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What is the Secret to Happiness?



martial arts? food? sex? fighting? death? hot glass of green tea in the afternoon while watching Dr. Phil? destruction?science? philosophy? religion? Karate? Buddhism? Politics?

Define happiness as you want, but do you believe there is a secret to it? A certain thought process or lifestyle? A flow?

My thoughts= not really interested in people's silly notion of happiness/muddy politics of it, nor do i believe it is important or should even be a goal. I believe life should be about purpose...like becoming a master martial artists. Happiness may come from that, but it is a by product, not the goal.

What are your thoughts? Do you have a formula for happiness? And one that can be shared? Does your happiness work for other people or just you? Feel free to give opinions about books and authors who cover this topic-ex) Mathiue Ricard,Barbara Ehrenreich, "The Secret", the "Bible", Aristotle,ect. peace over war.
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What is the Secret to Happiness?



martial arts? food? sex? fighting? death? hot glass of green tea in the afternoon while watching Dr. Phil? destruction?science? philosophy? religion? Karate? Buddhism? Politics?

Define happiness as you want, but do you believe there is a secret to it? A certain thought process or lifestyle? A flow?

My thoughts= not really interested in people's silly notion of happiness/muddy politics of it, nor do i believe it is important or should even be a goal. I believe life should be about purpose...like becoming a master martial artists. Happiness may come from that, but it is a by product, not the goal.

What are your thoughts? Do you have a formula for happiness? And one that can be shared? Does your happiness work for other people or just you? Feel free to give opinions about books and authors who cover this topic-ex) Mathiue Ricard,Barbara Ehrenreich, "The Secret", the "Bible", Aristotle,ect. peace over war. :ph34r:


Happiness are small, negatively charged ion which are emitted from the core of the earth through cracks on the earth surface and dispersed by the wind. It is thought by some to be beneficial to one's heath.

To become happy, one must attact as many of these anions as possible, and, thus, one must make himself positively charged. People usually get their clothing positively charged and holiday in happiness hotspots, where the leaks are largest, while others put up happiness magnets around their houses to attract the local happiness ions.
Posted 10/3/11
It's a wide variety of things that leads to happiness. Also, your emotional balance due to overall health plays a vital role. Take care to adopt good habits.
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Did you make that one up? Haha, there's no purpose in being constantly hyped up... If that were the case, then an adrelanine rush is all you need. But where's fulfillment?


Sounds like you got good tastes to me! However, that's all it is - an immediate taste...
Posted 10/4/11

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Did you make that one up? Haha, there's no purpose in being constantly hyped up... If that were the case, then an adrelanine rush is all you need. But where's fulfillment?


Sounds like you got good tastes to me! However, that's all it is - an immediate taste...


Tried and true. I can't complain about the simple things in life giving so much joy.
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I'll try to put it in order, but all the following are very important, to me atleast.
Love Life>Social Life(family, friends, acquaintances)>good health>good wealth>great food>access to culture and freedom to express

There's, most likely, no set in stone formula. But you can enjoy twice as much with a significant other (in theory I guess) and you can't enjoy anything without good health!
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Happiness is ephemeral, therefore, impossibly too complex to quantify down to a single, useless platitude. It is metabolic and the stimulation for happiness is universally unique among humans. The secret to happiness could vary with age. It could merely be consistency in contentment.

Example: I've obviously lived many more decades than most here so I'll rummage through my life instead of use some theoretical ghost. I'll skip the teen years as they are years filled with become comfortable with one's own self-awareness, and that tends to distort that which stimulates happiness. If you're in your 20's and not yet aware of your own self-awareness, then I suggest you form a dream post-haste or your life will be as useless as a truck mud flap.

So let's jump to my 20's and 30's. Happiness was materialistic for the beginning of my 20's. Accumulation years as I call them. Transfixed on shinny objects or the swelling of a bank account or promotions in work or success with clients (I was self employed in my 20's) or making a difference in the world. In other words: security and affecting change.

In my 30's to 40's, what triggered happiness became more philosophical. Politics, children, selling my business and retiring early, reading, etc...

40's and 50's was a period of longing. Happiness was sparse and nearly non-existent. The only things that triggered happiness were in the past as the present plodded on like an angry group of clubbed footed men in mud. I'm not sure how I even survived that period.

60's to 70's was bliss. Everything sparked happiness. Autumn colors, standing in warm rain, blind dates, food, being able to complete a marathon at 62 years old without having my heart blow up.

80's...happiness is being able to take a shit, not dying in your sleep and burning your remaining days on earth among strangers who can't spell.

All that is an example, but it should give you ground to define your own happiness and realize that your happiness can be quick to ebb, but it is never out of reach. Unlike toilet paper sometimes.
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Hmm its hard to define what is Happiness because it can be anything for a person. (micro) to the world (marco).
What i would interpret happiness for individuals is to achieve their dream, living the way the want to and be compassionate to others.
and in a Marco would be have a peace where there is no suffering. if there wasn't any suffering obviously there would be Happiness left.
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Posted 10/12/11
The secret to happiness is to not seek happiness...
...Simple yet difficult...!
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Have a fine mix of naivety and optimism.

And most importantly, treasure what you already have. Seek what you need, not what you want.
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Happiness isn't an object, Happiness is not revolving small amounts of pleasure.
It's the rationality and just loving to live in general, Happiness is attained from maintaining the character
that you are after all obstacles have been overcome, which means you must be happy with what you got,
it takes rationality and setting aside materialistic values.

Once you understand rationality, you will then understand happiness like what he said.


shuyi000 wrote:

The secret to happiness is to not seek happiness...
...Simple yet difficult...!


Simple, but true.
Happiness isn't entertaining your whims.
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Doing whatever makes you feel happy is happiness. For one individual it may be fighting, and that person is ultimately happy, but for another, it could be racing, or whatever. The only way to achieve happiness is to do things that you enjoy, nothing more, noting less
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Knowing who you are and how you can help others.
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Knowing who you are and how you can help others.


The knowledge of an act is seperate from the act itself. I know I can help an old lady carry her things into a bus, but, if I don't act upon it, then the fruit of that thought is nothing. Does it bring happiness to people to know that there are plenty of ways they can be doing something for the betterment of their fellow men and sufferers, and that they are not doing those thing?
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kufirst wrote:

Knowing who you are and how you can help others.


The knowledge of an act is seperate from the act itself. I know I can help an old lady carry her things into a bus, but, if I don't act upon it, then the fruit of that thought is nothing. Does it bring happiness to people to know that there are plenty of ways they can be doing something for the betterment of their fellow men and sufferers, and that they are not doing those thing?


You gotta start somewhere bud.
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