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by Dhanya Nair (subscribe)
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Published February 22nd 2013
It's good to be happy
The dictionary defines happiness as a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to euphoria. While philosophers, scientists and religious leaders have all tried to address this weighty issue time and again happiness still remains the biggest mystery. To many of us, it is a vague concept: everyone wants to be happy but we don't know where to start. If you are also sailing in the same boat then read on. These 10 facts will leave you happy. Promise.

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1.It takes seventeen muscles to smile and nearly forty-three to frown.

2.Only 10% of your happiness comes from external conditions.

3.Your body generates up to 50% more antibodies when you are happy.

4.The kingdom of Bhutan uses "gross national happiness" as an indicator of its progress.

5.The more parents hugs their children, the more likely they will turn into happy adults.

6.Happiness has a scent. Experiments on body odour have proved how scent changes between stress and happiness.

7.Dancing is the cheapest anti-depressant. It stimulates the hippocampus, the area in the brain that regulates moods.

8.According to a 2012 survey, Colombia is the happiest country in the world. In fact, Colombians are almost twice as happy as the global average.

9.The clitoris is the only organ in the body that has evolved purely for pleasure. It has 8,000 nerve fibers, almost double the penis, promising happiness.

10.Unhappy families don't make unhappy individuals. Your genes and family upbringing account for only half of your happiness levels.
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