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  • Evolved Communicative Function: Absence of threat. (Wikipedia, accessed 27 October 2017)
  • Facial Cues: The corners of the mouth go up in a smile. The teeth may or may not show. A line (wrinkle) goes from the nose past the corners of the mouth. The cheeks go up and out. There are wrinkles below the eyes. There are wrinkles at the corners of the eyes. (Ekman & Friesen - see Second Step, p.102, Committee for Children 2002, accessed 16 July 2020)
  • Question to self: If I am happy, surely then I must work for everyone's happiness?
  • Similar emotions: Contentment, Delight, Ecstasy, Joy.
  • Opposite emotions: Depression, Discontent, Restlessness, Sadness, Hell.
Happy woman lying in flowers
  • Bach Flower Remedies: Hornbeam [weighed down by daily life, need to re-orient lifestyle], Holly [ability to feel happy for others], Mustard [gloom/mania transformed into quiet stable joy].
  • California Flower Essences: California Wild Rose [zest for life], Zinnia [playfulness, humour, spontaneity].

Among the main biological changes in happiness is an increased activity in a brain center that inhibits negative feelings and fosters an increase in available energy, and a quieting of those that generate worrisome thought. But there is no particular shift in physiology save a quiescence, which makes the body recover more quickly from the biological arousal of upsetting emotions. This configuration offers the body a general rest, as well as readiness and enthusiasm for whatever task is at hand and for striving toward a great variety of goals. (Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence, pp.6-7)

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