Emotion of Happiness

The Theory of Balanceology designates happiness as one of the five core emotions;  the other four being anger, fear, sadness, and jealousy.  Happiness is a positive emotion emanating from the Mammalian Brain. Happiness is a spontaneous Limbic somatic pleasurable response involving the neurotransmitter dopamine. Happiness is one indication that a particular need(s) of ours is in alignment, or being satisfied for at least that moment in time. Happiness is something we all strive for, or having certain moments of happiness.  In an earlier post, when I addressed enjoyment, I stated that  there are certain individuals whose entire life is centered on happiness from bodily pleasure. Happiness grows and deepens as a person satisfies more needs, and becomes more balanced. As happiness becomes more pronounced it overlaps with contentment (later post).  However, like all emotions happiness comes and goes, and it would be unwise to expect to have a continuous happy life. Happiness is a healthy emotion to have for overall mind-body functioning.


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