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DON’T WORRY

BE HAPPY!

Everyone wants to be happy, but what does ‘happiness’ really mean? The dictionary of

Polish language describes it as a success in different situations; feeling satisfaction and joy. W. Tatarkiewicz distinguishes happiness in four concepts, as: prosperity, joyful experience, eudaimonia or permanent satisfaction from life in general.

Human right to be happy is written in

ning on lottery, death of the relative etc.)

a number of historically important documents (eg.

Hadley Cantril conducted a large study covering 14

The US Constitution). Many people are seeking

countries worldwide, and showed that no matter

happiness, often without specifying what it really

from which part of the globe people come from,

means to them. Happiness might be seen as an

there are few indicators, which are taken into ac-

emotion, which last for short time and is connect-

count while setting up level of happiness, such as:

ed with short-term situations. On the other hand,

level of living, family concerns, personal or family

it is also the way of estimating life as a whole. This

health, someone’s job and personal character.

difference is really important while describing happiness.

Due to the data from CBOS, nowadays

37% of Polish people declare that they are fully happy. Is it a lot? In 1988 just 18% of Polish could declare that. 71% of people in our country say they feel satisfaction in life (20% of them say they feel BIG satisfaction), just 3% of us are disappointed with life. How is it possible? Prices are increas-

Many people are seeking happiness, often without specifying what it really means to them

ing, salaries are staying the same, retirement age has already changed (for worse). There are many

So, how to measure happiness? The scientists,

questions with no answers. Everyone probably has

economists, psychologists etc. distinguish many

ever wondered how is that possible that some peo-

indexes of estimating happiness. One of them is

ple who have everything (in our opinions) don’t

The World Happiness Report, which takes into ac-

feel happy, and those who have nothing are able

count six factors: real GDP per capita, healthy life

to enjoy life. Due to psychologists everybody has

expectancy, having someone to count on, per-

fixed set-point of satisfaction and happiness from

ceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from

life. Different situations may temporarily place the

corruption, and generosity. Due to the rank from

person above or below it (such as marriage, win-

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