According to the dictionary, happiness is the feeling of being happy, feeling, showing or causing pleasure or satisfaction! But for most of us happiness goes much deeper than that! It is that sense of well being that comes from both being well and leading a life that fulfils us. It means we are flourishing, rather than simply feeling an emotion.
Research has shown a number of things work together to make us happy. These are relationships and how we relate to others. work, health, freedom and optimism! Together, these give us a sense of purpose and self esteem!
Relationships seem to be the most important factor! This includes relationships with partners, spouses, family, friends, work colleagues and even the next door neighbour. Happiness spreads from one person to another - so there is real value in that smile! Happiness seems to spread more quickly than unhappiness. It might even spread like a virus!
Here are some quotes to give you different perspective on happiness - you can find more at our quotes page!