Defining Happiness : The Definition Of Happiness

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Happiness has been and will be controversial topic that will carry on decades from now. It seems to be not one definite definition based on people’s perception of what it means to be happy or what bring about happiness. Some people believe it is just an end goal while others take it as the beginning point to further greatness. People seem to usually draw happiness from a vast number of things. Generally, happiness comprises of an emotional and mental state of well-being that can be characterized through pleasing and positive emotions such as contentment and joy. However, happiness has been researched and defined differently based on religious views, biological views, philosophical and psychological views. In this essay, I will clarify the enigma about happiness and how it is attained.
What is happiness? Can there be one definite definition that is used to define it? In the History of Happiness by Darrin M. McMahon, Ph.D., he explains how Americans today believe that happiness is within our powers if we only set our minds to it. Most people believe that it is the thought of having a good life without suffering, having pleasure, prosperity and joy. Trying to achieve such happiness people tend forget to really enjoy life and the wonders there are. Darrin M. McMahon, Ph.D. also states that people try to feel good, instead of actually being good and trying to live that well-lived life than experiencing what it is to live well in the moment. However, that cannot be sufficient to
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