Defining happiness not by opposing it with sadness

[Boxtel, 2016] I recently discussed with a friend (@wiradinatairvan) about how to define /adj. happy/ n. happiness in cross-cultural perspectives. He (re)discovered that being happy is when your expectation is lower than the reality. And I also reserved some conditions where and when happiness applies. Then I reflect upon one of the Disney’s latest cartoon movies, titled Inside Out. In my previous faculty, we don’t watch movie for the sake of leisure-wise activity, our mind is entrained to analyze the running of a movie in four basic elements: mise-en-scène, cinematography, sound, and editing. And blame on this, when I watch a movie, I tend to fall deep into its subtle details and sometimes hardly enjoy a movie as it is. Brief, through this Disney’s movie, we learn that “cheerfulness” isn’t equal with “happiness” and that “sadness” becomes the root of “happiness”, meanwhile “happiness” doesn’t necessarily cure “sadness”, and that human beings need to be sad in order to acquire and feel other emotions. Therefore, it might be interesting to see how culture, common societal behavior and expectation, history, economic developments and the dynamics of socio-cultural inter-relation provide colloquial definition of happiness in a certain place/society. Dare to write a (scientific-research based) book on it? 😉


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