What is happiness?
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?
Happiness is the unifying consciousness. It is unconditional love, and it’s available to everyone in the world.
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!?
(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 >_<
@dominickjohn, LOL I’m thinking Morgan Freeman
@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?
@irievibes, Very well stated. So do you think we all we get along better/ and coexist better if we’re all happy then?
Happiness is a way of life.
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.”
Happiness if the joy of being.
@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!
@dominickjohn, So you meant we can make us happy by manipulating our emotions?
@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.
@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 :)
@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.”
whatever you want happiness to be. it doesnt matter.
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.
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..
i think happiness is tangible when you’re in control of how your time is spent.
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.
@danfontaine, from what you say, i guess the opposite of my post applies too.
Happiness is when you utterly lose control of affairs lol.
@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).
@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.
@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.
I saw a quote on HE awhile ago that made alot of sense. And it was like;
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