Enrich Your Life with
Sources of Happiness
Find out how many sources of happiness you have.
1. A job you love.
2. Gratitude list: Every night, list five things that you are grateful
for in life. (i.e. I am grateful for hearing my favorite song on
the radio today.) This item can be a very high number such as 85
3. Fitness and exercise
4. Friendship: Having supportive friends.
un: Anything that you consider fun that is not unhealthy.
Having a good relationship with your family.
7. Belonging to a group:
This can include school, church, religion,
family, culture or neighborhood.
8. Health maintenance
9. Accidental happiness:
The happiness derived from an
unforeseen positive event. An example of accidental happiness is
finding money, winning the lottery
or figuring out the answer by
chance while playing a game. Accidental happiness is happiness
through being fortunate.
10. Cerebral happiness:
The happiness derived from games. It
includes explicitly playing games that involve the use of
cognition. It varies from the most trivial card games and puzzles
to the most profound games, i.e., scientific research. Cerebral
happiness is happiness through being an intellectual.
11. Chemical happiness:
This refers to prescribed medication if the
person is suffering from depression.
12. Comic happiness:
This happiness is related to humor. It
includes confronting one's fears in a completely secure context.
An example of comic happiness is listening to a comedian. Comic
happiness is happiness through being a laugher.
13. Competitive Happiness: The happiness that comes from
winning. Competitive happiness usually happens when others
lose, and a huge effort has been made to achieve winning.
14. Cooperative happiness: This kind of happiness is derived from
helping others, either by small cooperative gestures, by doing
"good works" or helping other species. Cooperative happiness is
happiness through being a helper. Helping themselves by
helping others and cooperating with them. i.e., volunteering.
15. Dangerous happiness:
The happiness derived from deliberate
responsibly and voluntary risk-taking, such as the excitement of
going to an amusement park. Dangerous happiness is happiness
through being a risk-taker. i.e., having a lifestyle change, making
new friends, starting a new project, or a business.
16. Devout happiness:
This is happiness coming from having deep
17. Fantasy happiness:
The happiness obtained when suspending
one’s sense of reality long enough to enjoy fiction of some sort.
Examples of fantasy happiness are daydreaming, storytelling,
listening to storytelling, enjoying fictional writing and theatre,
watching soap operas, cartoons, or film
18. Genetic happiness:
This kind of joy comes from reproducing
and being part of a reproductive family.
19. Selective happiness:
This is happiness, depending on ignoring
the difficulties of life all around yourself. An example of selective
happiness is choosing to go out, socialize, and have fun, instead
of staying home and alone. Selective happiness is happiness
through being selective in choosing an activity.
20. Sensual happiness:
This is a kind of happiness that comes
from enjoyable kinesthetic experiences. It is derived from sexual
activity, food intake, and perfume's smell, to name a few.
21. Rhythmic happiness:
This is happiness that comes from being
in sync with the beat. That includes exercising, dancing,
synchronized swimming, marching, and ceremonies.
22. Target happiness:
The happiness of anticipating new projects,
or challenges. An example of target happiness is
going to a program anticipating having a good time or good
This kind of happiness is achieved
from detaching self from cares of the world. i.e., quiet time,
pedicure, massage, and more.
Think of the people whom you want to forgive.
Forgiveness is known to help elevate mood.
Make a list of the strengths you like to focus on in
This is happiness that is achieved
through appropriately mourning for a loss. The loss could be
loss of time for self-care, romance and overall lifestyle.
Negative happiness is derived from momentarily overcoming
adverse incidences in life.
27. Spending money on others.
This can include having small projects or
thinking of happy parenting or self-care as your ongoing project.
29. Playing games:
This can include having friends over for game
nights or playing games with your children. And if you don’t
have children, you can think of the games you would like to play
with your children, when you have them.
This includes doing good for someone. For example:
parents, neighbors, school, and more.
31. Meaning of life:
Think of the things that enrich your life. For
example: Does taking responsibility makes you feel more
responsible or important person within your family, in your
children’s lives or surrounding people, also enjoying the little
things in life.
For more on happiness you can read:
by Martin Seligman.
The Nature of Happiness
by Desmond Morris.
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