings
That You Can't Resist - Things that Feel Good
Instagram - Bo Burnham from "Inside"
because you feel no pain, this does not mean that you're happy.
Not feeling pain can be
You could enjoy every moment of every day
but of course, there are bad things that happen in the world every day.
But it's how we react to bad things in life that makes all of the
difference. If you witness something bad, of course you do everything that
you can to correct what is bad. But not all problems that you witness can
be immediately solved. This is why you need reassure yourself with knowing
that you are doing as much as you can to see that this ignorance is not
repeated in any way shape or form, and that you are actively looking for
ways to correct this ignorance. Happiness is knowing that you are part of
the solution and not part of the problem. Enjoy the fact that you are not
just disturbed by ignorance, but you are actively solving this problem and
not just emotionally reacting to this problem. Not to say that you are
always going to be perfect, but you are doing as many things as perfectly
as possible. That's when you can still find joy in some of life's most
horrible moments. Like being a Doctor. A Doctor can't save every life, but
that doesn't stop a Doctor or discourage a Doctor from saving other lives.
is the root of all
happiness, and adaption
is joys best
Sometimes you have to allow yourself to be happy
give yourself permission to feel happiness
. Be happy without guilt or
regret. Let yourself go
is natures best antidepressant and is the most effective
so don't forget that knowledge
is the best medicine
. Did you take your knowledge pill today?
Serenity is being free
from stress or emotion or having the absence of
mental stress or anxiety.
Tranquility is being free from
disturbances, stress or emotion. A state of
full body and mind experience that produces a heightened state of
. One that releases you from all
fears and emotional restraints, while at the same time feeling more
connected to life. A feeling like you are in heaven. A type of
is just the beginning of an amazing journey, where you are finally
discovering more about yourself and the world around you. Knowing and
learning, instead of not knowing and yearning.
is translated as happiness.
Mood is an emotional state. Moods differ from
emotions, feelings, or affects in that they are less specific, less
intense, and less likely to be triggered by a particular stimulus or
event. Moods are typically described as having either a positive or
negative valence. In other words, people usually speak of being in a good
mood or a bad mood.
Enthusiasm is intense enjoyment,
interest, or approval.
Optimism is a mental attitude defined as
expecting the best
possible outcome from any given situation. This is usually referred to in
psychology as dispositional optimism. It thus reflects a belief that
future conditions will work out for the best. Not the same as
You Pretend You're Happy? (youtube).
Epicurus on Happiness
Sigh of Relief
you feel happy that something unpleasant has not happened or is no longer
reassurance and relaxation
following release from anxiety or distress.
is something extraordinarily
is when things are satisfactory
Happiness is perceiving a moment in time to be pleasant, satisfying and hopeful.
Happiness is a beautiful feeling and a wonderful human
emotion that everyone should experience at least a few times a
day. Happiness is good for you and should always be part of a
well-balanced life. From my experience, the more you know about
and the more you know
about the world the better your
chances will be to experience this temporary state of mind
called happiness. Because when you keep learning you will find
that some of the things that you learn are actually pretty
funny. Take a moment everyday
and pretend that everything is perfect in your life and in the
world, and the joy that you feel inside is amazing. Smile on the inside.
Valuing Time Over Money Is Associated With Greater Happiness
There is empirical evidence that prioritizing time over money is
a stable preference related to greater subjective well-being.
All's Well that Ends Well
means that if
the outcome of a situation is happy, this compensates for any previous
difficulty or unpleasantness.
All's Well That Ends Well
is a play by William Shakespeare, published
in the First Folio in 1623. The play is considered one of Shakespeare's
"problem plays", a play that poses complex ethical dilemmas that require
more than typically simple solutions.
- Mood Jam
Social Emotional Learning
- Not Happy or Sad
a part of being Happy? Is sanity
part of being Happy? Is
a part of being Happy? Is
a part of being Happy?
a part of being Happy? Does Happiness come from
Can learning to release
Desires activate reward system
and wishful thinking is rewarded. The
in the brain affects our
judgments our desires, and
influence our judgment without us consciously realizing
it. The same brain systems that reinforce our efforts to maximize rewards
such as food, also reinforce specific strategies for
is a facial expression
formed primarily by flexing the muscles
at the sides of the mouth. Some smiles include a contraction of
the muscles at the corner of the eyes, an action known as a "Duchenne
smile". Smiles performed without the eye contraction can be perceived as "fake".
is a facial expression in which the eyebrows are
brought together, and the forehead is wrinkled, usually
indicating displeasure, sadness or worry, or less often
confusion or concentration. The appearance of a frown varies by culture.
or arrogant smile or facial
expression. A smile expressing smugness or scorn instead of pleasure. A
smirk has a negative connotation.
