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33 Examples of Negative Happiness

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Negative happiness is joy that is based on denial, delusion, excessive behavior or negativity. To be clear, happiness is usually a good thing where it is based on positive realities such as play, work, growth, social interaction, love and acceptance. However, negative happiness does exist. The following are common examples of states or behaviors that may generate happiness but have some negative side.
Addiction
Arrogance
Boasting
Brashness
Complacency
Compulsive Behavior
Conceit
Cruel Wit
Delusion
Denial
Gluttony
Greed
Groupthink
Hubris
Magical Thinking
Mediocrity
Motivated Reasoning
Obsession
Overconfidence
Overindulgence
Overspending
Pompousness
Recklessness
Schadenfreude
Selfishness
Sloth
Smugness
Snobbery
Thoughtlessness
Toxic Positivity
Unhealthy Competitiveness
Vanity
Wrath
Complacency is the process of ignoring problems and risks. This may make you happier in the short run but will cause problems over time.
Compulsive behavior is when you do something you emotionally feel like doing despite rational thoughts that are telling you it's not a good choice.
Cruel wit
is the use of intelligence and humor to put others down in an unkind and unsympathetic way.
Delusion is a belief that is detached from reality. For example, being happy because you imagine you are the best singer in the world despite no evidence to support this belief. Imagining great things about yourself could be a positive thing where you are also grounded in reality such that you realize you are entertaining yourself with imagination.
Denial is the process of ignoring negative emotions and negative information because they are inconvenient. For example, refusing to feel sad when you lose a loved one where sadness may be natural, justified and good.
Groupthink is a willingness to give up on that which you view as morally or rationally correct in order to belong to a group and to preserve group harmony.
Recklessness is risk taking that isn't calculated, managed or generally reasonable.
Smugness is often related to risk avoidance whereby you feel superior to others because they take chances in life where you sit back and mock the failures of others secure in your own inaction and complacency.
Toxic positivity
is the process of trying to be positive in a situation that calls for negativity. For example, a manager who fails to criticize an employee with dangerously poor performance but instead compliments them due to a pathological avoidance of negativity.
Unhealthy competitiveness is going too far to win such that you may damage others or yourself.
Schadenfreude is joy at the problems, failure and pain of others.
Overview: Negative Happiness
Type
Definition
Joy that is based on denial, delusion, excessive behavior or negativity.
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