HAPPINESS GENES:
Unlock the Positive Potential Hidden in Your DNA

                DNA

                     by James D. Baird, PhD with Laurie Nadel, PhD
www.happinessgenes.com

UNDERSTANDING HAPPINESS

Everyone seems to have their own idea of the meaning of happiness.  The reason that there are so many opinions on the meaning of happiness is that happiness is an umbrella term. Like the word beauty, it is in the ‘eye of the beholder.’ But remember that a subjective word is simply a signpost that points the way. We can talk about and study the word happiness, all we want, but we won’t really know what happiness means until we feel it.

In spite of subjective meanings, happiness can be classified into two major types, External or Natural, depending upon whether they are caused by external or internal sources. Since the great majority of people believe that happiness comes from external sources, we call that type Common Happiness. The type of happiness that comes from within us, we term Natural Happiness because it is independent of any outside influences. And further, it is experienced by all people, in all cultures, and consequently, it is genetic and results what we call our spiritual genes.

 

 

COMMON HAPPINESS


We all want happiness, as Aristotle stated, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence”.  But we really don’t need the opinion of others, regardless of their prominence; we know we desperately want happiness.  But just what is this happiness we seek? Is it just an attempt to strive for pleasure and avoid pain?  Or is it the desire to acquire stuff, position, and power over others, to win, to find someone to make us happy, or to be financially successful? Pursuing something better, we seek happiness from whatever pleasures we can uncover, but no matter what the pleasure, it is all too soon gone, for pleasures are dependent on external conditions, and the pleasure of today can all too soon be the suffering of tomorrow. Regardless of the promises of the multitude of happiness promoters, as long their idea of happiness comes from outside sources, it is destined for failure. 

 

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