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Happiness is a Biopsychosocial Phenomenon Essay

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Introduction
Is happiness or subjective well-being just an occurrence, or does this observable circumstance have accountabilities beyond what is experienced by the person who perceives feeling happy? We all desire to be happy, but how is this achieved and sustained? Are there predetermining factors that play a role, such as our genetic make-up? The following essay will explore subjective well-being in general, as this is considered to be synonymous with happiness. An explanation will be given of both the model of architecture of sustainable happiness, and a clear definition of the biopsychosocial model. Throughout the essay, examples from the SKD228 module will be given as evidence of support with possible links to biological factors.
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In this model, the variation in happiness is made up of approximately 50%, whilst life circumstances represent 10% in well-being. The difference consists of effort on behalf of the person who chooses to enhance their well-being by intentional activity. It is suggested that despite what is biologically set and what life events happen, one can improve mental health and over all well-being with intentional activity. An example of the architecture of sustainable happiness model would be that of Henry, who has combined his love for the outdoors with his job. He reports that his good health is down to his genes, stating that there is never any melancholy in their lives. He is part of a cohesive social network. Running across the country with his dogs is a form of stress relief and Henry claims this effort gets him on a high. (Toates, 2013, p9). Evidence supports Henry’s claim to the runner’s high. From a biological perspective, exercise triggers an increase in neuron activity in the brain which then releases serotonin, the feel good hormone as well as noradrenalin. Various antidepressants are based on these neurochemicals, but Henry is boosting his levels naturally without any side effects. (Toates, 2013, p70) Henry experiences subjective well-being as he is engaging in
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