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Happiness is an elusive state ____ (1) we all pursue. Some ____ (2) even say that it is the meaning of life, to be happy. Philosophers, psychologists and even economists, have long sought to find the magic formula that would explain it, and since the 1990s, a whole branch of psychology better known as positive psychology has ____ (3) dedicated to researching it. More than simply a positive mood, happiness is a state ____ (4) well-being that means living a good life that is, with a sense of meaning and deep internal satisfaction that will leave us all feeling fulfilled.
Research shows that happiness is ____ (5) the result of going from one joy or achievement to the next; achieving happiness typically involves times of considerable discomfort, this helps us to realise ____ (6) we are happy or not. Money is important in happiness, but only to a certain point, much research suggests that from a certain point, money doesn´t make you happier. You just need to enough to avoid stress. Money buys freedom from worry about the basics in life—housing, food, clothing. Genetic makeup, life circumstances, achievements, marital status and social relationships all influence how happy we feel. Or can possibly become.
So do individual personalities or ways of thinking and expressing our feelings. Researchers estimate that much of happiness is under personal control. Regularly indulging ____ (7) small pleasures (such as the occasional cold beer!), being focussed on challenging yet achievable activities, setting and meeting objectives, maintaining close social ties with friends or family, and finding a purpose beyond ____ (8) are all actions that increase life satisfaction and overall happiness.