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Old 08-24-2008, 01:11 AM
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In pursuit of happiness

Quote taken from a bbc series on happiness.

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Richer but no happier

Happiness researchers have been monitoring people's life satisfaction for decades.


Happy people have close friends

Yet despite all the massive increase in our wealth in the last 50 years our levels of happiness have not increased.

"Standard of living has increased dramatically and happiness has increased not at all, and in some cases has diminished slightly," said Professor Daniel Kahneman of the University of Princeton.

"There is a lot of evidence that being richer... isn't making us happier"

The research suggests that richer countries do tend to be happier than poor ones, but once you have a home, food and clothes, then extra money does not seem to make people much happier.

It seems that that level is after average incomes in a country top about £10,000 a year.

Scientists think they know the reason why we do not feel happier despite all the extra money and material things we can buy.

First, it is thought we adapt to pleasure. We go for things which give us short bursts of pleasure whether it is a chocolate bar or buying a new car.

But it quickly wears off.

You can't take a grouch and make him giggle all the time.
Philosophers have pondered the question of happiness, and the difference between happiness and pleasure for thousands of years. Scientists are involved aswell and now have a scale for measuring happiness, It's a bit crude, based on asking people how happy they are in different circumstances and rating the happiness on a scale of 1 - 10.
Mankind is continually on a happiness pursuit it's the reason for all of our actions. You can find out more about happiness by following the link.
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:55 AM
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The feeling of happiness comes from our brain. Everyone pursuits the happy life which someone thinks that depends on the wealth. But I think that the healthy mind plays the most important role. The life of healthy mind is the key to the real happiness.
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Old 08-25-2008, 10:52 AM
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Happiness is to the ability to appreciate simple joy in life in the midst of heavy storms. One must be really lucky to experience several of these to become a happy yet tough person.
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People who work very hard at making other people unhappy must be miserable themselves.

To bad. There's alot of things in the world to be grateful for and that makes me happy continuously.

Thank you.

Being a grouch was never in my character; but I have had my moments. Oh yeah.
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