Tuesday, 19 September 2006

Reflections on happiness

Three observations:-

-Happiness comes from the movement in life from a lower point to a higher point.
-Stagnation is boredom that leads to unhappiness.
-Sorrow is the outcome of going down from a higher point to a lower point.

So however rich or poor we are our happiness depends on the movement in life-real or perceived. Therefore the happiest is the one who has moved the most in life towards incrementally higher points, of course being offset by a few downward movements that are bound to occur.


What are your observations, thoughts, opinions about happiness? Let's share our ideas about happiness.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous rachana said...

I agree with all points you mentioned...I would say 'happiness' comes from within,,we can be happy only if we want to....we can be more happy if we desire less....

19/9/06 10:14 pm  
Blogger Shrenik said...

Happiness can also be experiential and circumstantial.

We can be happy only when we DESIRE. Infact, desire is a stimulant, which triggers happiness. Buddha DESIRED that he be happy and so he attempted to try and be happy. In the process he thought he desired less - materially. But he desired more spiritually.

Desire CAN make us Happy.

20/9/06 2:46 am  
Blogger Crunchy Weta said...

Well I have to disagree, I find happiness comes when you accept what you have rather than aiming for more- which incidentally often leads to less happiness. How much more does one need than a whole universe????

20/9/06 9:18 am  
Blogger abhay k said...

Hi Glenn,
Then happiness would become the instrument of stagnation...what's the need to move in life..do better if you are content with what you have. I agree with you that contentment is a good thing in itself but the basic nature of life and humanity is movement and we must find happiness in moving forward rather than staying there and be content.

Hi Dude,
Desire, as Buddha said in his four principles, is the cause of all misrey. I think by desire here you mean to say "conscious willingness". That way you are right that if we consciously choose to be happy we can be and thats what Buddha chose. We can choose that to be as well but you know that Buddha left his kingdom and a worldly life by making that choice while we still have to live in this materialistic world and confront a million things everyday. So in a worldly life happiness is difficult to find that way.More over humans have the choice of being happy but really how many of us really excercise it. Ultimately it boils down to moving forward in life and we only react to the events in the outer world.

Hi Rachana,
I too agree with you on the desire less front. That what Shrenik also says. Besides desiring less we have to move on in our lives.

Cheers!

20/9/06 11:58 am  

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