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Secret to Happiness Not So Simple, Scientists Say

Psychiatrist Charles Raison says he has it easy. “One of the fun things about studying depression and happiness and what it means to lead a fulfilling, satisfied human life is that everybody’s interested in it,” he said.

As a University of Arizona researcher, Raison has spent years trying to understand what happiness is, and how we can all enjoy a little more of it.

He and his colleagues are learning that the answers aren’t so simple. Even defining happiness can be tricky, he said.

“It doesn’t appear to be a unitary concept—it’s not just one thing,” Raison said. “It has dimensions.”

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