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Old 09-29-2010, 10:23 AM   #21
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I am happiest when I am living in the moment (as the Buddhist say).

That happiness is reduced when I allow fears of the future and issues from the past encroach on the moment. Much of my life in the past was overshadowed by thinking about the future. I think I am in a period where issues from the past have edged out the future - a ratio of 40/20/40 past/future/present. This transition might be why studies show people over a certain age (65?) are happy - we get to a ratio of 20/20/60 past/future/present - where we are mostly living in the present, as an example.
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Old 09-29-2010, 10:30 AM   #22
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I'd have to say that for me, it is ice cream.

And being rid of my slave masters / baby sitters.
I like to eat a lot
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In Spain we associate happiness to having all these 3 things equally balanced: Good health, money and love. They are part of the lyrics ov a very popular folk song.
At the same time, we have a very common saying when facing a bad situation or phase in life: As long as one has "a good health"
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I've read that happiness is internal. You are either generally a happy/content person or you're not. Situations can temporarily change your happiness level, but generally one will fall back into a natural temperament.

Example: a person who tends to be temperamentally unhappy wins the lottery and has his greatest wish fulfilled by moving to Figi to surf all day. Once the excitement wears off of the win and the move, the generally unhappy person will invariablu find things in the new life to be unhappy about....it's just the way he is.

I agree with the observation. I don't think that any amount of money, fame, material goods, etc can change who we basically are.
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I agree with the observation. I don't think that any amount of money, fame, material goods, etc can change who we basically are.
That is true. And that truth would get out more if there was a way to make money from it. I also think that point of view is more wide spread outside the USA.
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