What Is Happiness?

 

What is happiness? Is it possible to define something so seemingly simple, yet, obviously complex?

Happiness is one of those experiences we just know as it happens. If you need to think about whether you’re happy, you probably aren’t at that moment.

Who can’t spout off a list of things that we think we need to be happy? It might include something as immediate as peace and quiet after a long day to something as futuristic as a beach house for retirement. And many things in between, from possessions to experiences.

Ironically, science has shown that wanting expensive things makes us happier than actually buying them, yet we still make dream boards of our ideal happy life and keep that ongoing happiness want list in our mind because the hunt for happiness makes us happy.

Happiness is elusive because there isn’t an exact recipe for it, no matter how much we want one.  Happiness changes with the moment we are in. We’ve all had we just  experiences that we thought would make us happy but didn’t. And we’ve all had experiences where we believed we’d be miserable and ironically experienced unexpected happiness instead.

Unhappiness also happens to the happiest of people. No one is a robot that operates at one emotional speed set on happy. We are meant to feel a gamut of emotions including happiness, but it also encompasses grief, pain and sadness. Sometimes, we need to feel our unhappiness, which ironically makes room for us to feel happiness too.

Before starting the Society I’m sure I tried virtually every “get happy” philosophy or how-to program available from the spiritual to the cognitive. I believed if I just did something better, smarter or faster, I’d be happy more often. While I certainly learned things in every program, none of them was going to make me happy all the time. I’ve always seen the silver lining in most situations, but apparently I didn’t want to have to look for a silver lining because life was always happy.

What I learned from my searching was that although you can’t be happy all of the time, you can be happy most of the time. If you want to be happy more, it’s easy — recognize more happiness that’s already happening.  After starting the Society I identified different types of happiness to make recognizing more happiness easier. Sometimes happiness is the relief and satisfaction we get when we finish cleaning the kitchen. Sometimes, it’s watching a child or pet do something that amuses us. Or sometimes it’s obvious such as going to a party. But, ultimately, happiness is about recognizing and experiencing moments of happiness when they happen.

If you want to recognize more happiness, start by taking your Happiness Inventory? You’ll discover you have more happy moments than you recognize.

If you want to know more about the 31 Types of Happiness, check out our Secret Society of Happy People 31 Types of Happiness Guide available in print (it’ll fit in your purse) and on your ereader.

Happiness is a diverse, complex, and wonderful moment that we experience in multiple forms everyday.

Below are the Secret Society of Happy People’s 31 Types of Happiness that you can share on your social media site (considering making one your social media icon for a day). Also, please tell us about last type of happiness that you experienced in the comments below.

The more happiness we recognize the happier we’ll be. The happier we are, the happier the world will be.

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 Enthusiasm 300x300 What Is Happiness?  Giving 300x300 What Is Happiness?  Helpful 300x300 What Is Happiness?
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 Inspired 300x300 What Is Happiness?  Joyful copy 300x300 What Is Happiness?  Kindness 300x300 What Is Happiness?
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 Peaceful 300x300 What Is Happiness?  Playful 300x300 What Is Happiness?  Relieved 300x300 What Is Happiness?
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 Thankful What Is Happiness?

 

19 Responses to What Is Happiness?
  1. Gram : )
    July 28, 2012 | 12:11 am

    What you live, becomes your life! Happiness is a choice! :D

  2. Jo
    July 29, 2012 | 1:27 am

    Why are #9 and #31 the same?

    • happysociety
      July 29, 2012 | 1:49 am

      Typo…thanks…

      • Jo
        July 29, 2012 | 3:51 am

        So what word is missing?

        • happysociety
          July 29, 2012 | 5:47 am

          Mellow :-)

  3. Suzette
    August 6, 2012 | 8:44 pm

    Please resend me the link for the “Happiness Poster”.

  4. smurphy148
    August 7, 2012 | 2:05 am

    Seems that I’m happier than I thought I was based on the different types of happiness!

  5. Kim Hall
    August 13, 2012 | 7:07 am

    I love being content as one of the types of happiness. It speaks to the harder, more difficult side of finding joy where we are. It is so easy to be happy when things are going our way, and not so much when life gets rocky.

  6. Elena Lai Etcheverry
    August 27, 2012 | 4:27 pm

    i love this! my motto is that I am a Happy People. I have been proclaiming this for years and now I have a group of people who think like me! wonderful place!

  7. Rose Mis
    July 13, 2013 | 10:44 am

    that was awesome!

  8. Pamela Gail Johnson (
    July 14, 2013 | 9:16 am

    Love our new page … thanks Rose!!!
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  9. Beth
    July 14, 2013 | 4:20 pm

    WOW!! 16 so far today!!

  10. Sue
    July 17, 2013 | 6:03 am

    I agree with Gram. Happiness is a choice. Its a state of mind that we chose or not to believe. Thanks for sharing this post. :)

  11. Lynn
    September 6, 2013 | 2:46 pm

    Why am I thankful today? That’s the best way to start your day. Heck, living in Miami where the sun shines almost all the time (even after the thunder storms), with blue skies and palm trees swaying..what a sight. We have such blessings around us no matter where we live. Butterflies and birds, fruits and flowers. God gave us a great planet. Turn off the TV, all the devices and just breathe, pray and love. Smile at people, you may just get one in return. Thanks for this site.

  12. Bellaisa
    September 7, 2013 | 9:05 pm

    This has been a stressful day for me, but while listening to the video I realized that blessed was my last feeling and I’ve experienced 15 types of happiness today. Pretty cool.
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  13. Giovani
    September 29, 2013 | 11:58 am

    Today, I’ve experienced the following types of happy: thankful, social, spiritual, motivated, love, inspired, kindness, honorable, helpful, giving, content, balanced, anticipation, and amused (by the Secret Society of Happy People)!

    Without the guide of 31 Types of Happiness, it would have been easy to have missed most of these. I’m so happy to have been alerted to the different ways I’ve already been happy today. Great excuse to celebrate!

    THANKS! :D

    Sunshine & Blessings,
    Giovani

  14. Yvonne
    April 17, 2014 | 10:18 am

    I love, love, love this line: “If you want to be happy more, it’s easy — recognize more happiness that’s already happening.” I wrote something very similar about gratitude recently, about how we don’t always notice it in ourselves, yet it’s there in everyday moments.

    Interesting that science has found people feel happier wanting expensive things than they do buying them. I would not have expected that. I’ll have to check that article out now.
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  15. GJ
    April 22, 2014 | 7:35 am

    Wonderful, Inspiring site. Smile and the world smiles with you.

    Thank you really enjoyed the experience.

    Will share this with others.

    GJ
    Bronzemyshoe

  16. Cindy Mulcahey
    April 22, 2014 | 12:02 pm

    I have experienced all of these , believe it or not , I have experienced all of these in one day. That day is today. My philosophy is always look on the brighter side of a sad situation. :) )))

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