Happiness is an experience of feelings with boundaries varying considerably according to context or conditions. The closer definition of the context in which the concept is used evidences happiness is a fuzzy concept. Some related concepts are well-being, quality of life, contentment – the likes of psychological and philosophical concepts.
Besides being a feeling it also has its own philosophy perception that happiness (also being well and doing well) is the only thing that humans desire for its own sake, unlike riches, honour, health or friendship. It is believable that people sought riches, or honour, or health not only for their own sake but also in order to be happy. Therefore all that is admirable, honourable, dependable, blessing, e.t c carries the fragments of happiness.
In psychology, happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being which can be defined by, among others, positive or pleasant emotions ranging from CONTENTMENT to INTENSE JOY.
In philosophy, happiness refers to the good life, or flourishing, rather than simply an emotion.
Thus implied, the happy life is the good life, that is, a life in which a person fulfils human nature in an excellent way. Specifically, the good life is the life of excellent rational activity. Basically, if it’s right, every living thing has a function, that which it uniquely does have function argument.
As humans our function is to reason, and it is alone that we individually and uniquely do. And performing one’s function well, or excellently, is one’s good. Consequently, the life of admirable rational activity – the life of moral virtue.
As a result this leads to a lot of arguments on how humans should behave, either individually or collectively, based on the resulting happiness of such behaviour. Morally speaking, happiness is the greatest principle as a guide for ethical behaviour.
Happiness is a virtue and its qualities have moral benefits. In a world full of uncertainties, still it makes sense that happiness is not the absence of fear, pain, inadequacy or shame.
What makes happiness a virtue is the fact that it is a skill that causes substantial joy beam on.
1. Courage in the face of fear
2. Temperance in the face of pleasure and pain
3. Liberality with wealth and possessions
4. Radiance with great wealth and possessions
5. Fairness with great honours
6. Proper ambition with normal honours
7. Truthfulness with self-expression
8. Wittiness in conversation
9. Friendliness or openness in social conduct
10. Modesty in the face of shame or shamelessness
11. Righteous indignation or outrage in the face of injury
12. Contentment in the face of lack.
The focus on attaining the greatest happiness, strives in cases where people tend to make happiness one’s ultimate goal, the aim of one’s existence, “makes one contemptible”. This will create a culture that would set higher, more difficult goals than “mere happiness.” Thus happiness-seekers who seek after only their own pleasure, avoiding all process, danger, exertion, difficulty, challenge, struggle are meant to seem contemptible to. As promoting the hierarchy of needs to attain and be somewhere in order to be happy, if handle unwisely it gives birth to unnecessary competition e.t.c
”Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
When the right channel is used, in life there are levels of human needs, when a human being reaches the higher level of needs, he/she reaches self-actualization. That is where a sense of needing fulfilment; such are moments of profound moments of love, understanding, happiness, or enthusiasm, during which a person feels more whole, alive, self-sufficient, and yet a part of the world.
This is similar to the concept of self-determination theory that relates to three needs: competence, autonomy, and relatedness; all being intrinsic motivational.
Positively looking on factors that cause and correlate with happiness there are many different views on short-term self-help interventions that people developed and demonstrated to improve their well-being. To name few:
- Pleasure (the feeling of taste, warmth etc.),
- Engagement (or flow, the absorption of an enjoyed yet challenging activity),
- Relationships (social ties have turned out to be extremely reliable indicator of happiness),
- Meaning (a perceived quest or belonging to something bigger), and
- Accomplishments (having realized tangible goals).
All being said and done, I would like to argue that happiness is not unreservedly defined by the size the smile. It doesn’t wholly depend on the size of one’s smile. There are situations that deserve a self-satisfied eye – likewise nothing dull is worthy a smile but that doesn’t signify the absence of joy.
Unbeknown to nobody different people find happiness from different places. Everyone has individual fair understanding of the characteristics of happiness. After all it’s the inner peace that counts.
To some happiness is defined / shaped by the sense of balance between being out-spoken and silent.
To some happiness is defined / shaped by the sense of balance between being bold and gentle.
To some happiness is defined / shaped by the sense of balance between going private and public.
To some happiness is defined / shaped by the sense of balance between being still and dancing.
To some happiness is defined / shaped by the sense of balance between confronting and letting go.
To some happiness is defined / shaped by the sense of balance between surrendering and forgiving.
To some happiness is defined / shaped by the sense of balance between being separate and united.
To some happiness is defined / shaped by the sense of balance between uprooting and building.
To some happiness is defined / shaped by the sense of balance between saying Yes and No.
To some happiness is defined / shaped by the sense of balance between smiling and eyeing.
Nevertheless HAPPINESS prevails. It’s not being bipolar – it’s being happy – feeling yourself – your own way.