Anticipating things to come, whether it be far into the future or right around the corner, or from things that you have experienced/are experiencing in the short term?
when I've planned/anticipated to a certain degree to make things comfortable, then am able to let go of that and be in the moment. Yups. In that stillness is happiness. A quiet bubble of contentment that comes from having taken care of my duties first.
My feelings of contentment, however few and far between they may be, almost always occur during the present tense, whereas my feelings of happiness tend to be highly stimulated by either thoughts about the past or anticipations of the future.
What CaptainChick said is pretty accurate for me too.
Accept the past. Live for the present. Look forward to the future. Robot Fusion
"As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance." John Wheeler
"[A] scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy." Richard Feynman
"[P]etabytes of  data is not the same thing as understanding emergent mechanisms and structures." Jim Crutchfield
Wouldn't it be awful to not feel happy about present events, or to not feel happy about upcoming events?
They are different contexts, there is no "more" or "less"...just a different form of happiness. It's like asking if ice cream or mashed potatoes are better (assuming you like both)...they are both good in their proper place, and it'd be pretty sad if you couldn't enjoy both, at different times.
I've thought this question over, and I feel I can't answer it properly because, since I never can seem to ground myself in the present (unless something HORRIBLE is happening and I can't ignore it), I rarely feel "happy" or contented. I'm always casting backward or forward. Anticipation became God long ago to compensate for the present being so bad and unlivable.
Now I'm very much internally puzzled. :-\
I'm not a type (eNFJ) to be very happy. I'm more rocked by storms than anything. Which is something I have to try and persuade myself isn't a personal failing.
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EII-Fi subtype, Ethical/Empath, Delta/Beta
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