Happiness is a positive and durable state that is comprised of positive emotions, peaceful mind and contentment with one’s life. Adjustment also plays a key role in the regulation of happiness.

Research was carried out by Diener (1996) in which he gathered data from 916 surveys around the world regarding happiness, contentment and well being.    He investigated the relationship between happiness and adjustment. He found that injured people were severely annoyed and apprehensive in the week they had the accident. However, after eight weeks they reported happiness to be their strongest feelings.

Diener found that other significant activities such as meeting with friends, reading the paper, enjoying food and having fun contributes a lot to adjustment and diverting of their attention. Moreover, he found that some events have long term consequences such as the loss of partner or job. A widow takes 6-8 years to get back her previous health, happiness and wellbeing. Likewise, joblessness results in persistent stress and unhealthy emotions.

A key point Diener and Seligman (2002) found was that friendship plays a significant role in an individual’s wellbeing. He reported that 10% of the brightest students were strongly bonded to friends and family and displayed fewer signs of negative emotions.  Haye (2006) found that individuals can be trained to experience more happiness through various intervention programs.  Additionally, unrealistic expectations, high demands and extraordinary wishes can act as a barrier to happiness. Thus, staying close to reality and having an openness to nature, feelings, values and ideas is a simple pathway to happiness.


Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Big U Academy, the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Lifestyle Academy. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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