In philosophy and (western) religion, happiness may be defined in terms of living a good life, or flourishing, rather than simply as an emotion. Happiness in this sense was used to translate the Greek Eudaimonia and is still used in virtue ethics. There has been a transition over time from the emphasis on the happiness of virtue to the virtue 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. Since the turn of the millennium, psychologists have increasingly become interested in developing an approach to human flourishing. This is seen prominently in the work of Martin Seligman, Ed Diener, and Ruut Veenhoven, and in the international developmental and medical research of Paul Anand.
Al-Ghazali (1058–1111), the Muslim Sufi thinker, wrote the Alchemy of Happiness, a manual of spiritual instruction throughout the Muslim world and widely practiced today.
The International Day of Happiness is celebrated throughout the world on the 20th of March. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly on 28 June 2012.
Advertisers tell us that happiness comes from buying and consuming their products. Celebrities and the media pretend it comes with beauty and fame. And politicians claim that nothing matters more than growing the economy.
We could point to many studies showing how wrong this all is: lasting happiness does not come from what we consume, how we look or how much we earn. But, let’s be honest, you probably knew that already!
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