Is scientific proof required to be happy?

Today I saw an interest group which talks about how to be happy at work, and benefits of being happy at work etc.

I am shocked and amazed at how happiness has become a distant thing. And how it is one more thing we need to be working towards.

Is happiness not something that is present in us? Of course, it is upto us to choose to be happy in the present moment. But, normally we choose to be not happy now. Because we want to link our happiness to something we want to achieve. This way, we think we will work more diligently towards our goal. What we forget is by choosing to be happy now, we become more focused, more productive. Thereby reaching our goal sooner. Isn’t that exciting?

Why dont we choose to be happy now(despite any goals that are outstanding) ? If there are so many benefits to being happy…