What is the secret to happiness?

 John Cooper (@John Cooper)7 years, 4 months ago

What do you think?

January 29, 2014 at 1:25 pm
Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 7 years, 4 months ago ago

Happiness is a myth in my opinion, but I do believe we can be passionate about something and embracing it gives a fulfilment in our lives. But a passion has the potential to make you incredibly miserable at times, some of them all the time, but they are worth it, and if you do find the occasional thing that makes you genuinely happy, they come and go, and when they go you will always have that passion to fall back on to get you through.

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Stephani (176) (@dancingscyphozoa) 7 years, 4 months ago ago

The secret is being joyful.

I know this sounds weird but I believe the etymology of words holds more power over our subconscious than we might think.

Happiness comes from the old Norse word “happ” which means luck (think hap-less chap: an unlucky person, or mishap: an unlucky accident). So by these means, unhappy is unlucky and happy is lucky. Which is fine but these are out of our control, we can’t decide to be lucky or unlucky in a day. It’s just something that happens along with your environment.

This is where joy comes into play. Joy is derived from French’s “joie” which is from Latin’s “gaudere” which means “to rejoice”. So being joyful is to be full of rejoice, which comes from within.

Even looking at today’s definitions:
Happy:
1. feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.
2.fortunate and convenient.
Joyful:
1.feeling, expressing, or causing great pleasure and happiness.

So, I believe that being joyful and putting forth “great pleasure” in this world will bring you luck and happiness. :)

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John Cooper (5) (@John Cooper) 7 years, 4 months ago ago

About that rejoice. Sometimes I think hope and pursuing dreams are more joyful than to experience the dream itself.

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Stephani (176) (@dancingscyphozoa) 7 years, 4 months ago ago

There have been scientific studies on this sort of thing and it was found that the pursuit of something in itself is indeed more rewarding than receiving what we were in pursuit for.

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Anonymous (175) (@) 7 years, 4 months ago ago

to do what one pleases when one pleases.

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