- The Power of Human
is a type of
smile that is done when we smile for the camera or when putting on a game
face to hide your inner unhappiness. A natural smile will affect your
whole face, including your eyes. The oculi muscle contracts and forms
wrinkles and will crinkle slightly at the outer edges of the eyes showing
that the smile to be genuine.
Some people base their happiness on assumptions
which is not happiness, that's a
Do yourself a favor and say hello to yourself. Ask yourself "How
have you been? Have you learned anything interesting lately?" Yourself
should answer something like this, "I have been good, thanks or asking. I
have been busy lately and I have also been doing a lot of thinking, so I
kind of lost touch with you, but I'm back now. So let me give you a brief
overview of some of the things that were going on in our life in the last
few days. The first thing is, I miss you and I'm sorry I lost touch. The
second thing is, we have learned some crazy shit lately, so
hold on to your hat
or Laughter Therapy aims to get people laughing in both group and
individual sessions and can help reduce stress, make people and employees
happier and more committed, as well as improve their interpersonal skills.
Laughing is an excellent way to reduce stress in our lives, and can help
you to cope with and survive a stressful lifestyle. Laughter provides a
full-scale workout for your muscles and unleashes a rush of stress-busting
endorphins. Since our bodies cannot distinguish between real and fake
laughter, anything that makes you giggle will have a positive impact. You
do not need to be happy or have a sense of humor to benefit from a good
Laughing Club India
There are two types of laughter: Fake and Genuine. But
don't care if laughter
is fake or real, a laugh is a
most of the time.
make us happy?
is joyful anticipation.
Makeover Episode 2. Meditations, Marcus Aurelius
is a measurement of the collective happiness in a nation.
“Laughter doesn’t change the facts; it changes how you relate to those facts.”
Why Do We Laugh?
- Logical Reasoning
Put on a Happy Face - Tony Bennett
Grey skies are gonna clear up, put on a happy face
. Just like the
famous lyrics suggest, if you put on a happy face you will feel a little
brighter, according to a new study. Collecting data from 3878 participants
across 19 countries, the study found a noticeable increase in happiness
from people who mimicked smiling photographs or pulled their mouth toward
Happy Quotes about Happiness
"Is it better to be unhappy then to be happy for the wrong reasons?"
"Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it."
"Only look back to learn."
"To free yourself from the irrelevant, is true happiness..so what's
"I want to be happy and
totally aware at the same time."
"The key to a happy life is being
prepared, it's having enough knowledge and skills to navigate
through life's difficulties."
"When one door of happiness
closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed
door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." -
"Remember that not
what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck." -
"A happy man is
with the present to dwell too much on the future." (Albert
"There are some things more
important — and more unimaginable — than being happy."
"Happiness is not
determined by what’s happening around you, but rather what’s
happening inside you. Most people depend on others to gain
happiness, but the truth is, it always comes from within."
Not getting what you
want is a good thing as long as you have everything that you
. But knowing what you need is a process of learning,
because your needs change. So you have to learn what your needs
are, and understand why your needs might be changing. If not,
then your needs may not be met when you need them. And that
means you may have to adapt to new circumstances that you helped
create, because you did not learn what was necessary in order to
prepare yourself. Learning will give you all the power that you
need, but if you stop learning, you will never be able to
utilize that power. You know that feeling that
you get when you're looking forward to something that you
know you're really going to enjoy, and you're anticipating that
wonderful moment happening in the future? That's a kind of
happiness that you can have anytime. And if you're doing what's
necessary to have that dream become a reality, then you should
always be happy. This is why having meaningful
can be a
constant source of happiness, whether those goals are a benefit
to you, or to other people. It seems that our
is one of
the most important factors in maintaining our happiness.
Happiness is Learning
the right things at the right time,
and remembering all that is relevant and important. "Things turn
out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out."
The Happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; The happiest people are
the ones who make the most of everything, making the most of
what they have. Happy people are more focused on quality then
they are quantity. Happy people know that a
lot less stressful and a lot more meaningful then a life filled
with material things that are of little or
thus eventually causing more suffering then pleasure.
McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy
Williams - Happy
Revolution of the Mind - James Brown - I Feel Good
More Happy Songs
24 Hours of
in a major key is judged as happy while minor key music is heard
as sad. Sad keys are A and D minor and the happiest key is F. and the
happiest note is B. Descending melodies seem sad and ascending melodies seem happier.
is a perceived feeling of being
in one's surroundings, feeling like you have nothing to
do, or feeling that life is dull. Boredom is when an individual is left
without anything in particular to do, or is not interested in their
surroundings, or feels that a day or period is dull or tedious.
Boredom is a by-product
. You either
you are doing
or you're unaware
of your options or not confident in your
How can you be bored when
world is full of millions of different things that a person can
, you could never do all of them even if you tried. To say
that you did it all is a lie, because it's impossible to do it
all. That's why it's important to have a list of things to do
and also, have a list of things that you would like to do in the
like a bucket list.
It's a good idea to always have goals.
Short term goals, and long
. So the only way that boredom could ever happen
is when you forget
, you forget the list, you forget your goals,
you forget the importance of your life, and you forget the
of your life. You forgot
all the things that you can
forgot your abilities
. Is boredom just
another fake ailment
is it desensitization
is the perception of having the lack of variety and interest.
Tedious repetition and routine. Sameness of pitch or tone in a
sound or utterance. A situation in which something stays the same and is
therefore boring. I don't feel like it
Just Hanging Around
is when you are in
a place for no particular purpose or reason. Not wanting to do anything in
particular. Taking a break
Too much free time may be almost as bad as too little
. Using excess
discretionary time on productive activities can help bolster well-being.
As an individual's free time increases, so does that person's sense of
well-being -- but only up to a point. Too much free time can be also be a
bad thing, according to new research.
Empty Nest Syndrome
is more like Empty Head Syndrome where you forget
that you have a brain and a life.Introvert
is something heavy and starchy
and hard to digest. Something excessively conventional and unimaginative
and hence dull. Something out of fashion or old fashioned.
happy. I know that I cannot control everything
my life or control everything in other people’s lives. I try to use
as much as possible.
I try to control
as many things that I can and always strive to
. I'm mostly
is illogical and offers no benefit to me or
anyone else. Plus being happier is healthier then being sad because you have less
. So being happy is just
logical and it makes sense as long as my feelings of sadness are not related to
chemical or physical imbalances
influenced by bad diet or
environment. Plus being happy is also much more enjoyable then being
, but you have to understand
the causes in order to make changes. And it's definitely more
or positive thinking, feeling happy and hopeful just feels better.
is hardly ever helpful in any situation.
But I wouldn't want to do away with sadness because Sadness surely
makes you appreciate happiness a whole lot more.
I do more when I'm happy, whether that's good or bad, because it all boils down
to how you use your time, whether you're happy or sad.
"This is not a sad world, there are just things in this world that can make you sad."
is a feeling of
is understanding of the nature or meaning or quality
or magnitude of something. The recognition
and enjoyment of the
good qualities of someone or something.
You should never be the cause of your own suffering.
is more then just skin deep.
means "joy, bliss, delight"
is a fatty acid
the non-oxidative metabolism of eicosatetraenoic acid (arachidonic acid)
an essential ω-6 polyunsaturated
is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors
located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral
nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.
Known as "the body’s own cannabinoid system", the ECS is involved in a
variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation,
mood, and memory, and in mediating the psychoactive effects of
Weather Affects Mood
Why do we sometimes feel better during a
high barometric pressure
high pressure system
is having to do with the response of the
opposed to the intellect
, as in the distinction between
. Obtained through intuition rather than from reasoning or
observation. Internal organs collectively
is a phenomenon that occurs when people with conditions
such as arthritis claim to feel
, particularly with
changes in barometric pressure, humidity or other
Hot Weather Temperatures Effect Us
Seasonal Affective Disorder
, is a mood disorder subset
in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year
experience depressive symptoms
at the same
time each year, most commonly in the winter. Also known as winter
depression, winter blues, summer depression or seasonal depression.
Sufferers may exhibit any of the associated symptoms, such as feelings of
hopelessness and worthlessness, thoughts of suicide
, loss of interest in
activities, withdrawal from social interaction
, sleep and appetite
problems, difficulty with concentration and decisions, decreased sex
drive, a lack of energy, or agitation. Symptoms of winter SAD often
include oversleeping or difficulty waking up in the morning
, nausea, and a
tendency to over eat, often with a craving for carbohydrates, which leads
to weight gain. SAD is typically associated with winter depression, but
springtime lethargy or other seasonal mood patterns are not uncommon.
