What's the definition of "Happiness"?
What would it take to be happy?
- betchimightbeLv 67 years agoFavorite Answer
It varies for everyone. For me, it would be peace of mind
- BoteroLv 67 years ago
Happiness is a state that exists only for a moment
- 3 years ago
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- 6 years ago
The definition of happiness is "being content with one's self." It doesn't matter how far up the ladder-of-life we have climbed, rather its how we treated others as we make the difficult climb to the top.Source(s): "The School of Hard Knocks"
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- heyheyLv 67 years ago
It's very elusive. People think they know what will make them happy - money, comfort, love, children -but really none of that makes a person happy, though a lack of those things can certainly make a person unhappy. What makes a person happy, I think, is a strong sense of self, a feeling that you really know yourself - not necessarily that you know what you want, but that you know who you are. I'm not sure where that comes from - I think it's partly developed from infancy through parenting and partly through our own journey as a person and partly that it's just a natural tendency of your personality.
- Ninjamaster 234Lv 54 years ago
Living a life of contentment with a clear conscious,
pursuing and/or succeeding in a viable goal in a healthy manner.
- 6 years ago
True happiness is a state of mind...... Happiness is helping others giving of urself!
- Anonymous7 years ago
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- olderwiser100aLv 77 years ago
one of those each to his own thing. we all define happines just like we do love. we custom fit it to our own needs, wants and desires. right now, a steak would make me happiest. later today, a woman. tomorrow, a new car. it not only differs for each us, the goal we seek is also variable. so answering you exactly, is somewhat impossible.
- Doctor PLv 77 years ago
All ethical theories accord some importance to human happiness. They differ first in their conception of what that happiness consists in, secondly in views of how an agent's own personal happiness is aligned with, or traded against, the general happiness, and thirdly in whether it is necessary to acknowledge any other end for human action. The simplest doctrine is that happiness is itself quite straightforward, consisting for example in occasions of pleasure; that agents only do seek or ought to seek their own happiness; and that there is no other possible or desirable end of action (see hedonism). The Cyrenaics may have held a doctrine along these lines. Complexity arises with more subtle conceptions of the nature of happiness (see, for example, Stoicism, Epicureanism, felicific calculus), and more concern for the possibility of incorporating the good of others into one's own ends (see, for example, altruism, friendship, prisoners' dilemma). Finally, theories of ethics that are not consequentialist in nature may recognize other ethically important features of action than those arising from the goal of maximizing either personal or social happiness.
Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/happiness
As a state and a subject, it has been pursued and
commented on extensively throughout world history.
"Call no man happy till he is dead." - Aeschylus
"True happiness arises, in the first place, from the
enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the
friendship and conversation of a few select
companions." - Joseph Addison
Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has
something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.
Happiness is often associated with the presence of
favourable circumstances such as a supportive family
life, a loving marriage, and economic stability. Kali
Yuga, the age of darkness, is the time when these
favourables are difficult to find.
Unfavorable circumstances - such as abusive
relationships, accidents, loss of employment, and
conflicts - diminish the amount of happiness a person
experiences. In all nations, factors such as hunger,
disease, crime, corruption, and warfare can decrease
happiness. However, according to several ancient and
modern thinkers, happiness is influenced by the
attitude and perspective taken on such circumstances.
From the observation that fish must become happy by
swimming, and birds must become happy by flying.
Aristotle points to the unique abilities of man as the
route to happiness. Of all the animals only man can sit
and contemplate reality. Of all the animals only man
can develop social relations to the political level.
Thus the contemplative life of a monk or a professor, or
the political life of a military commander or
a politician will be the happiest according to their own
The following is the self-reported positive affect
(i.e. positive emotion) during the day by 909 employed
women in USA:
Activities and their positive effect index:
Intimate relations 5.10
Watching TV 4.19
Preparing food 3.93
On the phone 3.92
Taking care of
my children 3.86
Interaction with partners:
w/ friends 4.36
w/ relatives 4.17
w/ children 4.04
w/ clients/customers 3.79
w/ co-workers 3.76
w/ boss 3.52
Happiness is not entirely psychological in
nature - it has got a biological basis too. The
neurotransmitter dopamine is involved in desire and
seems often related to pleasure. Pleasure can be
induced artificially with drugs. Use of drugs is not
some thing new, it has been used by many including
Sanyasis since millennia.
Our minds are as different as our finger prints
- no two are identical.
Happiness can not be purchased with wealth or assets.