Given the state of the world today, it’s tempting to keep our journey focused on the enormous problems and challenges that confront us. But we equally believed that it’s important to balance the serious with things on the lighter side. Additionally, today happiness is considered a science, with a great deal of research toward understanding deeper issues. Our exploration of Happiness will take us both places.

How Wikipedia around the World defines Happiness (add your language)

English: Happiness is a state of mind or feeling such as contentment, satisfaction, pleasure, or joy.

Spanish: Happiness is a positive and pleasing state of mind for the person who possesses it, possibly a result of neural activity in which internal and external factors interact to stimulate the limbic system.

Chinese (幸福): Happiness may have the following meanings:
- Happiness, a psychological state, provoked by the satisfaction of spiritual and material needs
- marital happiness
- No shame, loneliness, childlessness
- Fortune Estate (Hongkong)
- Happiness Online, Online role play
- Music album

German: Happiness as the fulfillment of human wishes and aspirations is a very broad notion which includes the momentaneous feeling of happiness as well as the persistent beatitude, but which also can be an external event, as a happy coincidence or a reversal of fortune leading to a happy life.

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