Although each individual case is different, in contrast to winter SAD,
people who experience spring and summer depression may be more likely to
show symptoms such as insomnia, decreased appetite and weight loss, and
agitation or anxiety
Polar T3 Syndrome
is a condition found in polar explorers, caused by a
decrease in levels of the
thyroid hormone T3
Its effects include
and mood disturbances
It can exhibit itself in a fugue state known as the Antarctic stare. It is
regarded as one of the contributory causes of
which is a condition that occurs in individuals
" throughout the Antarctic
or Arctic winter that consists of a variety of behavioral and medical
disturbances, including irritability, depression
insomnia, absentmindedness, aggressive behavior, and irritable bowel
syndrome. Triiodothyronine or T3 is a thyroid hormone. It plays an
important role in the body's control of metabolism
and the many processes
that control the rate of activity in cells and tissues. A laboratory test
can be done to measure the amount of T3 in your blood. Higher-than-normal
T3 levels typically indicate
or overactive thyroid.
Body Affects the Mind
Vitamin D Deficiency
Major Depression with Seasonal Variation
, is it a valid
Light Affects Mood and Learning
through Distinct Retina-Brain Pathways.
that project to the
effects of light on learning
, independently of the SCN’s pacemaker
function. Eyes and Light
Researchers discover brain pathway that helps to explain light's effect on
. Improved understanding of a neural pathway connecting
light-sensitive cells in the retina with the cortical brain regions
involved in mood and cognition has implications for the development of
treatments for mood disorders.
Luxotonic Signals in human frontal-polar cortex
. A possible substrate for
effects of light on mood.
Light from Computer Screens and Phones
Seasonal variation in daylight influences brain function
. A research
group has studied how seasons influence the function of the brain.
Researchers showed that the length of daylight affects the opioid
receptors, which in turn regulates the mood we experience.
Tools for Monitoring the
Weather on Health
refers to temporary or permanent relocation of a
patient to a region with a climate more favorable to recovery from or
management of a condition. Examples include: The partial pressure of
oxygen is lower at high altitude, so person with sickle cell disease might
move to a lower altitude to reduce the number of sickle crises. Several
sites around the world are advertised or studied as possibly of
therapeutic benefit to
with psoriasis, most notably the Dead Sea region.
Hot Weather Effects
- Body influences the Mind
On days you feel good, write down the details of the
weather. On days you feel bad, also write down the details of the weather
and then see if there are any
in any of the weather related factors
that you wrote down, like the ones below. (June 6th, 2016).
I Felt Good During this Day
85.6 °F, Low 63.3 °F, Average 72.6 °F. -
WSW 8 mph. -
in (going up). - Visibility
- UV Index
- 1 of 10.
is more than just being sad.
That Feeling in Your Bones
. Link between achy joints and rainy weather in a flood of data comes up dry.
How is sleep affected by changing clocks and seasons
? Study finds
problems only when getting an extra hour of
. How are you sleeping? A new
study has found the transition from daylight saving time to standard time,
when one hour is gained overnight, was associated with a brief increase in
difficulty going to sleep or staying asleep, but there was no such
association when an hour is lost in the change from standard time to
daylight saving time. The study also found a small difference in the
amount of sleep people get depending on the
Changes in prebiotic
levels could have an effect on
may ease Anxiety and Depression. Gut
bacteria may affect levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Gut
bacteria may also have an affect on the vagus nerve
, which conveys sensory
information from the gut to the brain. Gut bacteria may also
affect the immune system
could, in turn, influence the brain. (Gut and Psychology Syndrome)
Body affects the Mind and the
Mind affects the Body
- More than a Feeling
. 90% of the human body's total serotonin is located
Human Gastrointestinal Tract
are a group of
G protein-coupled receptor
ligand-gated ion channels
found in the central and peripheral
mediate both excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission. The serotonin
receptors are activated by the neurotransmitter serotonin, which acts as
their natural ligand.
in our gut secrete a profound number of
chemicals, chemicals that are the same substances used by our
neurons to communicate and regulate mood, like dopamine, serotonin and
(GABA).certain bacteria were more
likely to be associated with depressive patients.
Beyond our Normal Senses
is the interactions between the nervous and
and the relationships between mental processes and health.
It's all about Increasing your Odds for Happiness
"There are many things in my life that I am not totally in control of. Even though I am
getting better at controlling things in my life, I am still not
in control of everything. I prioritize, but I have to learn how
not to ignore things that still may be important. So I have to
learn how to spend some more time on the lower priorities in my
life, because they still may have significance. How many things
do I need to be in control of in my life in order to feel that I
am in control of my life? Without turning into a
or becoming a
Every human being has
difficulties, but not every human being has the same
difficulties or reacts the same way to difficulties.
and feelings are Humans
, part early warning system and part joyride.
