Over the past few weeks I have heard many different definitions of happiness. For a lot of us, happiness means being at peace, living in the moment, or a chosen state of mind. But what really makes for a happy person? Is it their attitude, their life experience, or even their genetics? This past week I have been studying psychologist Richard O’Connor’s Happy at Last, and I have discovered that there is not just one, but three, definitions of happiness.
Vanilla: Happy people are often filled with positive emotions such as excitement, peace, love, and joy.
Chocolate: Happy people rarely have negative emotions like sorrow, depression, resentment, jealousy, and pessimism.
Strawberry: Happy people are happy with their lives. They are not regretful; instead they are grateful. They are happy with their relationships and they are hopeful for the future.