What is happiness?

2 years, 5 months ago

Hi guys,

I created my account a while ago but then forgot all about it. Then one day, as I read my journal, I found my handwritten note, and heavy underline “HIGH EXISTENCE” and it brought me back to this site. I thought I would with you all a life long question of mine.

What is happiness? What does happiness mean to you?

What words/feelings/images that you first thought about when you heard the word Happiness?

September 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm

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Profile photo of ZionBorn ZionBorn (@irievibes) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

Happiness is the unifying consciousness. It is unconditional love, and it’s available to everyone in the world.

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Profile photo of Dom Dom (@dominickjohn) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

I feel like that’s the tagline of becoming human. We just need that guy who does the movie trailers…

Are you looking to discover yourself in ways never known possible!?
HUMAN.
The ride.
“Are you in control of your own happiness?”

DundundundunCHA!

Rated R
… sometimes X

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Profile photo of Dom Dom (@dominickjohn) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

(anyway, to Actually answer the question…)

Happiness to me is a state of being that can be chosen at any time.

A laugh is what came to my mind. :)

why the hell does this all rhyme >_<

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Profile photo of ariel ariel (@arielnguyen) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@dominickjohn, LOL I’m thinking Morgan Freeman

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Profile photo of ariel ariel (@arielnguyen) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@dominickjohn, So you meant you can always choose to be happy? A laugh can be a fleeting moment, do you think of happiness as a short term thing?

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Profile photo of ariel ariel (@arielnguyen) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@irievibes, Very well stated. So do you think we all we get along better/ and coexist better if we’re all happy then?

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Profile photo of Zykanthos Zykanthos M (@chodebalm) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

Happiness is a way of life.

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Profile photo of Daniel Daniel (@qwuakeup) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

Can’t put it any better than mr eckhart.

“Don’t seek happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness. Happiness is ever elusive, but freedom from unhappiness is attainable now, by facing what is rather than making up stories about it.”

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Profile photo of Living Stone Living Stone (@cloudstuck) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

Happiness if the joy of being.

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Profile photo of Dom Dom (@dominickjohn) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@arielnguyen, We can always choose happiness, or any emotion for that matter. Becoming aware that we have a choice is the game of life.

External conditions aren’t what create emotions, it’s us. You can feel something based off a complete lie. Realizing we don’t require external proof to feel a certain way is what frees us to create anything we want. Including happiness!

Emotions are one of the most powerful tools a human being is given to shape their experience, we’ve just forgotten how to use the damn things!

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Profile photo of ariel ariel (@arielnguyen) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@dominickjohn, So you meant we can make us happy by manipulating our emotions?

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Profile photo of Ray Butler Ray Butler M (@trek79) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@arielnguyen, To me, instead of defining happiness I define sadness and see happiness as the polar opposite. To me sadness is all the irresponsibilities of humanity.

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Profile photo of Dom Dom (@dominickjohn) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@arielnguyen, Short answer: yes.

But when you realize/remember you can feel happy for no reason, it’s actually the least manipulative thing ever. The world stops being a means to an end, it becomes a playground to share your own happiness. You don’t need people to be a certain way, you don’t need to have certain things.

Feelings don’t always have to be just a reactive thing. Reactive feelings are there to uncover your beliefs, proactive feelings are to create new ones :)

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Profile photo of Ineffable Ineffable (@ineffable) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@dominickjohn, I did not see hapiness like this before, but what you said(everything you said) has changed my view. It is so true. I find myself letting my emotions take control of me, but you are right my emotions are mine to choose. I will remember your words for a long time to come.

“Hapiness to me is a state of being that can be chosen at any time.”

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Profile photo of zowie zowie (@zowie) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

whatever you want happiness to be. it doesnt matter.

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Profile photo of Daniel Daniel (@qwuakeup) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

It’s also important to remember that Happiness is 100 % absolutely personal.

Happiness can’t be defined that easily because what leads to it is your perception.

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Profile photo of Yuksel Sarac Yuksel Sarac (@yukselsarac) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

To want to be happy is to be selfish because I think the only thing that we have to do should be living without making mistake. However, there are so many people that most of them want to live with happiness. As things which is wrong bring them happiness, they would rather do wrong things than others. That’s a weakness of human beings. Indeed, this is a necessity for them because they are being tested with these right and wrong choices. Yet, we can get happiness by knowing that what is right and what is wrong. Shortly, I think the way of happiness is to live without making mistake..

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Profile photo of Kaysea Kaysea (@kedukc) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

i think happiness is tangible when you’re in control of how your time is spent.

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Profile photo of Dan Dan (@danfontaine) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

I think you guys are confusing happiness with all-encompassing love. Happiness is a chemical cocktail that the ego tends to get addicted to. Attachment to happiness causes sadness to manifest. Do not seek happiness, you will quickly become very bad at acquiring it.

You didn’t hear this from me but the best way to achieve happiness is to put it out of your mind.

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Profile photo of Kaysea Kaysea (@kedukc) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@danfontaine, from what you say, i guess the opposite of my post applies too.

Happiness is when you utterly lose control of affairs lol.

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Profile photo of Dan Dan (@danfontaine) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@kedukc, You mean like ignorance as bliss? That’s something different imo. A shortcut to a present state of mind (all-encompassing love). The feeling amplifies if you have control over your affairs however (playing God).

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Profile photo of ariel ariel (@arielnguyen) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@yukselsarac, I have to disagree. Making mistakes is an integral part of acquiring happiness. The life aiming for making no mistakes is not a happy life, instead we should focus on living and doing the right thing and when we do make mistakes, we learn from it. Life can’t be perfect. I can see what you’re saying as doing wrong – perhaps making bad decision to attain short term pleasure vs long term happiness.

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Profile photo of ariel ariel (@arielnguyen) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@trek79, I don’t think the opposite of sadness is happiness. THe opposite of sadness is nonsadness – or the lack of sadness. But that doesn’t mean not being sad will automatically make us happy.

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Profile photo of Milo Milo (@milo) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

I saw a quote on HE awhile ago that made alot of sense. And it was like;
“happiness is not the destination you arrive at, it’s just the path you take”
I kinda like that.

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Profile photo of J J (@smashtheclocks) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

Happiness is a word. the complexity of the meaning it entails can never be touched upon by abstracting and defining into language.. in a way everyone is right

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