"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition." -- Martha Washington
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions." -- Dalai Lama
An emotion is an intense feeling. Happiness is one of the many emotions humans experience. It may perhaps be the most important feeling a person can have and it is the one feeling everyone strives to achieve, yet strangely, for the most part, people seem to only get a glimpse of it. Pleasurable satisfaction, a state of well-being and contentment are the more outstanding elements of happiness. Happiness, known more formally as felicity, is good. A state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy and can be applied to almost every kind of enjoyment. It can be defined and characterized in several ways- metaphorically, by life’s everyday pleasures, and by the behaviors and accomplishments of a happy person.
This emotion can be metaphorically compared with expressions such as, the sun shining through the rain and the “silver lining behind the dark cloud”. These expressions capture the optimistic outlook of happiness, they symbolize hope of a bigger, better and brighter future even in the midst of what could be termed as the “darkest hour”. Happiness is the essence of life, the wind gently blowing flowers in the open field, the puppies frolicking in a pile of leaves, and is reflected in the merriment of men. It is exciting, playful, full of good cheer and lighthearted and signifies life. It brings the smiles to the faces of children one to ninety-nine. Happiness is a pleasurable surprise of an expected gift, a job well done and the success of oneself or a loved one.
Happiness is denoted by the way a person behaves. Usually when someone is happy it is obvious and they express this feeling outwardly, whether by their actions or verbally. The facial area is the main part through which happiness is shown. The expressions of the face such as a twinkle in the eyes when joyous, the ever-present laugh lines around the eyes, which constantly smile at you, makes the on-looker aware of a happy person. The mouth plays an important role in showing that a...