Intended for healthcare professionals


Happiness, social networks, and health

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 05 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2781

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:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

10 December 2008
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA