Jochen Menges

What it means to be happy differs widely among people. Some of us, when we say we want to be happy, actually mean that we want to feel calm and relaxed. That’s what we would consider a state of happiness. Then there are others who would say, “I want to be excited and enthusiastic. And if I’m feeling that, then I am happy.” There may be others who need to feel inspired and awed in order to feel happy. Some people want to be valued and appreciated, and still others just want to have a safe, secure job. This is the foundation of what we’ve termed emotional diversity: the idea that we all differ in what makes us happy, and thus that any singular approach to happiness is doomed to fail. We believe to be happy means to feel the way that you wish to feel. And that will be different for different people.

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