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Posted 5/2/07
happiness is about dreaming and hoping and loving xD

reaching a goal, trusting oneself and be able to love one another xD. Realising ones mistakes and learning to forgive.
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Fine, I'll just type away.
most people you ask will say happiness is their ultimate goal. Some might say love, but I feel like these people mean they find their happiness in love. Some might say contentment. It's a very ambigious word. When i wondered why it's so important, all i could think of was, there's like only 2 or 3 ways to look at the world. Either positive, negative or indifferent (that might be negative already).

A negative look at the world or at life specifically induces depression as we all know. Depressed people have suicidal tendencies as we all know. You could say they're not good at being alive.Happiness seems to be the major thing to keep you going. I can't define it, I guess it varies from person to person and you could start a discussion solely on "What's happiness."

Edit: ^Oh okay, that was one of the post questions. I've just seen it now.
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http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7822696446273926158&q=Dan+Gilbert
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29 / M / Washington DC
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Posted 5/3/07
Happiness: Fuck the cake, go for the icing!
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35 / F / East Bay California
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Posted 5/6/07
happiness doesn't exist. or maybe there are just some people who aren't destined for happiness.
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29 / M / vegass
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Posted 5/6/07
happy is..not being sad. or angry. or annoyed. or frustrated.

happiness..is not having sadness. or anger. or annoyance. or frustration.

lol. i dont know. happiness to me is fairly simple. sometimes its when its drinking with the guys, or a date with a girl, or browsing through cr forums. i cant see how you make happiness complicated.
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27 / M / Bristol UK
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Posted 5/6/07
im always kinda happy tbh. Unless someone acts like a real tard.
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28 / M / Rochester, NY (USA)
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Posted 5/6/07
Happiness is usually temporary by itself. Contentment is much more lasting and true contentment always leads to happiness.
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32 / F / United States
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Well,,, Everyone has the right to pursue happiness. So, I suppose it depends on what makes that person happy. It could be Music, Video Games, Sports... All kinds of things. Everyone is going to be sad, angry, frustrated, and annoyed. Happiness is when those things seem to not exist for a certain amount of time. It somehow makes you forget about your troubles, and you suddenly are having a great time. For me this happends when I hang out with friends. Of course, all those other feeligns will flood back eventually.
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28 / M / Rochester, NY (USA)
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Something that a lot of people don't think about, especially in privileged countries like the US, Canada, England, etc is that most of the worlds population doesn't think about trying to be happy or content. They just want to get from one day to the next.
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76 / F / in the club
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It seems to be of the utmost of importance, but what is happiness exactly?
~ Happiness is free. It's always there but seldom can find it.

Is it really the greatest thing in life, like many many people will tell you, or is there something better?
~ For an uncontented person, happiness is unattainable cos there's always something better (for them).

How does one achieve it? Or is it more a way of living then being able to achieve it?
~ People find happiness in simple things, but we chose not to feel it cos we want complicated things.
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25 / M / Oregon
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Happiness is undefineable, for its a feeling that is relitave to the particular person's feelings, or what the person views as important, ect. Happiness, for myself, for example, is playing some video games, reading some books, watching some movies, eating good food, sleeping, hanging out with friends, and being with the ones I love. Even though most people agree (to a partial degree) that this is happiness, its not necissarily true; some people may find happiness being... doing work, for happiness to them is the feeling of accomplishment. For others, happiness may be to make fun of people, or be the school bully, for happiness to them is making themselves feel superior, and others inferior. So basically, there really isnt a universal definition of "happiness."
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24 / F / Uhhh.... Konoha?
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Joy is different than happiness. Joy is supposed to last forever, while happiness last for a moment. For example, a guy goes to a club and laughts the stand up comedy, but his wife is mad at him. Thats happiness. But, is he truely joyful? I don't think so. He keep going to the comedy club, laughs, and goes home. He does this over and over again. I don't think that is true joy.
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happiness is cool, but there not lots on this world
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29 / M / US
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Posted 6/19/07
http://www.philosophynow.org/issue61/61kazez.htm

The above link points to a recent article in PhilosophyNow that comes to the same conclusion as I have when dealing with Nozicks "experience machine" thought experiment. The idea being that there is a virtual machine we could plug into and be as happy as possible, yet most people say not thanks to being plugged in and more happiness.

The author of the article above wrote that Gilbert misses the point of the thought experiment, which is that happiness isn't all we want. That has been one of the major points I have made in this thread.

I'm not so sure the Gilbert misses the point though. The author wrote that Gilbert says this line of thought (with the thought experiment) shows that people don't accept the virtual world because its not a genuine state of happiness. One reason why I think the author may be confused is that I've seen gilbert say that synthetic happiness is as good as the real thing. I would bet on the fact that he understands that the machine thought experiment stipulates genuine happiness. I suppose there is some confusion over the word "genuine". While the happiness is genuine in that it is real-feeling happiness, its not the same kind of real happiness as would occur out in the world as it were. We really don't want to live life plugged to a machine. But, I have not read Gilbert's book, so not so sure.

Anywho, I hope some of you read the article. I'd like to get your feedback on if you would take the deal with being plugged into a machine for more happiness or not as well as any other comments. Oh and if anyone wants me to respond let me know.

Lastly, thought I'd share this: happiness is like peeing in your pants. Everyone can see it but only you can feel the warmth.
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