What is Happiness?
Are we aware of its presence or absence?
Is it organic? Meaning it percolates within us, bubbling to the surface, and expressed through facial expression? Or is it environmental? Meaning it is outside of us, an experience we find pleasing and therefore are happy?
Is Happiness found in things? The greater the thing, the greater the Happiness. Where can Happiness be found?
Many great thinkers hypothesize that Happiness is an emotional state.
From 1958-2008 I’d always had a fairly good idea of what would/could/should make/keep/prolong my idea of Happiness.
And yet its achievement was surely impossible: my Happiness hung inches out of reach like that carrot on a stick, the absence of it’s possession was goading, taunting, irritating; what was at first a quest for joy, soon curdled, and its promise soured.
The greek philosopher Epicurus emphasized that Happiness meant being untroubled and absent of pain.
Aristotle, the father of modern drama said of Happiness, “Happiness depends upon ourselves.
The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer “The two enemies of human Happiness are pain and boredom.” He also said that humans have high expectations. Man should lower his expectations and remember to aim low.”
If Schopenhauer is correct, then depression is percolating cup after cup of Happiness!
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