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Happiness [Apr. 27th, 2004|10:06 am]
Tony Grist
Happiness is when you don't know you're happy- when you're absorbed in whatever you're doing and things just flow. If you start to think, "this is happiness" you've distanced yourself from the pure state and the happiness is already in the past.

From: amritarosa
2004-04-27 09:02 am (UTC)
I agree. Clinical depression as a real illness aside, I think that sometimes people think there's something wrong with them if they do get sad, miserable & unhappy on a regular basis - the prevailing feeling being that a person ought to be either happy or at least "just ok" all the time. I think that's unrealistic.

There are so many shades of perception and reaction to this life, this place we are in these bodies. The lows make the highs sweeter, make them possible by contrast.
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[User Picture]From: craftyailz
2004-04-27 09:15 am (UTC)


Sometimes though is recognising unhappiness for what it is. It transfers itself over to the physical sometimes just to get recognised.
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From: amritarosa
2004-04-27 09:23 am (UTC)

Re: Happiness

True. Looking at these feelings directly seems the best way. Harder to do than to say, though :-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-04-27 11:08 am (UTC)
I think of happiness as lying near the middle of the scale. Beyond happiness are states like joy and ecstacy which are certainly only sustainable for very brief periods. Happiness is what I felt the other day when I was sitting on the beach chucking stones in the sea. But, yes, we can only know we have been happy if we have also been unhappy.
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