Questions tagged [happiness]

For questions pertaining to happiness, 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.

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Why are core beliefs often phrased as opposites?

I was reading about core beliefs (here and here). While I get the definition, the examples seem very simple to me. For example "I'm ugly" vs "I'm beautiful". Don't most people accept that things exist ...
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How to improve the “happiness set point”? [duplicate]

In Wikipedia (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedonic_treadmill) it says: "The hedonic treadmill, also known as hedonic adaptation, is the observed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively ...
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How happy are people relative to neutral (as measured by experience sampling)?

Most studies on experience sampling are about whether some activity correlates with increased or decreased happiness/subjective well-being. However, it's often hard to tell from these studies what ...
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What can one do to permanently increase one's baseline happiness (subjective well-being)?

According to the hedonic treadmill theory of subjective well-being each human has a hedonic set point. Positive or negative life events cause relatively short-term deviations to one's happiness before ...
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Generosity in the World Happiness Score

One factor in the World Happiness Score is generosity. I had trouble to understand what this actually means and how it enters into the score. These were my specific questions: Does "generosity" ...
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What does science say about feeling appreciated/loved/valued?

I believe firmly that people who feel appreciated/loved/valued will (generally) experience all kinds of benefits for themselves and the people around them. Think about: Being more healthy Experience ...
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Do major historic events have a lasting impact on humankind's objective happiness?

In his book "Sapiens - a Brief History of Humankind", Harari argues that the biochemistry of "happiness" in any person can only move within bounds, dictated by genetics. He also argues that happiness ...
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Is memory biased towards positive or negative memories?

I am trying to understand the relationship between positive/negative memories and the congruence of memory to existing beliefs. These quotes are from Wikipedia, presented in alphabetical order: ...