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Updated by Debbie Tebovich on Jan 11, 2016
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The Science of Happiness

A Better Way to Pursue Happiness

We all want to be happy. And science shows that happiness not only feels great but also predicts better physical health and even a higher paycheck. But how do we pursue happiness effectively? After all, some recent scientific research actually cautions us against the pursuit of happiness.

Happiness Definition

Most of us probably don't believe we need a formal definition of happiness; we know it when we feel it, and we often use the term to describe a range of positive emotions, including joy, pride, contentment, and gratitude. But to understand the causes and effects of happiness, researchers first need to define it.