Learning Happiness

Can happiness be learned?

Yes, it can be.

Money, health, and happiness are three foundational desires that every human has.

• We can learn to earn money.

• We can learn to be healthy.

• And similarly, we can learn to be happy.

Happiness often comes when we are not actively looking for it. It is a byproduct of doing hard things, making incremental progress, and being selfless.

Another path to happiness goes through contentment and gratitude. 

We can be happy by developing a greater appreciation for the little things in life.

So even though we cannot directly learn happiness as a skill, we can create circumstances that promote happiness.

Even research backs it.

Studies in the field of neuroplasticity suggest that happiness can be learned.

There’s a popular saying in neuroscience that goes like this – “Neurons that fire together, wire together.” 

Did you know that every experience, thought, feeling, or physical sensation triggers thousands of neurons, which forms a neural network.

So the above-shared phrase means that when you repeat an experience over and over, the brain learns to trigger the same neurons each time.

In simple terms, the more you practice something, the better you get at it.

In this context, it means that practicing gratitude, kindness, and contentment over the long term can actually rewire our brains.

It can make us more optimistic and happy.


Thanks for reading. I am Shikhil Vyas, a technical content writer and blogger. If you liked reading it, you can support me by buying me a coffee.

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