Intended for healthcare professionals

Feature Data Briefing

Wellbeing and being well

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 20 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3951

Prescription for Happiness

There are two kinds of happiness: real, inner happiness; and false, superficial happiness. Real, inner happiness is the spontaneous contentment that comes from good health, creative work, and loving relationships. False, superficial happiness is the contrived fun that comes from addictions, possessions, and power. It's important to distinguish between the two kinds of happiness, and to not settle for false happiness.

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 July 2016
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA