We all strive for happiness. And why wouldn’t we? After all, there is nothing better than being thoroughly satisfied and happy. But when is that even the case, when are we happy? What does “happiness” mean anyway?
All these are questions that people have been trying to answer for millennia. But there is no panacea here – luck and happiness, that are entirely different things for each of us.
Hence, we asked you directly what it is that brings a smile to your face in your everyday life. Laughter, sleeping in, waking up to the sound of birds chirping outside your window, sunshine, your furry friends and coffee – these are the things that make you happy. In short, it’s those famous “little things in life“. And people. Whether friends or family or just the friendly stranger smiling at you on public transport – people make us happy. After all, the coffee tastes even better in company and laughing together is more fun than alone. Happiness is one of those few things that becomes even bigger when we share it.
And because our fellow human beings give us so much – the happiness of not being alone – we should tell them much more often just how much we appreciate them. How grateful we are to have them, how much we love them, or even how much we think about them and miss them. Because giving people happiness is one of the greatest gifts – and sometimes it can be as easy as writing a letter or a postcard.
5 fun facts about Happiness
- Since time immemorial, people have been concerned with the definition of happiness. For example, the Chinese Lao Tse (6th century BC) saw real happiness in stopping to chase happiness or other goals, because only then could a person become truly happy.
- According to research by Dutchman Ruut Veenhoven, the Danes are the happiest people on earth, followed by the Swiss and Icelanders.
- Positive psychology examines how positive emotions develop, how they shape the character and which framework conditions in society support positive traits.
- Dopamine, the “happiness substance”, makes our brain work better.
- Our brain is addicted to the feeling of happiness. In the 50s, the psychologist James Olds observed that rats, who could stimulate their pleasure center and the area of happiness in their brains themselves by pressing a button, kept on pressing it – until they almost died of thirst, hunger and exhaustion.