The Attriving For Happiness: The Aspects Of Happiness

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The most “sought after” emotion in life is happiness, and yet it is the most difficult for scientists to explain. Happiness is often interpreted to be positive, but there are numerous downsides to this cheerful emotion. Due to the expectations that often accompany it, one’s happiness tends to cause feelings of betrayal and depression. Researchers conclude that those who are constantly happy, or strive to be, are the same people that often dread attending family events. For instance, “Don’t Worry, Be Gloomy” by Susan David states “Striving for happiness establishes an expectation and confirms the saying that expectations are resentments waiting to happen. That’s why holidays and family events are often disappointing, if not downright depressing” (125). Holidays and family gatherings are a time of happiness and love, however, the hoped and wished for emotion becomes so overwhelming that it creates feelings…show more content…
Happiness is misunderstood in a sense that it can never be fully positive or worry free. Scientist struggle to define this emotion, just as we struggle to feel it at times. Untoward emotions are both an inevitable and necessary part of feeling happy; however, experiencing these emotions is not without benefits. Negative emotions can stir motivation, excite creativity, and encourage social interaction, leading these feelings to carry their own importance, instead of just existing as the opposite of happiness.
Being motivated to participate in a specific event or perform a certain role is necessary throughout life, as it helps one to stay on task. When we get excited about a new job, the test that we just aced, or whatever the case may be, our emotions tend to reflect in a positive manner. For example, when conducting research on the presence of happiness, the article “Toward a Positive

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