Hebrew U Prof Explains The Reason Why We Celebrate International Day Of Happiness

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March 20, 2018

Today is the International Day of Happiness, marking the 6th year after being first celebrated on March 20, 2013. It is an annual event which is acknowledged and celebrated by 193 countries, two observer states and 11 territories.

International Day of Happiness

To help understand what exactly constitutes ad happiness and what makes it eternal, a study was undertaken to shed some light on the unrealistic expectations that many people have about their own feelings, said lead researcher Maya Tamir, Ph.D., a psychology professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

“Happiness is more than simply feeling pleasure and avoiding pain. Happiness is about having experiences that are meaningful and valuable, including emotions that you think are the right ones to have,” said Tamir, “All emotions can be positive in some contexts and negative in others, regardless of whether they are pleasant or unpleasant.”

The aim to mark this special day was to inspire individuals to share happiness and create a happier world for all. A true secret to leading a happy life is trying to find contentment. One cannot be happy all the time. The art resides in going through experiences and coming out of them better than before.

“People want to feel very good all the time in Western cultures, especially in the United States,” Tamir said.”Even if they feel good most of the time, they may still think that they should feel even better, which might make them less happy overall.”

 

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The reason why we celebrate International Day of Happiness

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