Definition for happiness by positive psychology Sonja Lumbomirsky “The experience of joy, commitment or positive wellbeing, combined with the sense that ones life is meaningful, good and worthwhile.
Roughly 30-50% of happiness is determined by our genes the rest comes from psychology and our own activities. Psychological facts hawe two aspects: things happening in ones mind and the connections in social relations. That means the feeling of being loved and the feeling of loving. Again and again the researchers find the same conclusion: the best way to be happy is to invest in your family and friends instead of the material Wellbeing.
But still some people are happy in the same or worse situation then others. We all know people who seem to have everything and they aren’t happy ad we all know people who have every reason to be unhappy but they are not.
How often do we hear in the news that some country has been found to be the happiest in the world. If you live the nordic countries and if you follow social sciences you hear it very often. Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway they are in the lead very often. Of course these results depend on how happy is defined. Happiness is not an easy thing to explain. There is so many researches trying to find out which countries are the happiest in the world and what makes them happy. The countries vary a lot depending on what is the way of measuring. One thing is in common on most of them: The economical growth does not increase happiness after certain point. World happiness report describes America this way:
In sum, the United States offers a vivid portrait of a country that is looking for happiness “in all the wrong places.” The country is mired in a roiling social crisis that is getting worse. Yet the dominant political discourse is all about raising the rate of economic growth. And the prescriptions for faster growth—mainly deregulation and tax cuts—are likely to exacerbate, not reduce social tensions. Almost surely, further tax cuts will increase inequality, social tensions, and the social and economic divide between those with a college degree and those without. (World happiness report Chapter 7RESTORING AMERICAN HAPPINESS, JEFFREY D. SACHS)
I think United States is not alone, many countries and many people look for happiness “in all the wrong places”.
World happiness report can be found here: http://worldhappiness.report