Chapter 18

Happiness

“Happiness is no laughing matter.”

—RICHARD WHATELY, 1854

DEFINITION:

Happiness is the ability to feel satisfied with your life, to enjoy yourself and others, and to have fun. Happiness combines self-satisfaction, general contentment, and the ability to enjoy life. Happy people often feel good and at ease in both work and leisure; they are able to “let their hair down” and enjoy the opportunities for having fun. Happiness is associated with a general feeling of cheerfulness and enthusiasm. It is a by-product and/or barometric indicator of your overall degree of emotional intelligence and emotional functioning. A person who demonstrates a low degree of this component may possess symptoms of depression, such as a tendency ...

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