Honestly, what is this thing called happiness? It is obviously linked to our survival. In our natural state we might be happy. Happiness seems to preside in the absence of pain. Pain is the warning of loss and too much pain brings about death. The pain signal shows the organism is in the proximity of a destructive force or object and to ignore the pain would bring about death.
It does not matter if it is a burn or a broken arm, the signals are the same. When a lot of pain is accumulated the organism will go unconscious. As pain accumulates death is impending.
Pain is stored in the mind as memories and unless discharged they accumulate. This accumulation of memory of pain brings about unhappiness. With the accumulated memory of pain the mind will bring about psychosomatic illnesses.Arthritis, dermatitis, rheumatism and a thousand others are psychosomatic illnesses brought about my the accumulation of painful memories. The body is capable of restoring itself, but when there is an excessive accumulation of pain in the memory of the organism, the organism will drive itself towards death.
A person who has lost his or her vitality is being dragged down also these painful memories. He or she can be brought back up the scale to being more alive, and being happier. It is the accumulated memories of pain that push down happiness. It is loss and defeat that brings about mental pain. With these discharged, a person will bounce back again to being happy. This is a law of life. It is just a matter of how much pain has been accumulated in life that determines where a person is on the scale.
One could even say that consciousness itself depends on being rid of these painful memories. It is not hard to do. Ione can get a book on subject and read it for a start.