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    Default So how does one truly achieve happiness?

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    You don't. It's not in our human "balance" to truly achieve happiness. Sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by esidebill View Post
    You don't. It's not in our human "balance" to truly achieve happiness. Sorry.
    Yeah. Sucks. I was hoping to start more of a discussion, as I am not the most eloquent or deep of members.

    Take Buddhism, for example...the philosophy attempts to eradicate unhappiness and suffering through the Eightfold Path. Maybe they've got something there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyGeek View Post
    Yeah. Sucks. I was hoping to start more of a discussion, as I am not the most eloquent or deep of members.

    Take Buddhism, for example...the philosophy attempts to eradicate unhappiness and suffering through the Eightfold Path. Maybe they've got something there...
    An interesting idea is the Greek concept of teleios where you are not complete until you die. The idea is to not be one sided or addicted and to be complete. Thats my kind of idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyGeek View Post
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    Try. Do the very best you can with what God has blessed you with.
    Atheist Friendly: Do the very best you can with what you have.

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    You don't.
    Wanna bet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerd Girl View Post
    Wanna bet?
    Only if you can prove it to me.
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    Attitude. Really all there is to it. Willfully choose to be happy.

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    i was truly happy about one year ago. stressed and happy happy happy.

    i'm going with maslow on this one. i think i was self-actualizing.



    right now i think i'm stuck at esteem. not that the model is perfect, or the solution to everything, but i think it's a good enough proxy.

    i think to be truly happy i need to feel secure in my home, have a good social group, be on good terms with my family, have a profession that i am proud of, have some kind of spiritual connection, and have some freedom in my days. having a crush to dote on doesn't hurt, either

    and importantly i think being happy doesn't preclude ups and downs, nor do ups and downs end happiness. but if you're living with love and light, then it's still ok, even if awful things happen. maybe you're not happy then but you're ok and you'll be again eventually.

    Quote Originally Posted by esidebill
    An interesting idea is the Greek concept of teleios where you are not complete until you die. The idea is to not be one sided or addicted and to be complete. Thats my kind of idea.
    huh. cool. i haven't heard of that. i'm going to go look that up.

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    Different things make people happy, but for me I'm happy when I feel like I'm exactly where I need to be, like I'm in a certain place in the universe and it has nothing to do with having good credit or any kind of external achievement.

    I'm really happy when my life is at a slow pace and I can go outside a lot and there are beautiful days and I can take walks and go out to lunch or get coffee if I want, and listen to music and talk to people and be around pets (especially cats.)

    I think being in a relationship would make my satisfaction complete, but I can be happy as long as my basic needs are met and I feel content and like I'm learning and growing. I can be happy without a relationship even though a good relationship makes me happy. You have to be able to be happy on your own or you'll never be completely happy.

    I also like feeling in control of my own time. I really love being able to work from home.

    But yeah happiness to me feels like just enjoying the good things about each day.

    Of course, some days are really stressful and they suck.

    That's why general contentment and satisfaction should be the goal because constant happiness isn't realistic.

    For me, yeah, it comes from relatively simple things, but my needs have to be met. The feeling of "not striving" makes me happy. Being able to chill and just live.

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