Wednesday, 18 June 2014

changming yuan: towards happiness -19

people have all kinds of character traits, which they have developed as a natural result of genetic, environmental and educational factors working together. it is true that certain people with certain personal qualities may tend to feel happier than others; for instance, we often find that individuals with an extrovert personality, especially those who are outgoing, sociable, optimistic and open-minded, seem to be happy by nature. some people may even have been born with more endorphins than others. however, there are also many people who may feel happy although they have an introvert personality - they may simply enjoy being alone most of or even all the time.

personality is a major internal happifier, as it may contribute significantly to the way an individual feels naturally or intrinsically happy, but those who are happy 'by nature' may not necessarily be happy in actuality. while everyone may be as happy 'by nature' as a well-looked-after baby, what determines the extent to which a person is happy is none other than the way the person controls his or her own feeling.

despite one's personality traits, one may suffer from a temporal or a chronic low 'mood' (emotional state) for one reason or another. according to some scholars, a person is in low spirits for as long as 70% of his or her whole lifetime. depending on how a person can manipulate his own mood, the person can emotionally manage to remain happy. this ability to manage one's own feeling may prove to be not so much part of one's personality as something that has to do with one's thought pattern.


1. whether one is happy by nature may be determined by one's personality, but how happy one is in actuality is determined by one's ability to manage one's own feeling. 

2. technically as well as theoretically, to be happy means to be able to control one's own mood to one's psychological advantage. 

3. what is the dynamic interrelationship between personality and endorphins? do certain personality traits produce more endorphins in the body, or otherwise?

4. are the endorphins purely physiological products, or can they be endorsed through psychological effort?

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