I think that most people are happy when they are doing things they love or are with people they love. For myself, I know I am my happiest when I’m playing volleyball or spending time with my family and friends. However, I am also happy when I’m doing other things or am experiencing other things. For instance, I am happy when it rains, I am happy when I’m laughing, I am happy when I’ve accomplished something I’ve been working toward for a while, I am happy when the people around me are happy. So what is happiness? I think it differs for each person because everyone has different interests and hobbies. What someone finds happiness from might be someone else’s least favorite thing.
Science has shown that there are common things that make many people happy: caring about other people, exercising, having pets, volunteering, and even not thinking too hard about being happy. In all of these cases, our brains release oxytocin which makes us happy. Our happiness plays along with out self esteem too. If we feel good about ourselves, we are more limey to find the positives in situations and are happier from it.
Another study talked about the ways we can reach happiness by our own standards: optimism, achievement, integrity, and humor. When we are doing things we know are right and that benefit not only ourselves but others, we are more likely to be happy because we know we are giving back. Those with humor have a sense of fun and are not afraid to laugh at themselves. If you are able to laugh at yourself, it shows you are secure in who you and shows a reduced sense of worry.