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?
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@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!
Happiness is something I try my best to achieve, yet fear achieving.
If I am happy that means I have reached a point where I am no longer striving for something better. And if I am not striving for something better I become unhappy.
It’s a bitter-sweet position to be in.
@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 :)
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.
@arielnguyen, But there are such bad people that they attain happiness by trying every way,too. Can we say this happiness is virtuous value? In such situations, we can say happiness can be exchanged by immoral behaviors.
Secondly, we both try to say the same thing. To attain happiness, we have to know what is right what is wrong. You say that mistakes are important to know what is right. That is sure. However, if everybody knew right things by making mistakes, there wouldn’t be so bad people. Sometimes, people intentionally make mistakes to get whatever they want and with this way, they attain happiness. Of course, mistakes are way to learn right things but not necessary for that. So, we can gain happiness by being away from desire of being happy. That happiness is ultimate happiness because the only with this way, people can perform selves.
@yukselsarac, I think you and I have very different definitions of happiness. Bad people might try to achieve happiness but by doing bad things, they won’t have happiness. Happiness, like I said, can only be achieved by virtuous behaviors. People might intentionally making decision that is unethical and wrong to achieve short term pleasure but this is by no means consider as happiness.
@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.
@arielnguyen, True, but as long as I’m not sad, or rather have a decent balance of what I have defined added with non-sadness, then I can’t complain, and I think there is. If were aware of every single aspect of humanity both being responsible and irresponsible then I’d wager I have a fairly decent balance.
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!?
“Are you in control of your own happiness?”
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happiness is that which we all strive for…..It can be almost anything, but it is seldom kept indefinitely. for although happiness is easy to find, its extremely difficult to hold on to…..
If you spend your life looking for happiness it will hide from you….but if you allow happiness to come around in the little things in ones life, you find that it tends to stay around a while..
happiness is a lover of the simple things, and will come to you if you simply enjoy life and appreciate the worlds endless gifts.
@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.”
happiness is a perception… A rush of chemicals when those requirements within the perception are met. It is fleeting, always dissipating after the experience, only to be required once more. We as creatures are meant to be discontent, for such drives us to move towards greater aspirations and ask greater questions.
@arielnguyen, So that we can know right things, we don’t have to make mistakes. We can take lessons from mistakes of somebody else. So, what I try to intend for “mistake” word is to abandon ethical values in exchange for happiness.