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    Default Is true happiness attainable?

    Is it possible to be truly satisfied, free from the endless gnawing inside that tells you things are not as they should be? Is it possible to achieve true harmony with your sense of ethics and those in your innermost circle?
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    I think that when the things in life that make us struggle the hardest are overcome, we can be the happiest with ourselves, and that gives the rest of our life a sort of new light.

    So, I'm pretty on the fence, but think about it. If you've felt nothing but pain for a long time, it's easy to recognize pure happiness once it comes to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lil_Red View Post
    I think that when the things in life that make us struggle the hardest are overcome, we can be the happiest with ourselves, and that gives the rest of our life a sort of new light.

    So, I'm pretty on the fence, but think about it. If you've felt nothing but pain for a long time, it's easy to recognize pure happiness once it comes to you.
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    I say this as a reminder to myself, but this goes for everyone:

    You can achieve anything you set your mind to, and you are limited only by how dedicated you are to succeed!

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    This article might help:

    There's More to Life Than Being Happy

    In a new study, which will be published this year in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Positive Psychology, psychological scientists asked nearly 400 Americans aged 18 to 78 whether they thought their lives were meaningful and/or happy. Examining their self-reported attitudes toward meaning, happiness, and many other variables -- like stress levels, spending patterns, and having children -- over a month-long period, the researchers found that a meaningful life and happy life overlap in certain ways, but are ultimately very different. Leading a happy life, the psychologists found, is associated with being a "taker" while leading a meaningful life corresponds with being a "giver."
    "Happy people get a lot of joy from receiving benefits from others while people leading meaningful lives get a lot of joy from giving to others," explained Kathleen Vohs, one of the authors of the study, in a recent presentation at the University of Pennsylvania. In other words, meaning transcends the self while happiness is all about giving the self what it wants. People who have high meaning in their lives are more likely to help others in need. "If anything, pure happiness is linked to not helping others in need," the researchers, which include Stanford University's Jennifer Aaker and Emily Garbinsky, write.
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    for how long are we speaking?

    I can say that I spent a few beautiful and perfect hours reading in a park on a lovely summer afternoon a few months ago with a good book I hadn't yet had time to read, a shady park bench all to myself, food and beverage I liked and the knowledge that there was absolutely nothing else I needed to do at that moment other than to enjoy myself... that was a perfectly happy afternoon

    however, to go through one's entire life happy? what's the point? you wouldn't know happy without knowing unhappy...
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    I think part of true happiness, for me at least, is working toward something meaningful.

    But also, like @whatever wrote, it can be found in those blissfully simple moments where you just pause from all the hustle and bustle.
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    For short bursts, yes.
    But you will get sick, old, and die, because everyone does.

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    What is true happiness? Is it something different from the every day sort that happens as a consequence rather than a goal?

    Happiness is like a drug which once experienced becomes a condition desired again and again. It comes from feeling completely content with your existence for a brief moment. But we cannot be happy all our lives, that's just greed and like greed an overindulgence creates only more want as opposed to satisfaction.

    It's easy to say this and harder to remember, especially when times are shit and our emotions are at their most negative..... but happiness is all part of a larger experience that involves the worst as well as the best.

    Happiness is best when unlooked for and the sudden surprise of its appearance is one of the more beautiful aspects of our lives.

    I know you're hurting @Magic Qwan and I'm crap at advice, but I hope your tough times pass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AffirmitiveAnxiety View Post
    What is true happiness? Is it something different from the every day sort that happens as a consequence rather than a goal?

    Happiness is like a drug which once experienced becomes a condition desired again and again. It comes from feeling completely content with your existence for a brief moment. But we cannot be happy all our lives, that's just greed and like greed an overindulgence creates only more want as opposed to satisfaction.

    It's easy to say this and harder to remember, especially when times are shit and our emotions are at their most negative..... but happiness is all part of a larger experience that involves the worst as well as the best.

    Happiness is best when unlooked for and the sudden surprise of its appearance is one of the more beautiful aspects of our lives.

    I know you're hurting @Magic Qwan and I'm crap at advice, but I hope your tough times pass.
    Thank you.
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    Happiness is just a mechanism used for the reinforcement of behaviours, it's not good in and of itself.

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