Is happiness a temporary or permanent state?

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Are you happy? What does that mean? Does that mean you'll never be unhappy? Does that mean you are happy at the moment?

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Is happiness something we constantly seek? Can we ever get there? If we get there will we always be there?
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  • Profile picture of the author bozz723
    Happiness is a mood in my opinion. It is something we all search for constantly. It is a never ending battle to gain happiness, and there is no way in hell it is permanent. The more you work on it, the more you get it.
  • Profile picture of the author chinweike
    We don't seek hapiness, else, it will elude us. happiness comes only to those that do this that delight them.

    That means happiness come to those that always do what they love and stay with almost forever.

    Get motivated by what you do and be happy!!
  • Profile picture of the author runfast
    Happiness is a choice. Contentment is a choice. But often we allow circumstances to make our choice. Right now I'm happy because I'm thankful for the little I have.

    Now how many of you met people that have "eveything" and are not happy? You will never find happiness on the outside, It must from within.

    My two cents
  • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
    There are so many avenues that we could be happy or unhappy in, so it is quite possible to be both at the same time but in different areas of our lives.

    I try to personally always have atleast one branch in my life where I am happy, so that I can always retreat there when life gets a little tough and see if I can extend it over into other parts.

    We are multi-faceted people with multifaceted lives, so I believe that you can always be happy with something if you just search a little.

    MissTerraK
  • Profile picture of the author amaechi007
    Happiness is everyone's ultimate aim. It can be fleeting but internal peace and fullfillment can be lasting and permanent. I don't think we can attain the ultimate state of happiness in mortality.
  • Profile picture of the author he_who_brings_order
    Maybe you can not always be happy. But you can always have a calm presence of mind.
    • Profile picture of the author Scorpiocore
      Originally Posted by he_who_brings_order View Post

      Maybe you can not always be happy. But you can always have a calm presence of mind.
      I totally agree with that
  • Profile picture of the author ReneeArticles
    Originally Posted by Scott Ames View Post

    Are you happy? What does that mean? Does that mean you'll never be unhappy? Does that mean you are happy at the moment?




    Is happiness something we constantly seek? Can we ever get there? If we get there will we always be there?
    Perhaps when one has found peace, one will find happiness.

    Renee
    • Profile picture of the author adodis
      Happiness comes with satisfaction in life.If we are not satisfied we feel unhappy,I.e.,desires are things that make people feel happy or unhappy.
  • Profile picture of the author richjerk321
    Happiness comes and goes as soon as your thought changes.

    Therefore, in order to stay happy all the time, control and guide your thoughts to think positive thoughts.
    • Profile picture of the author Racquel_McFarlane07
      Your happiness factor will be relative to the thoughts you are thinking in any one moment. if you want happiness, you have to set your intention to be happy, and make a deliberate choice to focus on pleasing things. Happiness is always a choice, so... get happy!
  • Profile picture of the author cgcmarketing
    Happiness can be a permanent state as long as you condition the mind to think in a certain way. Things will happen that are out of your control, and trust me, many of them will not be things you would have hoped for. The #1 key to staying happy is understanding that when an obstacle is thrown your way, you need to step back and determine a few different things. Is there ANYTHING I can do to fix this? If so, WHAT will I do? If you can determine solutions, and then pick a solution, your mind will be at ease, and you can continue to be happy while you are working through the problem. If there is NOTHING you can do about the obstacle, then you need to accept that, and accept whatever consequence the obstacle brings, and move on, doing your best to prevent obstacles of a similar nature in the future.

    People who are not happy just do not know how to handle obstacles in their life. Once they determine exactly HOW they will handle obstacles, they will find happiness.
  • Profile picture of the author warrior4life
    For me, hapiness can be a temporary state and it can also be a permanent state. The choice is yours because you are in control of your own mind.
    • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
      Happiness tends to be a choice made on a moment to moment
      basis. You need to live in the now to be truly happy, because
      past happiness is a memory, and future happiness won't
      make you happy where it counts, in the present.

      There are many conditions some of us may face that make
      ongoing happiness difficult - but if you're healthy and able-
      bodied you can pretty much choose to be happy if you
      want.

