Daniel Vais

Social Choreographer, Culture Device

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What is happiness?

What will you need to do in order to be in a complete state of happiness?

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    Apr 13 2012: Happiness is transitory, and is completely influenced by external forces. I have happiness when my kids clean their rooms, or my wife kisses me, or when I get a free latte from the coffee shop.

    I would offer that what you mean by a "complete state of happiness" is, in fact, joy. Now , Joy is a state of being, which I attain from getting myself "in tune" with God (through prayer, introspection,writing terribly sappy poetry, etc.). Joy is simething that I carry into the world, which hopefully creates a bit of happiness for others (such as when I buy the guy standing behind me a latte)
  • Apr 13 2012: Hi,
    I see happiness as the recognition of beauty in the expression of life! when the mind stand still and more... ;-)
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    Apr 13 2012: The opposite of happiness is sadness. You cannot know happiness without knowing sadness. So complete happiness would include the complete absence of sadness.

    I would not like to live that way. Buy hey, if that's what you want, go for it.
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      Apr 13 2012: I think you can know happiness without any conditions.
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        Apr 14 2012: I agree but that is not what you call 'complete' happiness. That is your condition.
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    Apr 12 2012: If you really dance, you know.
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    Apr 12 2012: Those beautiful times when you were unconsciously ignoring time then back to managing time then without knowing it, for a brief period of time you're back in untime.
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        Apr 12 2012: I was thinking at the time of writing that post.

        How sometimes we become too time locked and then a family event happens or a night out somewhere, a riveting lecture,a conversation or your daily walk in the park where any thought of the future or past is forgotten,of course we cannot attain a continuous present without continuosly approximating our possible future actions but in those special moments away from all the noise of time,we can say those are happy times.

        One can also see your reply also highlights that my post only describes just a small moment of the vast definitions of happiness which if it is, then of course i can only agree.I wonder? is it the journey or the end result? or is true happiness a step in and a step out? work,home,vacation? or a smile from a 16 month old toddler happy to see you as they raise they're arms up to you to be picked up or the knowledge that you have done a good job.

        One mans happiness might be on the bones of another..disturbing.
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    Apr 18 2012: Thanks everyone for contributing / reading this question.

    you are wonderful all and I wish you happiness.
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    Apr 14 2012: Happiness isn't a destination , happiness is the road .. the way that we lead since our birth until our death ! it can be a moment , a hug , a kiss , a success ! U can also feel happy when you see an old friend and note that nothing has changed during all this time ...
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    Apr 13 2012: The key to happiness if forgiveness.
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    Apr 12 2012: The problem is when the goal is happiness, you will never achieve it.
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        Apr 12 2012: I think you are taking my response as being pessimistic or unpleasant. However I see it as worrying about the process rather than the result.

        The result is to be "happy" yet... If at ever a time there was a person who can say "I am happy" - they did not get there by focusing on just happiness but they were worried about improving themselves, accomplishments, discovery, exploration and/or helping those around them.

        Self-actualization, introspection, meditation, etc. are a means to question happiness, which is better than assuming it is more than a state of mind. Trying to achieve a state of mind without first questioning it... will never place you there.

        It is the path that is important, not the goal - you make the goal happiness, rather than allowing the path to accept happiness - you will never achieve happiness -> rather a superficial idea of what happiness is. Attachments... to material and ideas; make people happy far more than anything else. Yet when these attachments break, they are in distress... But at the same time we need attachments... or at least we will always have them.

        Where does happiness conflict with knowing and vice versa? Is my concern.

        Happiness is like love it is fuzzy and does not have a real science to it.. Intellection about happiness will prove - happiness makes us irrational a great deal of the time.

        Also the part of the brain that makes us feel euphoric is basically the same part that dictates dysphoria found in the insular cortex...