6 of the biggest misconceptions about happiness, according to science

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Some people see happiness as the feeling in a small moment - a chat between old friends, a warm meal. Some see it as deeply profound, a kind of enlightenment.

Scientists tend to view it another way, namely, as an ongoing state of being that ebbs and flows - but can be controlled based on how people live their lives.

Some of the biggest findings about the science of happiness contradict many people's understandings of how to find joy.
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Here are just a handful of those misconceptions.