Towards happiness: an observation based approach

Towards happiness: an observation based approach isn’t just an emotional state but it is much deeper. Scientific research shows, happy people live longer and healthier lives. Happiness is rooted in our cell structure, in our DNA. Our biological profiles largely dominate our happiness but we can better bliss is something we can all do regardless of our environment or genetics. (Happiness research, CNN team January 19, 2017)

We all experience pleasure in parties, dancing, music, watching a good movie. Those pleasures are temporary amusements, can hardly manifest a permanent happiness.

Along in USA people spend about $550 million on self-help books this year and more than $1 billion on motivational speakers (University of Arizona study report, June 2015) There are so many millions of research and studies have been conducted on happiness that is little space to add new opinion.

Still, I have done my own study of happiness as this appeals to me. Nevertheless, happiness is the main reason, we are living for. I have met people with diverse backgrounds, different ages, different family situations and geographical origins. I have worked as interpreter for depressed people, I also among distressed refugees. I have done my own observation and tested different theories of happiness.

I have carefully read different scholar opinions. I don’t necessarily agree with all theories. Prominent psychology professor states that “trying to be happier is like trying to be taller.” We each have a “happiness set point,” he argues, and move away from it only slightly. (Happiness: Its Nature and Nurture by Dr. David Lykken) Many scientific believes that level of happiness that we can achieve is preset by gene and DNA.

I am not the one who support the negative attitudes toward happiness. I have experienced development of own life. I could be happier despite circumstances were not happiness friendly. I have helped other people, too. I know, we can’t help a pathological unhappy people happy neither can we help a clinical depressed person by verbal therapy. Those people need medical help.

My study and observations show that we can be happier by changing our attitudes and give some unconventional thoughts happiness.

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By: Obaidul Karim Khan

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