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Defining Happiness
Defining Happiness
By Ciara Sullivan
 
As I mentioned in my previous post, I am currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling (midterms start this week…pray for me).  Although I am only in my second semester, I’ve already learned so much about the field, and more importantly, about life.  Throughout my training I am constantly asked to be aware of and “tuned into” other people’s emotions.  I’ve noticed that when I converse with people I now pay attention to everything…not just what someone is speaking about, but how they are speaking about it.  How does their voice differ on certain words?  How does their body language change in accordance to what they are telling me?  There is so much to study about a person’s behavior. 
As I move through my fieldwork, there is one thing in particular I’ve noticed everyone struggles with no matter their age, race, or socioeconomic status: being happy.  Merriam Webster defines the word “happy” in a simple way…
 
\ˈha-pē\ : feeling pleasure and enjoyment because of your life, situation, etc.
 
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the concept of happiness was as simple as the definition?  Imagine the world we would live in.  How different would it be if happiness was ... more

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