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Happiness is a state of mind or feeling characterized by contentment, satisfaction, pleasure, or joy. A variety of philosophical, religious, psychological and biological approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources.
To psychological researchers, happiness is life experience marked by a preponderance of positive emotion. Feelings of happiness and thoughts of satisfaction with life  are two prime components of subjective well-being (SWB).
“You hope to free up people in their lives,” says Langer, “so they will take more chances and live more before they die.”