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Owning Happiness From the Inside Out

Anne Koller

Happiness is the IN thing. Books are being written about it, Pharrell is singing about it, countries are tracking it, everyone wants it. But how do we use March 20th, International Day of Happiness to go beyond happiness as an inventory of fleeting moments and define a deep inner happiness for ourselves? A place we come from and return to over and again no matter the circumstance, societal pressure or highs and lows of life.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Love this research: "According to an article in FastCoexist referencing Body Atlas, research produced from research by Finnish scientists, happiness is the only emotion felt throughout our entire body. Other emotions are concentrated in the head, chest and stomach, but happiness is felt from head to toe. Could deep inner happiness perhaps be a celebration of the full spectrum of emotions? Could being happy also encompass some sadness, fear and anger?"

    For those with clinical depression or mental health issues, it's hard to experience a full-body happiness. Your point about how happy people confront negative emotions head on (with therapy or reflection) is key for someone with depression- but I wish that therapy was available to/affordable for everyone. Glad that at Tapin, you provide a space for reflection.