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The Art of Happiness
    #4695156 - 09/22/05 02:49 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

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The Art of Happiness is based on a few basic premises:

1. The purpose of life is happiness.

2. Happiness is determined more by the state of one?s mind than by one?s external conditions, circumstances, or events?at least once one?s basic survival needs are met.

3. Happiness can be achieved through the systematic training of our hearts and minds, through reshaping our attitudes and outlook.

4. The key to happiness is in our own hands.


Starting with these fundamental principles, the books continue with an in depth investigation of human happiness. The Art of Happiness offers a variety of techniques to help overcome the destructive mental states that are the source of much of our misery?mental states such as anger, hatred, greed, jealousy, discouragement and fear.




One of my all-time favorite books. I recently started re-reading it for the 4th or 5th time, and find that I get more out of it with each read. The principles seem so simple, I almost want to say "well, DUH!" and yet the application is both extremely challenging and enormously rewarding!

Have you read this book yet? What do you think?

Are we here to be happy?


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Re: The Art of Happiness [Re: Veritas]
    #4695168 - 09/22/05 02:51 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Ravus sez NO! :mushroom2:


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" All that lives was born to die"-Anom.

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Re: The Art of Happiness [Re: Icelander]
    #4695177 - 09/22/05 02:53 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Hey, watch it or I will have to report you for not contributing anything meaningful to my thread!  :grin:


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Re: The Art of Happiness [Re: Icelander]
    #4695183 - 09/22/05 02:55 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Don't all living creatures seek pleasure and avoid pain? Yes we are here to be happy and we have a right to be happy (something the Dalai Lama touched on the other day here in Austin).


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Re: The Art of Happiness [Re: Veritas]
    #4695189 - 09/22/05 02:57 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

WTF are you talking about? Are you saying that Ravus's POV is meaningless. And do you mean, meaningless in an existential sense?


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" All that lives was born to die"-Anom.

With much wisdom comes much sorrow,
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Re: The Art of Happiness [Re: Icelander]
    #4695206 - 09/22/05 03:01 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Ravus says that everything is meaningless, so how could his POV be the exception?  :grin:

No, I was joking about you posting without adequate respect for my stated topic/question.  :wink:


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Re: The Art of Happiness [Re: Veritas]
    #4695282 - 09/22/05 03:13 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Respect? I'll give you some respect. :villagepeople:


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" All that lives was born to die"-Anom.

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Re: The Art of Happiness [Re: Icelander]
    #4695297 - 09/22/05 03:15 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

LOL Yes, I'll go there later to pick up my little guy.  :grin:


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Re: The Art of Happiness [Re: Veritas]
    #4695414 - 09/22/05 03:49 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

ya'll are silly.


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Re: The Art of Happiness [Re: MJF]
    #4695447 - 09/22/05 03:57 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Yes I need to get on topic. My bad. But the problem is I almost always agree with that mysterious poster Veritas. :shocked:


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" All that lives was born to die"-Anom.

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Re: The Art of Happiness [Re: Icelander]
    #4695452 - 09/22/05 03:58 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

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Icelander said:
Ravus sez NO! :mushroom2:




Only to the first point. My purpose to life is not happiness, so evidently THE purpose to life is not happiness. I'd much rather be a depressed and powerful dictator than a happy hermit anyday.


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So long as you are praised think only that you are not yet on your own path but on that of another.


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Re: The Art of Happiness [Re: Ravus]
    #4695500 - 09/22/05 04:12 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Not me dude. Happy hermit or anything else is for me. I have a different view of what power is. You and I make a nice  :yinyang:


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" All that lives was born to die"-Anom.

With much wisdom comes much sorrow,
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Re: The Art of Happiness [Re: Ravus]
    #4695512 - 09/22/05 04:16 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

I bet your reason for wanting to be a depressed dictator has something to do with happiness...or pleasure. Just the fact that you prefer one over the other kinda proves it.


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Re: The Art of Happiness [Re: Veritas]
    #4695615 - 09/22/05 04:41 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

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Veritas said:
4. The key to happiness is in our own hands.





that's what superman thought & look what a horse did to him!


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Re: The Art of Happiness [Re: qhr0me]
    #4695635 - 09/22/05 04:44 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Does supposing that the key is in our hands mean we have control of it?


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Re: The Art of Happiness [Re: qhr0me]
    #4695638 - 09/22/05 04:45 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Wow, that's a really cynical and bitter article.

How do you know Christopher Reeve wasn't happy after his accident? The fact that he became an activist points to him believing his happiness WAS in his hands, even after he was paralyzed from the neck down.


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Re: The Art of Happiness [Re: qhr0me]
    #4695649 - 09/22/05 04:48 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Ha! Great read. :thumbup: Although it has nothing to do with this subject really. How do you know that CR was ever happy a day in his life?


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" All that lives was born to die"-Anom.

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Re: The Art of Happiness [Re: Veritas]
    #4695658 - 09/22/05 04:50 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

You think Maddox is cynical? He's one of the great writers of our age.

http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=astrology


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Re: The Art of Happiness [Re: Ravus]
    #4695665 - 09/22/05 04:51 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

I didn't criticize his writing ability, just observed his attitude.


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Re: The Art of Happiness [Re: Veritas]
    #4695669 - 09/22/05 04:53 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

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Veritas said:
Wow, that's a really cynical and bitter article.

How do you know Christopher Reeve wasn't happy after his accident? The fact that he became an activist points to him believing his happiness WAS in his hands, even after he was paralyzed from the neck down.




This is one of those rare times I'm going to disagree with you. The points in that article were for the most part spot on IMO.


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" All that lives was born to die"-Anom.

With much wisdom comes much sorrow,
The more knowledge, the more grief.
Ecclesiastes circa 350 BC


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