what is happiness?

Philippines
March 28, 2010 6:22am CST
what's the true meaning of happiness? where can it be found? how can i acquire it? these are questions i frequently ask to myself. Is this only a state of mind? I'm not happy actually. How can i be happy???
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@Hatley (157944)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Mar 10
jeszalee nobody can make you happy,you have to make yourself happy instead. its a state of mind and body too really.does not the sunshine and the puffy marshmallow clouds blowing along the blue sky and the laughter of children playing make you happy, or the singing of the birds in the trees, or the smiles of your own children. a thousand things can make you happy if you let them do so. You can be happy to be alive, to be kicking ,to have family and friends, it doesn't have to b e anything really fantastic to be happy over.
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@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
31 Mar 10
Happiness ...it is what you make it. It depends quite a lot on your thinking patterns.
@2treatme (1246)
• India
31 Mar 10
It sounds true ... but to different people happiness means different things,
• Singapore
28 Mar 10
Yeah, happiness is indeed a state of mind. The more you want to pursue it, the more difficult you would be able to acquire it. That's because happiness is about satisfying yourself. If you are easily satisfied, you would enjoy happiness every moment. If you keep on pursuing happiness, that means you are not easily satisfied, so happiness will go further and further from you.
• China
5 Apr 10
My happiness often come from the state of being content about myself.
@manubla (474)
• Philippines
2 May 10
When I was young, I always had parameters for happiness. For instance, I say to myself that I'll only be happy when I graduate from college. I did not grow up bitter though. More on serious about everything. When I was already working, I read a self help book by Andrew Matthews and it was an eye opener for me. Happiness is a choice. It's a state of the mind. Happiness can come in many forms. It depends on the person how he will take each situation. I think to be happy, let's stay on the positive side. Let us learn to forgive ourselves without forgetting the lessons from our mistakes.
@myy0220 (60)
• China
18 Apr 10
Maybe happiness is what you can only pursue! Because people are always too greedy to satisfy. No matter which style of life you live, you are not happy.
@visijay32 (447)
• Philippines
18 Apr 10
Happiness is where your heart and mind is. It is all up to you as to how happy you wanted to be. The true meaning of happiness has been pondered upon since time immemorial whether philosophically or religiously. You can be happy. Ask yourself this question: "what will make you happy?" If you see life as gloomy and cloudy, remember cloudy days do not last forever. Live long and prosper.
@zeethegr8 (786)
• India
5 Apr 10
I believe happiness is a journey. You'll see different phases and levels of it throughout life. We can only be truly happy when we discover ourselves first and then try to make most out of this life by sharing love and care with every thing associated with our lives. Happiness in its purest forms is loving yourself and life.
• India
5 Apr 10
happiness is nothing bt an abstract word..its next to impossible to be happy alwys in todays world...
• India
5 Apr 10
happiness is nothing..its just an abstract word. especialy in todays world it can never be achieved...nobody s happy nowadays
@zamurai (47)
• India
5 Apr 10
Help those who poor and needy and they become happy.Thereby you can also become happy.Happiness lies in giving,sharing,forbearing,benevolence etc.Be happy to make others happy.
• United States
31 Mar 10
happiness is self satisfaction
• India
31 Mar 10
Hello, What is the true meaning of happiness? It is hard to explain. You can't understand it until you feel it. But everyone in this world is searching for this single thing. Where can it be found? Its right inside you. When you stop searching around and be calm and satisfied with all you have, you become happy. Happiness can also be defined as the gratefulness to God for giving what we have. How can I acquire it? You don't have to acquire it. Its already inside you. You have just forgot about your true self in the humdrum of this prosaic world. Human beings in their purest form are happy and peaceful. Look inwards and like I said, don't try to look for it in the whole world. You will find it right when you give up searching for it outside. Is this only a state of mind? Of course it is. Happiness, like sorrow is a state of mind. But does anything we see exists outside our mind? The reality is just an image we bear in our own mind. When this is shattered, the reality is lost. Happiness is not only a state of mind. It is the purest and most sacred form of mind, close to our soul. It is the most peaceful state of mind, indeed. How can i be happy? In order to be happy you have to first get rid of the feeling that you are unhappy. Your soul is just a mirror. You can't see yourself in it, as there is dust on it. Blow away the dust and look into yourself. You will see a happy and peaceful YOU. If you want to be happy you should first let go of everything from inside your mind. Acquire an ability to detach yourself from rest of the world and try to be introspective, that is, look inwards. At least for a few minutes, try to meditate everyday. Meditation is a way to commune to the purest form of your soul. Go through different types of meditation, and adapt all or some of them. http://enlightenedsoul.wordpress.com/ And remember, You are already happy so you don't have to search it anywhere outside. God bless you
@carmencar (111)
• Italy
29 Mar 10
For me happiness is waking up in the morning and watch the man that I love beside me, be able to see the sunlight,listen the sounds of nature, have people who love me. For me happiness is serenity
• India
29 Mar 10
actually i don't know the true meaning of happiness.......,but i think it as a state of mind like you. it is our feelings,our thoughts that matters in happiness,if you like something and if you don't it is your feeling ,your mind's feeling.so to be happy,one must have a feeling that i am comfortable,this is good for me in any occasion.if we are in a battle field, we must find a thing that make you happy there.......... i never heard about the happiness business.... if you want to get it ,it is you who have to work for that ,it is you who have to think for that ..... if you are not harpy,then it is the problem with your mind ...from now onwards try to love you,try to love you surrounding,try to love your job,try to love your friends and parents.all these will ultimately reach you to happiness and success dear friend
• Italy
29 Mar 10
Everything should be balanced! When you reach an equilibrium between effort and relax, between action and reaction, between friends and enemies, between work and family then... you won't think about happyness anymore and you'll be perfectly aware to be part of the whole. Ohmmmmmmmmmmmmm...
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
29 Mar 10
Happiness has to come from within.It si definitley a state of mind and if you are normal, have parents,have all your faculties right, are able to have the basic needs provided for, you would have to follow Hatley's suggestion and cheer up.
@elamel (127)
• Philippines
28 Mar 10
try to accept the things around you. accept everything i mean be contented of what you have. even your problem, no matter how big it is try to understand, why you have that kind of problem, how does it started or who give you that kind of problem. i know this will be the hardest part but if you do this u will be happy..promised..
• China
28 Mar 10
Glad to meet you ! This is my first post! So I want to make friends with you ! In my opion,happiness is a feelling in our heart,so we don't have to taste much time to consider her. But we must have things to do all the time,and dream in our mind.Especially,we should have love in our deep heart! ……
• India
28 Mar 10
in my words happiness something like getting pizza after three days pasting,well its all about what you think and how you think,.,.,.. for someone happiness helping poor.,., for some people its playing football... iot differs.