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Lauren Prince

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What is happiness?

What is happiness? We all feel it, but what IS it? Is it an experience? A manifestation of hard work? OR is it a state of being?


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    Mar 2 2012: Happiness, like everything else, is fluid. We (should) continuously grow and evolve--which means our expectations and desires evolve. Our idea of happiness is not static--it changes...and that's a good thing--it's really the process of growth and our attitude towards it that ensures happiness. Though, not in isolation.I believe that our relationships with ourselves and others is what determines our happiness--do our relationships promote or inhibit our personal growth? If those relationships that we hold most dear sponsor our growth and give us the freedom to grow in the ways we were meant to grow, and if we give ourselves that same freedom...and if the society in which we live supports the direction of our growth---then we have a shot of finding true happiness here on this earth.

    Of course, it doesn't stop there--we have to be instrumental to the growth of others..in order to be truly happy, we have to go beyond what we get out of the process of individuals, and consider how we contribute to the growth process of those around us. Do we support or inhibit it? In what way? Can our own growth process encourage that of another...these are the things that lead to happiness, in my opinion.

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