Understanding the different
emotions is just as important as knowing where the on and off
switch is so that you can
the amount of emotions and keep from being overly
emotional. Emotions and
feelings should never guide your decision making. Emotions and
feelings should only make
you aware that you are an incredible and complex machine that
needs proper maintenance
and proper monitoring
. - (Howard Polley)
burying or suppressing emotions is an indication that there is
vital information and knowledge missing that is needed to help a
person to understand their feelings. People are afraid to
express certain feelings when they are not sure what they mean
or how they will be
A computational and neural model of momentary subjective
"Happiness is not determined by what’s happening around
you, but rather what’s happening inside you. Most people depend on others
to gain happiness, but the truth is, it always comes from within." Patience
Things that can make you happy, but not necessarily
exercise for 5 minutes,
a new skill, spend time in
something pleasing like flowers or fruit, learn something about a
, insect or animal, watch the
sunset or sunrise, spend time with a
someone, dress up in different clothes or change your hairstyle,
, watch a
, listen to
dream and explore
, create a
interesting, call an old friend,
, take a nap,
something, set a
or work on
a letter, prepare a
bake a pie or cookies, educate someone, and so on and so
Having purpose and meaning in life increases overall well-being and
life satisfaction, improves mental and physical health, enhances
resiliency, enhances self-esteem, and decreases the chances of
depression. On top of that, the single-minded pursuit of
happiness is ironically leaving people less happy. What sets
human beings apart from animals is not the pursuit of happiness,
which occurs all across the natural world, but the pursuit of
meaning, which is unique to humans.
is a social psychologist who is known for his
work on the self, social rejection, belongingness,
differences, self-control, self-esteem, self-defeating
behaviors, motivation, aggression, consciousness, and free will.
- People Smart
Oliver Shows Every Emotion
"Knowing a lot of people is good, but knowing a few people
who know a lot is even better
is the fulfillment of one's wishes,
, or the
pleasure derived from this: Gratified, having received what was
The contentment one feels when one has fulfilled a desire, need,
or expectation. Act of fulfilling a desire or need or appetite.
Knowledge is Happiness,
Learning is Happiness.
Happiness is complex, but the
more you understand what happiness is, the more you will
experience happiness. If learning makes you happy you will always be happy
as long as you keep learning. But Knowledge and Information
buy itself will not guarantee happiness. Knowledge and
Information will only make you more aware of what happiness is.
And the more you know the more possibilities and potential you
will be aware of. Listen to as many people as possible for a
great portion of our
comes from each other
and from the millions of experiences that we all share. But
please keep in mind that when you are relying on other people
for knowledge and information, that the knowledge of other
people will only be affective and reliable when those other
people are actually learning new knowledge and acquiring new
information. So the more people you know who are always learning
will definitely increase your chances of acquiring reliable and
accurate information and knowledge.
Happiness during the Holidays
More happiness was reported when family and religious
experiences were more prominent, and lower well-being occurred
when spending money and receiving gifts
was more prominent.
Engaging in environmentally conscious consumption practices also
predicted a happier holiday, as did being older and male. In
sum, the materialistic aspects of modern Christmas celebrations
may undermine well-being, while family and spiritual activities
may help people to feel more satisfied.
What Makes for a Merry Christmas
Constraints on the use of money as a gift at Christmas
role of status and intimacy. A gift must be capable of carrying
meaningful information concerning the level of intimacy and the
relative status existing between donor and recipient. In
contrast, money was found to lack the necessary attributes for
conveying information concerning intimacy, but also to possess
attributes that may transmit inappropriate messages relating to
Inferences about Homeowners' Sociability
: Impact of
Christmas decorations and other cues residents may use holiday
decorations on their home's exterior to communicate friendliness
and cohesiveness with neighbors.
Would you gain more happiness from buying a material good then you would
from having an experience?
Depends on the material object and the
type of experience that you have. Some material goods can provide long
lasting happiness, especially when the product can be used to benefit your
life. Like having a new bicycle, which gives you many opportunities to
travel and exercise, while reducing pollution and other negative impacts.
Or an experience that provides you with more then a great memory, but also
provides you with lessons learned and knowledge gained from the
experience, which you can now share with others, bringing even more
happiness to people who have not yet experienced what you have. Experience
can be a gift that keeps on giving. So can a material object, especially
an object that can be shared and enjoyed for many years.