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FIVE FACTORS, (IN DECENDING ORDER OF IMPORTANCE) THAT MAKE ME HAPPY Introduction Are you happy? What does it mean to be happy? Basically, being happy means that you are in a state of mental ease or joy. According to dictionary.com, happy can be defined in five different ways, them being " 1. delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing: to behappy to see a person. 2. characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy: a happy mood; a happy frame of mind. 3. favoured by fortune; fortunate or lucky: a happy, fruitful land. 4. apt or felicitous, as actions, utterances, or ideas. 5. obsessed by or quick to use the item indicated (usually usedin combination): a trigger-happy gangster. Everybody is gadget-happy these days" (Dictionary.com). It is believed that the word was first used in the mid 14 century. From these definitions, we can say that the word "Happy" means to express a feeling of pleasure or joy, usually in the form of a smile or other joyful expressions or actions. Happiness/ being happy are other forms of the word happy. Although there are many quotes on happiness, Byron Pulsifer's own is one I hold in high regards, he said that "Happiness is a state of mind not what's in your wallet". According to him how rich a person is doesn't really affect how happy he/she is, this particular quote has lead me to do ...read more.


whenever he engages himself in the game, different people have different activities which they love to engage themselves in to gain happiness. Relationships in the sense of how we relate with others around us as well as how they relate with us, in his TED talks seminar Seligman made note that one major difference in extremely happy people and regular people was that "extremely happy people were extremely sociable"(TED talks Feb 2004) . Meaning (finding purpose in what we do), based on how we see ourselves, for some they might feel that their lives are part of some higher calling, this gives them a sense of meaning in their lives and finally accomplishments. These five factors form the backbone of this research work and as a result are they are explained extensively in the course of this project. Factors of happiness 1) Engagement Although Engagement comes second in Martins concept, in my opinion I see engagement as being the most important of the 5. Being engaged as defined by Martin means to have a flow in life, to be able to gladly participate in meaningful and challenging activity, for some it could be in their job while for others it could be religiously. In my own opinion you need to be able to find a means of engaging yourself before you can even think of pursuing happiness. ...read more.


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