The Pinnacle

What is happiness, really?

Across Polyethylene

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That the basis of life is pursuit of happiness is no longer an uncommon idea. It may be physical euphoria, intellectual satisfaction, spiritual transcendence or simply good morale, but it’s all nothing but various ways of experiencing what we refer to as happiness.

With countries going ahead and measuring their prosperity in terms of scales such as the ‘Subjective Happiness Scale’ and ‘Gross National Happiness,’ the question arises: What’s happiness really?

Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside advocates that 50 percent of a given human’s happiness level is genetically determined, 10 percent is affected by life circumstances and situation, and a remaining 40 percent of happiness is subject to self-control.

But that’s just one theory. There are so many others, made up by psychologists, analysts, spiritual leaders and philosophers. Pretty much every religion in the world is a guide to attain true…

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