Source: The Science Times
By Hannah C.
The scientific breakdown of happiness is more than increased levels of positive hormones like dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. According to researchers from top universities such as Harvard, Yale, and the University of California, happiness also involves how we behave and choose to act.
Professor Lauri Santos, who teaches The Science of Well-Being as an online Yale course, said that happiness is often misconceived as built-in and cannot be changed. In the course, she instructs students to increase their happiness by building productive habits.
Another course is The Science of Happiness, a self-paced online course from UC Berkeley. Over 500,000 students have completed the course learning about “the roots of a happy and meaningful life through science and practice.”
Emiliana Simon-Thoams from the Greater Good Science Center said that those who pursue happiness in the belief system of achievements “end up being less happy than people who define happiness in a more overarching, quality-of-life way.” So what are some of the scientific ways that people can discover or create their happiness?
Enhance Social Connections
Multiple studies support how essential close relationships are, such as romantic partners, children, family, and the surrounding community. Those with strong relationships and feel well connected to others generally have better physical and mental health. For example, good relationships result in fewer stress hormones which are associated with chronic inflammation, heart disease, and other illnesses.
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