What Does Happiness Mean?
Happiness Throughout History
In 1776 the United States of America’s Declaration of Independence stated that, “We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness; …”
Many countries adopted similar tripartite mottos; the Universal Declaration of Rights was adopted by the United Nations in 1948.
What did happiness mean in 1776 or 1948, and what does it mean in today’s world?
In the 1950’s it was Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll.
In today’s world; is your happiness determined by your social media following and bank account?
Relationships Might Be The Key To Happiness
In 1939 Harvard began a Study on Adult Development, which lasted seventy-five years. Their thrust was primarily Harvard Graduates and men from inner-city neighborhoods of Boston. They identified variables linked to poor physical and mental health as well as factors that promote stable and satisfying relationships. The Harvard message seems to be; good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Keep? So how do you get there in the first place?
So, now that I informed you about all that stuff, what really determines human happiness?
I suppose that a sense of happiness depends on how an individual defines happiness.
Does your happiness compare to that of Mother Teresa, becoming President of the United States, being the richest person in the world, or the greatest athlete?
A great lover? A moral and religious person?
What, none of these? OK, maybe some.
So, where does your happiness stem from?
I talk about happiness in our Schemas, but only you can determine what it is in your life that brings about a sense of happiness.
What do YOU think?
Is it communicating with people in the social network? Do you enjoy your life’s work more than those you love? Do you believe it’s your personal relationships with family and friends?
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