Happiness as emotion

Background of happiness

Happiness is one of the most liked emotions from all. Often is presented not only by feeling pleasure, but after stopping of negative emotions and feelings (pain or fear). There are four routers of happiness emotion: pleasure-happiness, excitement-happiness, relief-happiness and happiness involving self-concept

Not all the peoples feel happiness at same way, this developing in childhood. Some persons who had not receive the commendation in childhood have difficult to feel happiness. Some peoples feel happiness by hurting (masohist) or by other emotions that are not pleasurable for the majority of the peoples. The opposite sensation of happiness is the pain.

We often show happy facial expressions if we don’t feel us happy. The reason for this is to show the other person that we are not dangerous for him and to use the reflection of positive emotions by conversation. The intensity of happiness is showed by lips and naso-labial fold.

Appearance of this facial expression

The perception of happy facial expression is showed on the picture:


Sometimes is hard to see is the smile genuine or not. We often show a smile face, if we don’t feel happiness, but the emotional mirroring and empathy is positive signs, so we don’t need to worry about it. If a smile is genuine, the used muscle will be the Zygomaticus major. The intensity of happiness is presented on the lips.

Happiness can be used together with some other facial expressions as blend. Almost is this the surprise, for example, if You see one friend that You have miss long time.

suprise happy

Happiness blends with contempt, producing a smug, scornful or superior expression. This emotion is presented if the person compare his own attitude with others, and believe that is he superior. Often is this facial expression to presented by persons who believe to be able hiding some important information from police or higher authority persons.


Blend with anger is presented if the person feel anger, but wish to present him self as not dangerous. This is rare to see in childhood but in adolescent years. The person try to control himself and prevent his own aggression to escalate or recognize by others. Is not often presented by good manipulators, because they try so inhibit the emotion of anger, not the expression.

slit grin happiness

Fear can be to presented in happy face. This is not a blend, but often present comment or mask from fear. persons use this to show he is OK, he don’t feels bad. Nice example of this can be see by dentist. Brows are the most usual part of face for identification of this facial expressions. In normal happy face, the brows are relaxed and the eyes are normal tensed or slight closed. By fear the brows rise high and the eyes are more opened.

happiness fear

Perception of happiness in facial expression is almost light and we all known how it looks. The most important is to see the other blends and the intensity on the face. Never forget that not all the peoples feel happiness on same way. The experiences in childhood play an important role in mental health of adults.

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