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15.4.08

On happiness

So what exactly is it that we call ‘being’ happy?


Perhaps to realize the need others may have for us? Or, is it the same as saying ‘I am content with my life as it is’, or knowing that others fare worse?

No.

It’s the genuine feeling of nothingness. Of experiencing maybe only once (but far better on a regular basis, of course), that you can lay back, and fold your arms behind your neck.

That you can then look up, and wonder how wonderful life can be, and that you are actually there to experience it.

6 comments:

Paul said...

this is so true.

jan-grimo said...

how true.

Lieschen said...

you're right...very good "definition"...and true...

Kasu said...

I basically agree with you and it also is the definition of happiness I prefer. It's the very personal way of being happy not effected by anyone else. But, in my opinion, there are also other varieties of this feeling. I'd call it also happiness if you have an overwhelming emotion caused by a certain situation, e.g. being cuddled by someone you love or being proud of an achievement. That is, of course, more intensive and probably briefer, but it is an aspect of the same topic as your definition. To differ them, I'd call your one the happiness of complete satisfaction (maybe even "Lebensbejahung") and mine the happiness caused by an event. So, what do you think about that?

Oscar said...

i hate to say this, but...
you're so right.

Ulf Iskender Kaschl said...

@ kasu

as the 'happiness of an event' is something that is largely dependent on the outside world, I actually would not subsume it under 'happiness' in the narrower sense - what I find fundamental about the concept of happiness is that it derives purely from within.
;-)

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