Intended for healthcare professionals

Feature Interview

What’s the point of happiness research?

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1767 (Published 12 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1767

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

12 April 2017
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA