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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 7 2012: There is a wonderful order in universe, beyond our comprehension. Accepting that you are a piece of this magnificence and your existence is more important than just living a common day may change the way of perception. And bring peace in minds. And all you have to do is start thinking about who you are, why you are living and what is happening around you…
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      Dec 7 2012: This is beautiful! I wholeheartedly agree that once you realize that you are a part of something bigger, it brings about a peaceful mind. I also think that there are many misguided people who, when asking themselves these questions such as Who am I? and Why am I here?, find it difficult to come up with an answer. All too often people fly through life with their heads down, not really asking these questions. I guess that just goes to show the power of questioning everything... the answers you find could truly be life-changing!
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        Dec 9 2012: That is the whole concept of religion, isn't it? –– I mean finding "true peace" by being a part of something bigger (personally, I'm not religious, but seen from outside, it seems like that is the exact true motivator for religious people).

        I believe you shouldn't have to be a part of a religion, or feel a part of a bigger picture in order to feel truly happy. I agree inner peace can be found through accepting oneself, and accepting others no matter how different they are, as Debbie Burchett so greatly put it – but I don't think finding inner peace is the answer to happiness. I'm still searching, and I think the all these parametres and values that are different to people are hard to balance out, because they're all inverse proportional – and the balance between them is different and thereby not universal.

        In the end, chasing your dreams and achieving them will bring happiness, but keep dreaming.
        Perhaps happiness is figuring out what you should do in order to sit at your last moments of life and not regret a single second.
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          Dec 10 2012: Hi Albert,
          I believe that "finding true peace" may have been (and perhaps still is for some people) the foundation of some religions. However, when we look at the wars, death and destruction under the guise of religions, throughout history, can we still say that "true peace" is the "whole concept of religion"?

          You say..."inner peace can be found through accepting oneself, and accepting others..."
          You also say..."...but I don't think finding inner peace is the answer to happiness".
          Do you think it may be part of the "balance" you speak of?

          I totally agree that part of happiness is not having regret at the end of the life journey:>)
          I also am continually curious, searching and seeking, and I will be doing that when I take my last breath. Any journey (including the human life experience) begins with a single step, and can lead down many wonderful pathways throughout the adventure:>)

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