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Is happiness internal or external?

Can happiness be influence by your external circumstances or is happiness internal? If happiness is internal, where is it's location? How or can happiness be influenced, externally or is the influence strictly internal?


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  • Aug 21 2013: Paramahansa Yogananda said: "Wanting is pain"
    The "twin verses" point out one of the laws of nature which is for every force there is an opposite and equal force.
    Latter on Newton developed The same laws for motion. Karma is an example. You can think of happiness as a force or the absence of a force, the ying and the yang. I think happiness is the state of being continent and that state of course being inside my mind.

    "Nothing exists outside the mind for it is the mind that makes it so"- Keith W Henline

    Update: I am not sure why but I was inspired to listen once again to a rare interview with the 14th Dalai Lama in which he also says contentment is the key to happiness. He also disagrees with Daniel Kahneman's finding that rich people ($60,000+/year) are happier than poor people. He explains that the more you have, the more you have to lose. As Bob Dylan would say: "When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose".

    Gandhi never had nothing, Mandela never had nothing, Jesus never had nothing, Einstein never had nothing, Tesla never had nothing, Buddha never had nothing, Dalai Lama has nothing and I have nothing even thou any of us could have accumulated wealth beyond reason. I would say I am in good company.
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      Aug 22 2013: Keith- I like your chip. I have an Xll myself:)

      I agree with you about contentment being a measure of happiness. In the Dan Gilbert talk there seems to be an implication that acceptance is a big key to happiness. I wonder if part of the reason that people making less than 60k a year in the U.S. are less content- is because of comparing with others and the belief in an opportunity for more. I think for emotional well being you may be better off in a country where being low income isn't something you are expected to overcome and therefore you can have greater levels of acceptance. Of course logic would say that the opportunity for increase in wealth would make us happy, but it can hinder acceptance.
      • Aug 22 2013: I hope you read my welcome to Maher below it pretty much sums up the reason America is falling apart and way behind the rest of the intelligent world. Intelligence is the "new gold standard" and until we start investing in it we are doomed to failure. The world is racing at quantum speeds and America is putting along literally in machines that have not changed in one hundred years. Those machines include education, health, transportation, energy and host of other things all built hundreds of years ago and have not changed. Our intelligent species are already planning to exit the planet and the ones that want to remain here are figuring out how to separate themselves from the idiots with guns, either above ground, underground or at sea. You may like my new website called www.Quantumrocks.com I just bought the domain today and within a month I will have the main structure as it is revealed to me. The name came to me in my sleep as I dreamt about making superfoods into juice and freezing them in ice cubes to be blended into fresh fruit smoothies.
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          Aug 22 2013: America has capitalized on the gains made through our social systems and accomplished greater things than other nations. I'd say we are doing fine and moving in the right direction. Take America out of the mix and I think the world would collapse into chaos until another system is found, similar to ours, that the world can form around and reestablish a similar ordering.

          You are incorrect in your assumption.
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          Aug 22 2013: This is off topic-I read about your belief that women needed to become better educated about nutrition and implement it. I actually think that the better candidate may be men! In American society we haven't removed many of the home-making responsibilities of women even though they work full-time. Child rearing, family gathering, large portions of cleaning and cooking are still largely (not in all cases) left to women. I think women might just be maxed out on time and ability to implement changes like that- now if the male in a household took interest in providing good nutrition for the family- that would lessen the burden for mothers. That is just my two cents.

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