Happiness

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Emotions

Definition

a universal emotion

Terminology

happiness

//

joy

=

profound happiness

a sudden burst of happiness

happiness vs. joy

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Myths

Happiness deserves a special/central place and attention among the emotions.

The Hype Around Happiness - A Dangerous Distraction?

Evidence:

specific angle:

empirical

work with emotions

by

observation of others

myself

Why more than just an opinion?

observations:

usually not a "key" moment

except:

profound Happiness

does not frequently trigger crucial emotional processes

compared to

feeling safe

anger

...

Conclusions:

important, yes

not special

Issues:

important

because of

the number of people who hold this opinion

"Happiness-Cult"

misleading

conflict with actual empirical evidence

under-valuation of other emotions

in mainstream

so to speak: stealing the spotlight

e.g.

feeling safe

Instead:

yes...

happiness is a desirable emotion and usually a sign of something good happening

BUT...

it can be

empty

"cheap thrills"

superficial

... and occurs after experiencing deeper emotions

... which in turn might get overlooked/underappreciated

e.g.

feeling safe

higher in a hierarchy of emotions

for Practitioners:

differentiate whether you are dealing with superficial or profound happiness

profound happiness

a happiness that occurs when experiencing something profound and better words to describe the feeling are lacking

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