Despite this exciting finding – a brain network for happiness – Kringelbach and Berridge (2010) say that to fully comprehend the functional neuroanatomy of happiness.
As well as the findings from neuroscience supporting an anatomical basis to happiness, another component of a scientific explanation of happiness is the issue of measurement. Some individuals argue that maybe happiness should not be the subject of scientific explanation because it is impossible to objectively measure it (Norrish & Vella-Brodrick, 2008).
A study by Kesebir and Diener (2008) report that in happiness surveys, more than 80% of interviewees rated their overall ‘eudaimonic’ life satisfaction as “pretty to very happy” and, at the same time, 80% of people interviewed also rate their current, hedonic ‘mood’ as positive (e.g.
giving a rating of 6-7 on a 10-point valence scale, where 5 is ‘hedonically neutral’).
Building on previous research on psychosocial factors associated with personal growth, the present study aimed to investigate …Many studies across disciplines assert that chronic illness and emotional wellbeing are closely related.
Yet, studies in the literature rarely examined the mediators of the relationship from a socioeconomic perspective.Keep reading to discover a range of topics including the main theories of happiness, and a fascinating look at the neuroscience of happiness, as well as an interesting discussion on topics such as subjective well-being (the more scientific term for happiness), what positive psychology has to say about happiness, success and happiness, and more. If you think about it, the subjective nature of happiness makes it incredibly difficult to define and also challenging to measure (Kringelbach & Berridge, 2010). In the Past Happiness has been the topic of discussion and debate since the ancient Greek times. Science has looked closely at happiness as ‘hedonically’ defined – or, in other words, happiness is the outcome of the pursuit of pleasure over pain (Ryan & Deci, 2001).Hopefully, it will answer some questions about happiness. Aristippus, a Greek philosopher from the 4th century BC claimed happiness was the sum of life’s ‘hedonic’ moments (Ryan & Deci, 2001).The results demonstrate that conspicuous (i.e., visible and positional) spending increases life …The aim of the current study was to test a model that consisted of dispositional hope, cognitive flexibility, and coping strategies (avoidance, problem-focused coping, and seeking social support) towards subjective well-being of university …Taking the individual data from the European Social Survey of 20, the authors of this paper investigate how employment type (permanent, temporary or informal employment) affects subjective well-being in respect to employment protection …The objective of this paper is to explore how contextual factors are related to children’s subjective well-being in a group of children from 9 to 12 years of age in four European countries with different welfare systems.The main aim of this study …Personal growth is essential in the lives of adults of any age and is associated with a variety of well-being outcomes.Using the panel …The current study used a multidimensional approach to prosocial behavior by (a) exploring various types of adolescent prosocial behavior toward friends (physical helping, sharing, defending, emotional support, including), and (b) examining …Cultural norm conformity shapes the structure of societies and accounts for group differences in the psychological functioning of individuals across cultures.This study investigated the moderating role of cultural tightness–looseness in the …This paper explores the ways in which community wellbeing is, and could be, related to individual subjective wellbeing by mapping current practice, teasing out the assumptions underlying a dominant approach and flagging neglected issues. It aims, on the one hand, at an absence of pain and displeasure, and, on the other, at the experiencing of strong feelings of pleasure’ (p. Kringelbach and Berridge (2010) argue that the neuroscience of both pleasure and happiness can be found by studying hedonic brain circuits.This is because, according to most modern perspectives, pleasure is an important component of happiness.Perhaps, though, as argued by Ed Diener, happiness is subjective.According to Ed Diener, people are happy if they think they are, and each person is the best judge of whether they are, in fact, happy or not (Norrish & Vella-Brodrick, 2008).