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Updated 08/22/2017
      1.   the quality or state of being happy.
      2.   good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.

    10 Habits of Incredibly Happy People  | Forbes.com, Dr. Travis Bradberry                                           02/14/2017
    We’re always chasing something—be it a promotion, a new car, or a significant other.
    This leads to the belief that, “When (blank) happens, I’ll finally be happy.”
    While these major events do make us happy at first, research shows this happiness
    doesn’t last. A study from Northwestern University measured the happiness levels of
    regular people against those who had won large lottery prizes the year prior. The
    researchers were surprised to discover that the happiness ratings of both groups
    were practically identical.

    13 Things Science Says Will Make You Much Happier  |  LinkedIn, Dr. Travis Bradberry       06/21/2017
    It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with happiness. After all, the “pursuit of happiness”
    is even enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. But happiness is fleeting. How
    can we find it and keep it alive?
    Psychologists at the University of California have discovered some fascinating things
    about happiness that could change your life.

    Happiness  |  Psychology Today, Hedonic Treadmill
    Ah, happiness, that elusive state. Philosophers, theologians, psychologists, even
   economists, have long sought to define it, and since the 1990s, a whole branch of
   psychology—positive psychology—has been dedicated to pinning it down and
   propagating it. More than simply positive mood, happiness is a state of well-being
   that encompasses living a good life—that is, with a sense of meaning and deep

   How To Buy Happiness (10:58)                                                                                                                            11/00/2011
At TEDxCambridge, Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can
   indeed buy happiness — when you don't spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising
   data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of
   course) other people.

   “Incremental Improvements We Make Become Dramatic and Powerful over Time.”
    |  Linkedin, Gretchen Rubin                                                                                                                                                      05/12/2017
   As someone who values self-knowledge, I was intrigued by Tasha Eurich’s new book,
   Insight, about self-awareness. Her research shows that we are remarkably poor judges
   of ourselves and how we’re perceived by others, and it’s rare to get candid, objective
   feedback from colleagues, employees, and even friends and family.

   You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don’t know what
   they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.
   Actually, don’t trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your
   head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.
   UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward
   spiral of happiness in your life.
Here’s what you and I can learn from the people who
   really have answers:

    When you first wake up, what pops into your mind?  Do you start thinking about
   all the work you have to do? The emails you have to reply to, the pile of paperwork
   on your desk that has to be completed, or maybe it's the housework that still needs
   to get done?
   Do you think about the things that make you happy? The kiss your little boy or girl
   is going to give you before heading out to school, the hug your partner will greet
   you with when you come home, or the fact that, even though you may not have
   everything you want, you're doing just fine?