A Harvard Business School study by Dunn, Aknin and Norton concludes that spending money on others actually makes us happier than spending it on ourselves. "Beyond the point at which people have enough to comfortably feed, clothe, and house themselves, having more money - even a lot more money - makes them only a little bit happier," points out the study.
Besides extrinsic pleasures related to sensual gratifications, living standards, comforts and accomplishments, happiness can also be attained through 'flow' or engagement in a challenging or self-satisfying activities; 'relationships' or social bonds that are equitable and mutually supportive; and 'meaning' or a perceived quest or belonging to something bigger, observes psychologist Martin Seligman.
Here is my ABC verse on happiness
A: Accomplishment of a predefined tangible goal
B: Bonding with a social group and feeling of being wanted and being recognized for contribution
C: Chasing of bigger aim of life of self-realization
D: Development and practice of human values, optimism and positive feelings
E: Engagement in personally meaningful, worthwhile, creative or challenging activity
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