Scientific evidence that happiness is a skill

I believe that happiness, like many other states of our mind, is a skill we acquire, and apply to living, and hopefully, living well. While it is true that many of our emotions derive from inherited capacities, humans are the first animals to learn how to ignore our feelings to reach a goal. We like to think that we are also the first species to use external stimulus to change how we feel.

I have in the past, approached this subject from a purely philosophical and mental perspective, drawing upon my own experience. I have seen first hand how the…