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Chinese charater for happiness

"Cultivating a correct understanding of the way
things are is critical to our quest for happiness."
Dalai Lama

hedonic thermostat

the paradox of hedonism

the myth of happiness

Gross National Happiness


"The moral life consists in following the course that leads to the
greatest long-run happiness achievable
of the individual concerned."

Henry Hazlitt



happy moment

"My aspiration to be happy and overcome suffering is part of my fundamental nature, as it is part of yours."
Dalai Lama


"Let us then endeavour to disperse those clouds of ignorance, those mists of darkness, which impede man on his journey, which obscure his progress, which prevent his marching through life with a firm steady grip.

Let us try to inspire him with courage - with respect for his reason - with an inextinguishable compassion for truth - with a remembrance of Galileo Galilei - to the end that he may learn to know himself - to know his legitimate rights - that he may learn to consult his experience, and no longer be the dupe of an imagination led astray by authority - that he may renounce the prejudices of his childhood - that he may learn to found his morals on his nature, on his wants, on the real advantage of society - that he may dare to compassion himself - that he may learn to pursue his true happiness by promoting the happiness of others - in short, that he may no longer occupy himself with reveries either useless or dangerous - that he may become a virtuous, a rational being, in which case he cannot fail to become happy.

In short, man should learn to know, that happiness is simply an emanative quality formed by reflection; that each individual ought to be the sun of his own system, continually shedding around him his genial rays; that these, re-acting, will keep his own existence constantly supplied with the requisite heat to enable him to put forth kindly fruit.

The happy man is he enjoys the benefits bestowed upon him by nature: in other words, he who thinks for himself; who is thankful for the good he possesses; who does not envy the welfare of others, nor sigh after imaginary benefits always beyond his grasp. " - Paul-Henri Thiry, Baron d'Holbach



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bliss

contentment

joyful satisfaction

the emotional state of being happy

emotions experienced when in a state of feeling good

an agreeable feeling or condition of the soul arising from
good fortune or propitious happening of any category


Happiness is generic, and is applied to almost every category of enjoyment except those of the animal appetites;

felicity is a more formal word, used more sparingly, in the same general sense, but with elevated associations;

blessedness is applied to the most refined enjoyment arising from the purest social, benevolent, altruistic and religious affections;

bliss denotes still more exalted delight, and is applied more appropriately to the joy of the feelings an individual expects to enjoy in heaven and in communion with the Creator and Sustainer



follow your bliss

"Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination."
- Immanuel Kant


"He who for the sake of happiness
hurts others who also want happiness,
shall not hereafter find happiness.

He who for the sake of happiness does not hurt others
who also want happiness,
shall hereafter find happiness."

Dhammapada



hedonistic thermostat

hedonic thermostat

Cognitive bias produces logic processing errors making it nearly impossible to predict what will make an individual happy in the future.

The path to happiness lies before us and we begin our journey but there are many forks in the road. Subconscious impulse below conscious awareness chooses for us which path we pick at each fork in the road.

Imagination has shortcomings. It is perhaps inevitable that as we look down each fork in the road we will incorrectly predict the experiences we will have traveling down the road.

Experiences we anticipate will make us happy fail to do so and experiences we have dreaded cause less pain than we imagined.

What we imagine will make us happy in the future is very likely to be incorrect in that we tend to misperceive reality and build a mistaken view of the future on this incorrect perception.

The main reason for this is attitudes, interests and emotional needs change over time.

Pleasurable experiences are especially pleasurable the first time they happen, but the pleasue provided wanes with repetition.

This is how our imagination of what will please us in the future fails us.

We are equipped with a hedonic thermostat that is constantly resetting us back to our emotional baseline while we are constantly imagining novel experiences.

"When we have an experience on successive occasions, we quickly begin to adapt to it, and the experience yields less pleasure each time. Psychologists calls this habituation." - Daniel Gilbert



rainbow happiness

"Happiness is when what you think,
what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
Mahatma Gandhi

paradox of hedonism

"Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue." - Viktor Frankl

If, for whatever reason, one does equate happiness with pleasure, then the paradox of hedonism arises.

Consciously pursuing pleasure interferes with experiencing pleasure.

"I realized that one's happiness was only to be attained by not making it the direct end." - John Stuart Mills

"Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it." - Søren Kierkegaard

"I should not, however, infer from this that the pursuit of pleasure is necessarily self-defeating and futile; but merely that the principle of Egoistic Hedonism, when applied with a due knowledge of the laws of human nature, is practically self-limiting; i.e., that a rational method of attaining the end at which it aims requires that we should to some extent put it out of sight and not directly aim at it." - Henry Sidgwick

"Happiness is an actually attainable goal, if we can only learn to detach ourselves from knee jerk responses to what we have learned to view as desirable, as well as to what we think we must avoid at all costs. The true, attainable happiness is the state of consciousness that allows us to embrace whatever comes our way with equanimity."- Peter Clothier

What is the true secret to happiness? Low expectations !



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the myth of happiness

Written into the Constitution of the United States of America is the right of all Americans to pursue happiness. At this time and place happiness was considered to be of an individual nature. An individual could be happy or unhappy.

Blueprints for happiness were invariably based upon individual experience involving the exercise of mind or body and almost always, even in the case of Epicurus, on some sort of discipline.

With the advent of collectivism these blueprints were replaced by a vision of collective material well-being, happiness lifting all boats by the infinite progress of the global corporate derivatives and futures markets !

Happiness is owed to all and consists in a collective increase of wealth.
Happiness is exclusively material in nature.

The myth of the ability to attain happiness through material possessions is all that enables the vast majority of mankind to regard life as worth living in MICE culture.

All activity must be subordinated to the exclusive aim of increasing material wealth.

Anyone who challenges this material myth of happiness is at once looked upon by all his social associates as an enemy and branded as too negative.

"We all have the tendency to struggle in our bodies and our minds. We believe that happiness is possible only in the future. The realization that we have already arrived, that we don't have to travel any further, that we are already here, can give us peace and joy. The conditions for our happiness are already sufficient. We only need to allow ourselves to be in the present moment, and we will be able to touch them. What are we looking for to be happy? Everything is already here. We do not need to put an object in front of us to run after, believing that until we get it, we cannot be happy. That object is always in the future, and we can never catch up to it. We are already in the Pure Land, the Kingdom of God. We only need to wake up and realize we are already here." - Thich Nhat Hanh



gross national happiness

gross national happiness



The country of Bhutan, the last surviving refuge of traditional Himalayan Buddhist culture, uses Gross National Happiness (GNH) is an attempt to define quality of life in more holistic and psychological terms than Gross National Product(GNP).

The term, Gross National Happiness, was coined by Bhutan's King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1972. It signaled his commitment to building an economy that would serve Bhutan's unique culture based on Buddhist spiritual values. The four pillars of Gross National Happiness are the promotion of equitable and sustainable socio-economic development, preservation and promotion of cultural values, conservation of the natural environment, and establishment of good governance.

Gross National Happiness is a qualitative discussed in tandem with the Genuine Progress Indicator which, unlike Gross National Happiness, attempts to quantify well-being and happiness. The two measures agree, however, that well-being is more relevant and important than consumption.


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