Headline October 15, 2019/ '' 'STUDENTS -POST-HAPPINESS- SUPREMES' ''




Students : Merium, Rabo, Haleema, Dee, Zilli, Juniper, Saima, Lakshmi, Sarah, Zainab, Dantini,  Aqsa, Seher, Armeen? Sherbano, Nina, Emaan? And the Students of the entire world?

''AWE and laughter have been undermined. We don't have the means to physically gather like we used to.''

Students : Hussain, Shahzaib, Vishnu, Bilal, Jordan, Salar, Ali, Anique, Hamza, Zaeem, Danyial,  Reza, Haider, Ghazi, Hazeem, Rahym,?

And Little Angels : Maynah, Maria, Harem, Hanyia, Merium, Eden?

Dr. Michelle Shiota, an associate professor of social psychology at Arizona State University, tried an experiment last January, ''I started to do a diary of  'a moment of joy' per day,'' Said Dr. Shiota, who goes by Lani. ''I lasted until mid-February. Then I was toast.''

JOY, it seems, is everywhere these days. It is used to sell boxes at Ikea. It is included in ads for drinks at McDonald's and as a prescriptive for female hygiene, There are T-shirts that tout joy as ''an act of resistance.''

There is the ''Chasing Joy'' podcast. And a number of books are being published  this year devoted to  joyful living, including marriage, productivity, even how to live more like Huge Jackman.

But if joy is everywhere, why does happiness feel so elusive? Haven't we learnt anything since 2014 when Marie Kondo taught us that cleaning our closet was a path to bliss?

Well, so much has changed since then. Politics in the era of President Trump has divided Americans into two camps : angry and angrier, Our world is threatened by climate change. And the booming United States economy is showing signs of fatigue.

It is no wonder that people are calculating well-being in mere moments. ''In an age of despair, choosing joy is a revolutionary act,'' said Douglas Abrams, an author of ''The Book of Joy : Lasting Happiness in a changing World,'' a 2016 best seller he wrote with Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.

Joy is more attainable., he said. ''Happiness seems like it is outside of us, in some perfect moment.''

So, are we living in a post-happiness world? According to the World Happiness report, which ranks  156 countries based on inhabitants perceptions' perception and well being, happiness in the United States is declining.

Americans said they were less content in 2018 than a year earlier, ranking No 19 behind Australia and Canada.

The 24-hour news cycle, combined with the onslaught of natural disasters, social upheaval and political strife, has left Americans exhausted. Worse, the agitation shows no sign of abating; psychologists suggest anxiety is on the rise.

To explore this question, I called Ingrid Fetell Lee, the author of ''Joyful The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness.''

Many people people do not know what happiness is, she said, and finds the definition hard to pin down.

Indeed, happiness does have a certain subjectivity to it. Experts, though. describe it as a positive state of overall well-being combined with a sense of that one's life has a meaning.

Joy, by contrast, is delight in moments that, by their nature, are fleeting. ''I don't need to be happy to feel joy,'' Ms. Fetell Lee said. Joy can be inspired by something as simple as tossing confetti or taking a walk outdoors.

She added, ''I don't have to worry about making everything awesome in my life.

Michelle Shiota, an associate professor of social psychology at Arizona State University, tried an experiment last January. ''I started to do a diary of 'a moment of joy' per day.,'' said Dr. Shiota, who goes by Lani. ''I lasted until mid-February. Then I was roast.''

Tabulating a daily moment was overwhelming. And joy can be found in quiet,'' she said.

''It shouldn't always mean high arousal.''

The Honor and Serving of the latest Global Operational Research on Joy and Happiness and Students, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Laura M. Holson.

With respectful dedication to Grandparents, Parents, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world.

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