      That being said, we are biological machines - and I've made
      a study of this - if you eat foods and engage in habits which
      acidify your blood, happiness is significantly harder to
      maintain in an ongoing way.

      Happiness is a habit - but so are the dietary and behavioral
      habits that support the happiness habit.
  • Profile picture of the author Megas
    Originally Posted by honestbizpro View Post

    All babies are born happy....until we condition them not to be.
    Is that why they cry until we comfort them?

    I think happiness is a state of mind, and that is relative.

    Fulfillment on the other hand is something you can build your life around.

    When we feel like we're constantly growing then we feel happy most of the time and fulfilled.
  • Profile picture of the author Hulbert
    I think happiness is temporary. It is not everlasting such as things like peace, joy, and love.
  • Profile picture of the author Mr. Enthusiastic
    I believe that happiness is a state of satisfaction upon finding that one's life is balanced and harmonious, with everything we need and desire. Since circumstances are always changing, and people always have the capacity to change and grow, happiness is elusive. What used to be balanced and harmonious needs to be updated. Therefore we lose the old happiness of the past, and gain the motivation to make changes that will bring us new happiness in the future.
  • Profile picture of the author visit_faraz
    Speaking from personal experience, happiness is very very temporary.
    Maybe I could also say that "not being happy" is the default state and therefore we have to keep on
    reading positive stuff, trying to do things and always keep trying to get there by some means or the other.

    Faraz
  • Profile picture of the author THY
    I believe happiness is about satisfaction and achieving what's you've set out as part of your target. Certain people might not be happy even though the target has been breached while others will be filled with joy even though the target is partially met. It's the level of expectation that we are talking about here and be contended with what you've gained.
  • Profile picture of the author Nathan Alexander
    I don't know about happiness, I think that's fleeting. And it depends on the object of your happiness.

    When that changes, maybe your happiness does to. I think your happiness is tied to the presence of whatever it is that makes you happy - and it's condition affects the condition of your happiness.

    Joy?

    That (to me) is more intrinsic. That isn't tied to "outside" so much as "inside". It's embarrassing, but I can't remember the name of the incredible man that lived through Auschwitz and wrote about his experiences in his book.

    He wrote something to the effect that he made his choice to be happy - happy to still be alive and that kind of thing. It's embarrassing to mangle something so profound like that from someone so meaningful.

    But despite the details, it did stick with me. Victor F. or something like that? Maybe someone here knows.
    • Profile picture of the author Mr. Enthusiastic
      Originally Posted by Nathan Alexander View Post

      I can't remember the name of the incredible man that lived through Auschwitz and wrote about his experiences in his book.
      You're on the right track, Nathan. It was Viktor Frankl with his book, Man's Search for Meaning. He discussed three sources of meaning we could create in our lives: to do work that matters; to have love for someone or something that matters; if we can't work or love, to exercise "the last human freedom" - our choice of attitude - in the face of inescapable suffering. Very powerful ideas.
    • Profile picture of the author successfulmom
      Happiness is very temporary for most.

      Ultimately, happiness is a choice!


      Sometimes, we just need a reminder to be positive in a bad sitution and realize that things could be worse. Be happy with who we are and what we do have ...rather than what we think we are lacking.
  • Profile picture of the author Mr. Enthusiastic
    There's something that really stands out to me as I read through the whole thread.

    Everyone has their own unique definition of what "happiness" means!

    Therefore:
    • there is no such thing as an objective truth about happiness... all we can do is each try to define and live it for ourselves... and we cause a lot of pointless pain when we try to tell each other how to be happy by our definition inside someone else's life...
    • OR... there is an objective truth to happiness in human nature, and most of us have got it wrong (since we each have our own definition)... probably causing a lot of pointless pain because of this misunderstanding
    That's not a very happy thought, is it?
  • Profile picture of the author ngseosept
    Happiness may be a temporary state, but we can always choose to achieve that state of strive to always feel happy and content. It depends on what our outlook on life is. It's a choice.
  • Profile picture of the author samthor
    happiness is a byproduct of certain actions. its temporary cause everything is in a state of change. you have to change with it.
  • Profile picture of the author Arun Kumar
    Happiness is a temporary state. It is no longer permanent!

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