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Leanna Walters

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What attributes lead to universal happiness?

We all have different values and priorities, but what are the parts of life that are essential to pure happiness? What are the most basic aspects of life that are necessary to be happy? What are universal characteristics that are important ensure a happy life, whether you're in a big city or remote tribe?

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    Dec 6 2012: First you have to define happiness, happiness requires goals and barriers. Notice it is the same definition as a game?
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      Dec 6 2012: How would you define it? Do you think you really need to define happiness in order to experience it?
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        Dec 6 2012: I just did and no
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          Dec 6 2012: No you didn't. You described what it requires. Goals and barriers = happiness?
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        Dec 6 2012: Happiness is having goals and barriers.
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          Dec 6 2012: Would you say that having goals and barriers is part of "Knowing thyself"?
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        Dec 6 2012: No, I think you define yourself by your goals and experiences
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          Dec 6 2012: I don't understand your point. Goals and barriers are part of our experiences....are they not? How or why do you seperate them?
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        Dec 6 2012: Ok I changed my mind it is part of knowing yourself.

        If a guy goes to war the experiences will leave a mark and it is part of him but he does have to separate himself from the experiences or else he is going to dive under a table every time there is a loud noise.
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          Dec 6 2012: You changed your mind? Did Leanna and I win the game by double teaming you??? LOL
          Remember, you brought in the idea of a "game":>)

          I'm not sure if one can truly seperate him/herself totally from the experience. Your example reminds me of when my husband came home from Vietnam. We lived close to the airport, and when planes passed over our house in the night, he would hit the floor and roll under the bed....still asleep. On some levels, we may be able to seperate ourselves from our experiences, and perhaps on some levels not?
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        Dec 6 2012: Yes you won the debate...

        Was it you who had the out of body experiences?, so have I which, (I know completely insane) imo is where you really start looking what is me and what isn't.
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          Dec 7 2012: Yes, I did. I don't think it is at all "insane"....it felt very natural to me. Facing death sometimes causes a new look at life?
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        Dec 7 2012: To most it sounds insane. At the least it makes you look at what is you and what isn't? I found it to be quite therapeutic.
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          Dec 7 2012: Yes...to many it sounds odd...guess it depends on one's beliefs? Although, the experience did not fit into my belief system at the time....had to open the heart and mind to something different than what I thought I already knew!

          I agree...therapeutic...causes us to explore our "self" and discover...or not... what is important and what is not important.
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        Dec 7 2012: I like to think of it as a way of sounding the rabbet hole, take the red pill, step out of the matrix.
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          Dec 8 2012: Could be a step out of the matrix..."a mold from which a relief surface (as stereotype) is made..."

          Could be a step into another matrix? "something within which something else originates or develops".

          One thing I know, is that it was an opportunity to experience "universal happiness":>)
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      Dec 6 2012: I describe happiness as seeing the profile photo you now have Pat:>)

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