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Jessie Fong

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Re: "Happiness" is actually in your mind
« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2013, 10:54:20 AM »
Extracted from Wikipedia:
Measures of happiness

The Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS) is a four-item scale, measuring global subjective happiness. The scale requires participants to use absolute ratings to characterize themselves as happy or unhappy individuals, as well as it asks to what extend they identify themselves with description of happy and unhappy individuals.
The Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) is used to detect relation between personality traits and positive or negative affects at this moment, today, the past few days, the past week, the past few weeks, the past year, and generally (on average). PANAS is a 20-item questionnaire, which uses a five-point Likert scale (1 = very slightly or not at all, 5 = extremely). A longer version with additional affect scales is available in this manual.
The Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) is a global cognitive assessment of life satisfaction. The SWLS requires a person to use seven-item scale to state her agreement or disagreement (1 = strongly disagree, 4 = neither agree nor disagree, 7 = strongly agree) with five statements about one's life.
The UK began to measure national wellbeing in 2012, following Bhutan which already measured gross national happiness.

The smiley face is a well-known symbol of happiness

Are religious people happier people?
There is now extensive research suggesting that religious people are happier and less stressed.

Tenzin K

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Re: "Happiness" is actually in your mind
« Reply #16 on: May 08, 2013, 04:34:21 PM »
For Buddha, the path to happiness starts from an understanding of the root causes of suffering. Those who consider Buddha a pessimist because of his concern with suffering have missed the point. In fact, he is like a skillful doctor—he may break the bad news of our suffering, but he also prescribes a proactive course of treatment. In this metaphor, the medicine is the Buddha’s teachings of wisdom and compassion known as Dharma, and the nurses that encourage us and show us how to take them are the Buddhist community or Sangha. The illness however, can only be cured if the patient follows the doctor’s advice and follows the course of treatment—the Eightfold Path, the core of which involves control of the mind. In Buddhism, this treatment is not a simple medicine to be swallowed, but a daily practice of mindful thought and action that we ourselves can test scientifically through our own experience. Meditation is, of course, the most well known tool of this practice, but contrary to popular belief, it is not about detaching from the world. Rather it is a tool to train the mind not to dwell in the past or the future, but to live in the here and now, the realm in which we can experience peace most readily.


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Re: "Happiness" is actually in your mind
« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2013, 05:44:43 AM »
I do believe if you count your blessings, you will be happy. On the other hand, if you keep feeling sad or angry over things that you didn't have or never would have, there would be no happiness in your life. Indeed happiness is all in our mind. If we have positive thinking, we will react to situations positively, most of the time things will turn out well. If we always cry over spilled milk, how could we ever enjoy the milk that is still in carton?
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