The difference between happiness and being happy

Postdate: 05 July 2016

You can increase your feeling of happiness at work. An important ingredient for this is the stimulation of work pleasure. Happiness is not, by definition, something you have to achieve: when you are already happy, you will automatically think positively. This leads to more happiness and satisfaction.


Happiness profession Ruud Veenhoven specifies internal life skills and external liveability as two qualities of life that affect our happiness. The external aspect is about the state of the environment, and the internal aspect is about the state of the individual. Liveability can relate to the environment you live in, while life skills are about physical things that are natural to most people, such as eating and walking. In addition, a distinction is made between the quality of life opportunities and life results. Some who has good opportunities can still have a bad life. The ultimate satisfaction is the result of the life of the person him or herself.

'The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything'


Satisfaction can be divided in pleasure, top experience (passing) and partial satisfaction, and satisfaction in life (lasting). In this respect, the distinction is made between, on the one hand, a part of someone's life, and life as a whole on the other hand. When the satisfaction is related to a part of life and it is passing, we call it pleasure. These are short moments of happiness which can be attributed to the quality of life, such as enjoying a plate of food or being engrossed in an activity. You feel 'happy'. A top experience is about a moment of intense satisfaction about life as a whole. We talk about a partial satisfaction when the feeling of satisfaction is related to a part of someone's life and it is lasting. This is the appreciation of a certain part of life, such as work or social relationships. We talk about 'satisfaction in life' or happiness when the feeling of satisfaction is related to life as a whole and it is lasting.

Happiness is strongly connected to physical and mental health, relationships, and work. Money also plays a role, but this is in part related to other factors. Ultimately, people are often happier when they feel healthier. And this, in turn, has an impact on other areas such as your motivation. Conversely, happiness contributes to your health in the long term: happy people live longer.

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