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Would faking being happy trigger the chemical mechanisms for happiness?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
No: In fact, it is likely to have an anxiety provoking effect. If you feel the need to fake happiness, then you should see a psychologist and explore why happiness naturally eludes you. Happiness may be less important than meaning and purpose in life. Some say that happiness is getting and meaning and purpose is giving. Don't chase happiness but do look for satisfaction in life.

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