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Our state of happiness or unhappiness colors everything. Happy people perceive the world as safer and feel more confident. They make decisions, cooperate more easily and are more tolerant (Myers, p. 479). Not everyone is born with a sunny disposition, but I agree that we can all learn how to bring more meaning and satisfaction into our lives.

Happiness is one of the many emotions humans experience. It may perhaps be the most important feeling a person can have and it is the one feeling everyone strives to achieve, yet strangely people seem to only get a glimpse of it. Pleasurable satisfaction, a state of well-being and contentment are the more outstanding elements of happiness. Happiness is not a happening; it's a state of mind. You can have everything in the world and still be miserable. Or you can have relatively little and feel unbounded joy. Happiness comes from mastering the art of appreciating.

A nineteenth century philosopher, John Stuart Mill correctly advocated the pursuit of happiness and maintained the concept that above all other values, pleasure existed as the final destination, Mill's views correctly and rationally identified a natural human tendency and his practical arguments strongly support the theory that above all else, happiness is the most important dream to be fulfilled. Happiness does not just feel good, it is good. In study after study, psychologists call the feel-good, do-good phenomenon a mood-boosting experience. People’s tendency to be helpful when already in a good mood (Myers, p. 479).

Your happiness, like your cholesterol level, is genetically influenced. Yet as cholesterol is also influenced by diet and exercise, so happiness is partly under your control (Myers, p. 485). In order to give someone concrete suggestions to be more happy, they actually have to listen. In order to be happy people have to realize that happiness does not come from money. Yes, having money helps us survive, but it will not bring happiness....
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