What is happiness?

@Huying (389)
China
October 19, 2007 9:33am CST
About this question,perhaps different people have different views.Some people think that material satisfaction would happiness.But in fact they have overlooked the fact that true happiness comes from the realization of what you have done in your part in the advacement of other people's life as well as your own.Some people try every means to make money at the expense of others interests.These people harm others to benefit themselves.They think the greater sum of money they make,the happier they will be.On the contrary,some people think that spiritual satisfaction is the greatest happiness.They do everything for the people.They live,work,and sacrifice their lives for the people.
6 responses
@infoguy (210)
• India
20 Oct 07
I totally agree with u...most of the people in this busy world think everything is material possession....but real happiness is when you are contented with your life.When we are able to make our loved ones happy with our care and love...And when we are able to achieve because of our hard work.But i do accept one thing the meaning of different things in life do vary with people.
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• Brunei Darussalam
20 Oct 07
Dear Huying, I recently wrote about happiness in my blog. I told about happiness being inversely proportional to my needs, including the need to be happy. The less needs I have in my life, be it material, emotional, social, the more happy I can become. Happiness is not something I have to look for. It just sits there for me to embrace. Happiness is reliant on how I am able to resolve issues that are plaguing me; on forgiving myself and people who have wronged me. It takes a lot of courage to forgive and forget, but as someone have said, "He who lives happiest has forgotten most". I have learned that to be happy, I must be less needy, be contented and be thankful for what I have and forgive and forget.
@wasons (303)
• China
20 Oct 07
hello huying! i agree your point about happiness,what we want is the feeling of happiness in our life,and if people around you get the happiness,you would feel happy as well,but for most situation money can satisfy people's material life,then they feel happy.for my view of money,i think as long as you wouldn't harm others money is good for happiness.
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• United States
20 Oct 07
I think happiness is being completely content with your life. It is waking up every morning with a certain satisfaction and fulfilment. Those who have money and material objects can't be completely happy. It is a balance in your life of health, mind, spirit, relationships, soul, etc. I believe that when you are content with yourself and can put a certain a focus on others and make sacrifices to make their life even a bit a better, you can be truly happy.
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• United States
19 Oct 07
I agree with you. Some people think that material possessions are going to make them happier. Well, I can honestly say that the most miserably people I have known, have been rich. Usually they are the ones who are the most depressed and dysfunctional. It just goes to show that money does not buy happiness. I think that happiness comes when you help others and you help yourself. When you do good onto others and onto yourself, that can bring true happiness.
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@ssh123 (31104)
• India
19 Oct 07
Life is a journey and that journey has vicious circles. Start with good, undergo bad, end up with good, again problems, solve the problems, you are tired and again happiness and you relax. This vicious circle of life one should be aware and not becoming panic. Happiness is purely a state of mind. I have come across a lot of people who sport a smile even in the peak of problems. That is graciousness of the 1st order. If desires are within our limits, one can have more happiness. This happiness also derived out of hardwork, earning from honest means. That person enjoys spending every bit of that fruits derived from labour. You will get everlasting happiness if you do not consciously cheat others, if you treat everyone with respect, if you listen to your parents' advice, if you take care of your wife properly and educate your son properly. There are purely temporary happiness one gets like finding a job, finding some money here and there, meeting a friend after a long time, eating a dish of our favourite, hosting a party for nearest and dearest. Ultimately happiness derived out of your goodness is lasting happiness. I hope you are able to understand the meaning of statements by reading inbetween lines.
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