To the human race, Happiness is surely the most coveted of emotions, yet the science behind it is almost as elusive as how to attain and maintain it. An attempt to understand the basis of happiness and its components, in addition to other positive experiences, including mirth and laughter, is a formidable task. Happiness is a separate entity and is not the absence or the opposite of sadness. It deserves its own field of study. It is impermeable to money and transient pleasurable overshoots. This paper is an open invitation to explore the domain of Happiness, review its neuroanatomical and psychosocial constructs and live in its blissful unawareness.
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This paper is written in fond memories of conversations with Dr. Joseph H. Saleh on winding roads, nature walks, and The Fading Poetry of Old Lebanese Houses. Thank you. The authors would also like to acknowledge Dr. Barry Fogel for his precious time and comments while reviewing the article.
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Chemali, Z.N., Chahine, L.M. & Naassan, G. On Happiness: A Minimalist Perspective on a Complex Neural Circuitry and its Psychosocial Constructs. J Happiness Stud 9, 489–501 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-007-9085-y