Do You Know Where Does Happiness Come From: Nature or Nurture?

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In our busy world, we are always working to make our life beautiful and we are looking for happiness everywhere. We are in dilemma as we need to balance between our life and work. Happiness becomes only a ray of hope in our busy life. We do many things in our life just to be happy. But are we actually happy or is it so easy to become happy? We all are trying to answer only one question- how perfectly happy we are? Researchers explain happiness from the perception of two schools of thought; biology or behavior. Some of us consider happiness as those selections we make in our lives. On the other hand, some consider happiness as the byproduct of our brain’s function.

A researcher has recently said in this matter. Kelly Goldsmith, Assistant professor of Kellogg School of Management has presented some evidence that support the first theory. Kelly made a team with including her fellow researchers and they concluded some participants to their research. Those people were asked three questions that were the measurer of their happiness levels. They discovered that the participants who were asked questions each day, they did their best and they were happy at the end of the day. On the other hand, the control group which was asked to report on their happiness degree was less happy than the other group.

Goldsmith thinks from her research that activating someone’s sense of agency and control is very significant to measure the actual level of happiness of that person. Putting some questions is helpful for average people to identify their sources of happiness. Purpose is only a part of the answer as biology has a crucial role in happiness.

Dr. Wataru Sato of Kyoto University has recently done another study where he shows that happiness resides in our brain. The brain has an area called precuneus which is responsible for consciousness and self-expression. MRI scans show that a greater portion of happiness comes from precuneus. Does this study prove happiness is all about brain’s function?

The answer is that happiness is not all about brain, but it relates both brain and perception. Dr. Wataru’s study mentioned that some physiological practices like meditation can change the precuneus. By changing our habits and forms we can find happiness as those regulates our sense of intention and happiness. So nature and nurture are interconnected and both play the same roles on the matter of happiness.

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