Happiness And You – How It Affects Everything
Translated from the Greek concept of eudaimonia, happiness, in philosophy, refers to the good life, rather than just the emotion of feeling happy. The concept of ‘being happy’ refers to a mental state of well-being, which then, in psychology, is being transferred into an emotion. It can range from basic contentment to overwhelming joy.
Research on the subject has been conducted in various studies since the 1960s. Projects vary from social psychology to medical research and happiness economics. The posed questions are always similar: What is it? Is it something abstract, something tangible? And how does it differ from person to person, from country to country?
These questions have been on researchers’ and common people’s minds alike. The quest for happiness is something that people of all ages and social groups go on – whether that’s for personal reasons or scientific purposes. The routes we take are very individually shaped and the outcomes are not always in unison either.
The available articles in this section seek to explore all of the questions mentioned above and will give an insight into what constitutes the happiness level of individuals and entire nations.
One angle to look at this is to think about what makes human beings, as individuals, happy. Is it always the same or does it differ? Where do the similarities lie? Could it be that, deep down, the same things make every one of us happy to a similar extent? This article explores five possible factors that could contribute to everyone’s quintessential happiness – and they are not rocket science.
Happiness is a U.
Another take is to look at happiness throughout life. Are we happier when we are three or eighty-three years old? Is there a pattern that can be found or is it a completely individual curve? And what does the letter ‘U’ have to do with all of this? This article dives into the studies and findings about the correlation between age and how happy we are.
We also explore the relationship between this well-being and a functioning state. Should it be in the interest of a country’s leading parties and potentially even embedded into the constitution; the law system? One rather unknown country in South Asia has started doing exactly that. Read more about how it’s implementing happiness into the way the state is led and which criticism they are facing.
Happiness around the world.
Can a government make its nation happy? And if so: Which nation is the happiest? Every year, a World Happiness Report is being published. The methodology and results are fascinating and very insightful. Read this article to find out more about what makes an entire nation happy, how the government plays an important part in it and which country has been crowned as this year’s happiest.
Ultimately, happiness is a buzzword which loses its deeper meaning and philosophical importance in today’s modern world. The articles in this series underline its relevance on every level, from nation state to individual human-beings. Yet, it is important we continue to draw more insight from these perspectives and apply them to our everyday lives, careers and relationships. Being happy is a fundamental human condition, so make sure you understand it as best you can.