hapiness is the path


Chinese charater for happiness

Gross National Happiness

hedonic thermostat

the paradox of hedonism

the myth of happiness

"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."
- Abraham Lincoln

"The things we really want often aren't what we think they are."
- Charles Eisenstein

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

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

"My aspiration to be happy and overcome suffering is part of my fundamental nature, as it is part of yours. If this is so, then just as we do, all others have the right to be happy and overcome suffering simply because they share this fundamental nature. It is on the basis of this equality that we develop equanimity toward all. In our meditation we must work at cultivating the attitude that "just as I myself have the desire to be happy and overcome suffering, so do all others, and just as I have the natural right to fulfill this aspiration, so do all others." We should repeat this thought as we meditate and as we go about our lives, until it sinks deep into our awareness." - 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 love 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 love 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 who knows how to enjoy 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

bluebird of bliss



cheerful; willing

felicity; blessedness

joy; joyful satisfaction

a subjective emotional state

the emotional state of being happy

fortuitous elegance; unstudied grace

good luck; good fortune; prosperity

being especially well-adapted; felicitous

emotions experienced when in a state of feeling good

enjoying, showing, or marked by pleasure, satisfaction, or joy

enthusiastic about or involved with to a disproportionate degree

state of well-being characterized by emotions
ranging from contentment to intense joy

the possession of those circumstances or
that state of being which is attended by enjoyment

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 communion with God

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

"People are forever wrongly predicting what will make them happy
because of logic processing errors that our brains make.

Many times an individual does not want the things that are most likely to make him or her happy - and many of the things that he or she does want will not make him or her happy.

Some behavior is motivated by impulses beyond conscious awareness that are not in our rational, happiness maximizing interest because of faulty logic due to incorrect perceptions of reality.

Imagination has its shortcomings and it is perhaps inevitable that we will incorrectly predict how future events will make us feel when we've never experienced those events before.

Events that we typically anticipate will give us joy make us less happy than we think; things that fill us with dread will make us less unhappy, for less long, than we anticipate.

The judgement we make now about our future selves is very likely to be incorrect because what may have caused happiness today may not tomorrow.

We misperceive reality and build a mistaken view of the future on the incorrect perception.

This happens because our attitudes, interests and emotional needs change over time.

Wonderful things are especially wonderful the first time they happen, but their wonderfulness wanes with repetition.

We are equipped with a hedonic thermostat that is constantly resetting us back to our emotional baseline.

"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."
- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi aka Mahatma Gandhi

"I happen to like the Buddhist teachings, which suggest that happiness lies not in ‘getting what we want' but in understanding that desire (along with its opposite, revulsion) is in itself the source of our unhappiness.

Happiness then becomes an actually attainable goal, if we can only learn to detach ourselves from our 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.

That new car, in other words, is not the source of true happiness, in this view. Nor is the well-paid job, the beautiful spouse, the successful career. By the same token, happiness does not consist in desperately attempting to insulate ourselves from pain, hardly a realistic goal, or staving off the wrinkles of approaching age.

The true, attainable happiness is the state of consciousness that allows us to embrace whatever comes our way with equanimity. But it does take an awful lot of hard work to get there, especially given the pressures and expectations of a consumer society that trains us what to desire - and what to re-coil from - at the most tender age!"- Peter Clothier

"Happiness economics is apparently a legitimate field populated by behavioral scientists as well as those who would write for Forbes magazine. That people in Cuba come in second in happiness to those in our country attests to the fact that happiness unfolds from something other than palatial estates, Humvees, Rolls-Royces and designer everything. As a psychotherapist, I hear people wanting community more than anything in their lives. And that's what I want more of as well. I hear single people wanting a dating partner who will call back, show up and take a risk. I hear adolescents wanting more fun time with dad or mom. People definitely talk about their lack of money, but not as the chief barrier to happiness." - Darcy Carroll

"People ask me all the time, 'What do you learn about happiness? What's the secret to happiness?' Low expectations." - Michael McBride

simply happy

the myth of happiness
adapted from Jacques Ellul

The need for happiness permeates Americans with unprecedented force and preciseness.

Heretofore 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.

These blueprints have now been replaced by a vision of collective material well-being:
happiness lifting all boats by the progress of global corporate derivatives markets.

Everyone is entitled to a 401K briming with cash; everyone has been in effect promised it.

There is no need for anyone to make sacrifices, acquire a broadly-based well-rounded education,
reach decisions, or assume responsibility for the actions they set in motion.

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

Happiness is exclusively material in nature. (Pills for sale!)

Hence something that had been only a vague dream for the masses and
a frantic quest on the part of elites has undergone a complete transformation in modern society.

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

Justice, truth, and virtue are swallowed up in the shadow of vanities,
effaced by the triumphant conviction that this attainment of happiness is all that matters.

All activity must be subordinated to this exclusive aim:
life and the future are envisaged solely from the standpoint of happiness - happinesss based on material wealth.

This myth is exultantly shared by the vast majority of humankind. They have all be con-vinced.

The only difference between communists and corporatists lies in the choice of means
best suited to confer upon mankind this plenitude of happiness or heaven on earth.

The strength of the myth is great enough to legitimize - automatically - every crime as well as every sacrifice.

According to the communists, if only the corporatists are eliminated, all men will obtain happiness and visa versa (right vs left, Democrats vs Republicans, institutionalized religion vs mystic union with God, terrorists vs global citizens, elites vs masses, ad infinitum).

Anyone who challenges this myth of happiness, no matter how slightly,
is at once looked upon by all his social associates as an enemy and branded too negative.

Do you for a moment doubt that American civilization,
which is oriented toward the attainment of happiness, is amply justified for that reason alone?

If you do, you are promptly labeled "un-American."

Here is evidence of the existence of a modern American myth
which is invoked to classify as evil anyone who refuses to subscribe to it.

"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

the paradox of hedonism

the paradox of hedonism

It is often said that we fail to attain pleasures if we deliberately seek them. If, for whatever reason, one does equate happiness with pleasure, then the paradox of hedonism arises.

"I realized that one's happiness was only to be attained by not making it the direct end. Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness. Aiming thus at something else, they find happiness along the way. Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so." - John Stuart Mills

"Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself." - Viktor Frankl

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

"Happiness is like a cat. If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay not attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap." - William Bennett

"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

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 condition that is often 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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