Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D. is author of Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life. Here is an excerpt from her ShrinkRapRadio.com podcast interview:
Happiness has quite a specific meaning. It doesn’t necessarily mean “pleased.” We often, I think, equate “pleased” with “happy.” Things are going my way. I feel pleased, that’s good, I’m happy.
This is the kind of happiness that means the mind and the heart engaged in a warm way with one’s self, with other people, with people we know, with people we don’t know… with the whole world, actually. And I would really – I do, in fact – define happiness as the ability to engage in warm relationships.