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Profman
Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 12:21:06 AM
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A person cheats and swindles a poor person and rejoices at his success.
A person helps a poor person in earning his bread and is happy at his good deed.
What is happiness afterall?
Joseph Glantz
Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 8:06:08 AM
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Happiness is the enjoyment of others over self
early_apex
Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 8:07:49 AM
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Joseph Glantz wrote:
Happiness is the enjoyment of others over self


Happiness is enjoyment of your current situation.

Joy is finding happiness regardless of the situation.
Kat
Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 8:10:16 AM
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I think when and where happiness occurs, it is all too fleeting...
It's a state of mind with countless meanings.
Christine
Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 9:48:32 AM
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early_apex wrote:
Joseph Glantz wrote:
Happiness is the enjoyment of others over self


Happiness is enjoyment of your current situation.

Joy is finding happiness regardless of the situation.


I agree Applause
MiTziGo
Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:22:08 AM
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Profman wrote:
A person cheats and swindles a poor person and rejoices at his success.
A person helps a poor person in earning his bread and is happy at his good deed.
What is happiness afterall?

I don't think this presents a problem at all because the difference here is not the emotion they are experiencing but the situation that prompts the emotion. Happiness is a sense of elation and joy and satisfaction, but what stimulates this feeling differs for different people. So I think the correct question would be: What brings happiness?
rluna
Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 12:42:11 PM
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Why is happiness hard to maintain? Brick wall
Christine
Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 12:43:56 PM
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My children, my art, help other peoples, perfect day (weather), love, friends, hugs, music, etc. My late husband gave me happiness.
early_apex
Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 7:19:00 PM
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rluna wrote:
Why is happiness hard to maintain? Brick wall


The answer that comes immediately to mind is that life is difficult. Even if you are blessed with good health, nurturing relationships, and the wherewithal to live comfortably, fairly remote circumstances like a jumbo jet going down in the ocean gives one pause, if only to grieve for the loss of humanity. A great deal of money is spent in efforts to avoid the awareness of sadness in life.
early_apex
Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 7:21:24 PM
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Christine wrote:
early_apex wrote:


Happiness is enjoyment of your current situation.

Joy is finding happiness regardless of the situation.


I agree Applause


Thank you. And I am sorry for your loss.
Luftmarque
Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 9:18:02 AM

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Although the pursuit of it is taken to be a right in the US's Declaration of Independence, it doesn't usually result from direct effort—in my experience it is always a side-effect of some other worthy activity or chain of thought.
fred
Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 9:55:23 AM
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There may be instances where finding enjoyment in your current situation is not what you want.

A little girl on the playground may be bullied by the older girls because she has a large mole on her face. Maybe Buddhists might teach one to enloy this, I don't know.
Luftmarque
Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 10:02:24 AM

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rluna wrote:
Why is happiness hard to maintain? Brick wall

Probably because of the way the brain works—it quickly adapts to changed circumstances and re-equilibrates to its "normal" level of contentment regardless of the absolute quantity of "good" things vs. undesirables in one's life. It's all about the neuro-chemistry IMHO.
noor_h_suyudi
Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 12:08:30 PM
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Happiness is something condision/circumtance where we feel joyful in our deep heart to live our life.
fred
Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 1:28:37 PM
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"If'n you deezyre to harvest that there happiness, don't harvest that there happiness."

Festus
fred
Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 2:59:52 PM
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It just came to me: Insecurity makes people seek personal happiness.
Rhondish
Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 3:50:56 PM
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Profman wrote:
A person cheats and swindles a poor person and rejoices at his success.
A person helps a poor person in earning his bread and is happy at his good deed.
What is happiness afterall?


I think too many people think success and happiness are synonymous.
kaliedel
Posted: Thursday, June 4, 2009 12:13:13 AM
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Rhondish wrote:

I think too many people think success and happiness are synonymous.


Guilty as charged, though I realize it's not. It sure explains a lot about society, don't it?
Miekol
Posted: Thursday, June 4, 2009 3:31:42 AM
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Hapi-nes is fleeting, kontent-ment is enjoo-ring :-)
Miekol
Posted: Thursday, June 4, 2009 3:36:52 AM
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Kat wrote:
I think when and where happiness occurs, it is all too fleeting...
It's a state of mind with countless meanings.


Yep :-)
Miekol
Posted: Thursday, June 4, 2009 3:39:35 AM
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Kat wrote:
I think when and where happiness occurs, it is all too fleeting...
It's a state of mind with countless meanings.


Yep, i agree. Your response made me happy :-) miykal@hotmail.com

Miekol
Posted: Thursday, June 4, 2009 3:46:45 AM
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Hapi-nes koms from within won-self, and is fleeting.
Kontent-ment is enjoor-ing and has too bee strievd for :-)
It is not eezee too atayn :-)
quintus
Posted: Thursday, June 4, 2009 4:59:33 AM
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Happiness comes from many activities and sometimes from looking back at what has happened. Thus it is not important not to define happiness but to live the life with passion
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