TOPIC. Although happiness is important in maintaining health, few studies of happiness can be found in the nursing literature.
PURPOSE. This paper explicates the concept of happiness through examination of its defining attributes, antecedents, consequences, and measurement.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION. Literature review using hand search, and databases were used as sources of information.
CONCLUSION. The information provided can be used in clinical practice so that nursing strategies can be developed and tested to help people to become happy and healthy.