The Pursuit of Happiness

Springtime flowers in the forest often encourage feelings of Happiness and Joy, observing the changing seasons and nature in general can calm the mind and help one feel at peace with the world. There are several types of happiness... which one do you want to pursue? True happiness surfaces when you stop the endless pursuit of it. Enduring happiness is already present within you but you just can't see it. You won't find lasting happiness in relationships, in your job or in the temporary enjoyment of money and possessions.

Springtime flowers in the forest encourage feelings of Happiness and Joy

The Pursuit of Happiness: a Spiritual Journey... https://blog.lifestyleplus.net/happiness/the-pursuit-of-happiness.html

Treasury of Truth - Happiness

http://www.buddhanet.net/dhammapada/d_happy.htm

Happily we live, who have no property to worry about. Feeding on joy we live like deities of the Heaven of radiance.

Emotional or spiritual pain happens when people lose a sense of meaning or purpose in life and have unmet emotional or spiritual needs. ... Emotional and spiritual pain is not the same as depression, which is a recognized mental illness, although the two can happen together.Apr 7, 2015
Emotional and spiritual pain - Marie Curie ... (https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/terminal-illness/wellbeing/emotional-spiritual-pain)

There are roughly two philosophical literatures on “happiness,” each corresponding to a different sense of the term. One uses ‘happiness’ as a value term, roughly synonymous with well-being or flourishing. The other body of work uses the word as a purely descriptive psychological term, akin to ‘depression’ or ‘tranquility’. An important project in the philosophy of happiness is simply getting clear on what various writers are talking about: what are the important meanings of the term and how do they connect? While the “well-being” sense of happiness receives significant attention in the contemporary literature on well-being, the psychological notion is undergoing a revival as a major focus of philosophical inquiry, following on recent developments in the science of happiness. This entry focuses on the psychological sense of happiness (for the well-being notion, see the entry on well-being). The main accounts of happiness in this sense are hedonism, the life satisfaction theory, and the emotional state theory. Leaving verbal questions behind, we find that happiness in the psychological sense has always been an important concern of philosophers. Yet the significance of happiness for a good life has been hotly disputed in recent decades. Further questions of contemporary interest concern the relation between the philosophy and science of happiness, as well as the role of happiness in social and political decision-making.  (https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/happiness/)

 

 

Happiness & Hunger - Ven. Buddhadasa Bhikkhu … http://www.purifymind.com/HappinessHunger.htm

Keys to Natural Truth … http://www.buddhadasa.com/naturaltruth/editor.html

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What is the good life? There are at least three different types of happiness. Have you found the right right mix or do you need to change? (http://www.theworldcounts.com/life/potentials/types-of-happiness-in-psychology)

There Are Two Kinds of Happiness. Getting Outside Boosts Both. A website promoting physical activity as a means of achieving happiness... https://www.outsideonline.com/2154526/do-our-crazy-athletic-pursuits-actually-make-us-happy

Aristotle's Definition of Happiness

"Happiness depends on ourselves." More than anybody else, Aristotle enshrines happiness as a central purpose of human life and a goal in itself. As a result he devotes more space to the topic of happiness than any thinker prior to the modern era. Living during the same period as Mencius, but on the other side of the world, he draws some similar conclusions. That is, happiness depends on the cultivation of virtue, though his virtues are somewhat more individualistic than the essentially social virtues of the Confucians. Yet as we shall see, Aristotle was convinced that a genuinely happy life required the fulfillment of a broad range of conditions, including physical as well as mental well-being. In this way he introduced the idea of a science of happiness in the classical sense, in terms of a new field of knowledge.

Essentially, Aristotle argues that virtue is achieved by maintaining the Mean, which is the balance between two excesses. Aristotle's doctrine of the Mean is reminiscent of Buddha's Middle Path, but there are intriguing differences. For Aristotle the mean was a method of achieving virtue, but for Buddha the Middle Path referred to a peaceful way of life which negotiated the extremes of harsh asceticism and sensual pleasure seeking. The Middle Path was a minimal requirement for the meditative life, and not the source of virtue in itself. http://www.pursuit-of-happiness.org/history-of-happiness/aristotle/

Another extract: For Aristotle, happiness is not merely a subjective emotional state, something we have to define for ourselves as we feel it; rather, it is an objective state – closer to the concept of well-being or flourishing.  (https://blog.macat.com/aristotles-secret-happiness/)

What Is True Happiness?

When we take a moment to look at those around us, we can see that the simple wish to be happy and to avoid suffering is the common denominator that unites us all. But often we confuse happiness with a momentary state of pleasure or passing feeling of joy.  We look to experiences or material possession to bring us satisfaction.  While this is sometimes the case, the sense of pleasure is never long lasting. (http://alwayswellwithin.com/2011/02/08/what-is-true-happiness/)

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