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Anuj Sharma

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Why do we chase happiness?

If each emotion we experience is for a reason then why do we try to not to experience some of them as they are? Why there is a race for happiness out of the entire range of emotions? Is it a new phenomena or has the happiness always been sought the most? Is it a human need ?

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    Jan 13 2012: You'd be surprised, but "happiness" is NOT a human need. According to modern human needs psychology, we have six basic human needs:

    Certainty
    Variety
    Significance
    Love & Connection
    Growth
    Contribution

    When all of these needs are filled, it creates bliss and fulfillment, which what we really seek more than "happiness", isn't it?
    • Jan 13 2012: but It is the nature of every person to seek happiness.
    • Jan 14 2012: Neither the traditional "Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs" mentions it clearly as a need.
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      Jan 14 2012: Modern man has no need for the challenges of mystery, adversity and opportunity? Hmmm. That would explain a lot about the trend of deterioration of courage and excellence.
      • Jan 14 2012: Edward, i think it would be an excellent time if humans don't seek challenges of adversity as their "basic" need.
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          Jan 15 2012: Agreed Manuj that there are times when adversity is so unwelcome that it is unlikely to be beneficial. It is also not something that should be actively pursued. But, I cannot imagine a life completely free of adversity. QUOTE: "No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity, the greatest affliction in life is never to be afflicted. (Anon.)
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        Jan 15 2012: Mystery, Adversity and Opportunity ARE needs. They fit into the category of VARIETY or UNCERTAINTY. We need to feel challenged, experience newer and diverse things. We love to be mystified, and to explore things greater than our current selves, which also fulfills our need for Growth, Contribution and Significance.

        Though adversity, opportunity and mystery don't usually create "happiness", in the sense that people think of it. They provide FULFILLMENT, and the energy, wisdom and knowledge to do more and be more. Basically, they fulfill our six basic needs.
      • Jan 17 2012: "No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity, the greatest affliction in life is never to be afflicted" Thanks Edward.

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