Brief Explanation and Tip for Happiness

Happiness is a positive emotion and one most of us seek to experience more often, and is used to shape many of our less important daily choices as well as help us with our bigger lifelong choices. Ekman & Friesen (2003) distinguishes happiness into four main states: pleasure, excitement, relief, and the last one is your self-concept (Ekman & Friesen, 2003).

The images above show first a neutral face, then progressions of happiness from mild to extreme.

The images above show first a neutral face, then progressions of happiness from mild to extreme.

Genuine smiles – the universal sign of happiness – are expressed with a Duchenne smile. This is expressed on the face by the combined contraction of the zygomaticus major muscle (which is the voluntary part of a smile and is also engaged when saying “cheese” or clenching a pen in one’s teeth), and the orbicularis oculi – the cheek raiser (which raises the cheeks and creates or increases crows feet).

Tip: Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body (similar to that of morphine), acts as analgesics (which diminishes the perception of pain) and can act as sedatives. They are manufactured in your brain, spinal cord, and many other parts of your body and are released in response to brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. This is how exercise can make you feel happy.


About Stu Dunn

I have three major professional areas in my life: Team Dunn Real Estate (Harcourts Real Estate with my beautiful wife Bridget), SDL (Behavioural Science Consulting) and Qian Li Dao Academy NZ (Wing Chun Kung Fu). Stu & Bridget Dunn Real Estate: Providing awesome service and results through our approachable, professional and effective real estate services. SDL: SDL helps our clients to understand non-verbal communication and to avoid deception. We do this by providing online courses, training and specialist advice in areas of behaviour, emotional analysis and detecting deception. Both my wife Bridget and I are also FACS certified. I have also written an International Best Seller, True Lies; A Guide To Reading Faces, Interpreting Body Language & Detecting Deception In The Real World., & Qian Li Dao Academy NZ (Wing Chun Kung Fu): The Wing Chun System, known for its incredible speed, powerful straight punches & Chi Sao (contact reflex training), relies on angling & body mechanics rather than brute force.
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