Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 33
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    252
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    What is the secret to true happiness?

    Well, I donít have the definitive answer to this question, but I have a belief about it that im sure others here share.. It isnt meant for everyone, but i think the vast majority of people it will work for. If you want to find true happiness, you have come to peace with what you have. Most people are always fighting to make their life perfect. They work hard for a pay raise, or to get into a better college, or move to a bigger house; buy a better videogame that will finally satisfy them.

    Except there is a basic flaw in this goal, humans adjust to their surroundings. They get used to them. They become normal. If you are held in a prison for 30 years and tortured daily, after awhile you will get used to it. Now, at such an extreme as that, it aint ever going to just be day to day life, but you will get more used to it than you think would be possible. Same goes for bill gates.

    There are billions of people who are currently starving or on the verge of starvation, working their asses off so they donít starve. If they arenít starving they are probably pretty fucking happy. Now, you could say that they are just happy because they are ignorant to what they could have. Well, true, maybe. But then again, so are you and i, and even bill gates. Bill Gates isnít immune to disease, or stress or his ass itching. he cant fly into space without a space ship and suit. one day it will be possible, with implants if we are around for much longer.

    So, yes, bill gates' problems sound mighty minuscule in comparison to yours. But he gets used to them, just like you donít worry about starving to death or getting shot everyday, (most likely, maybe if youíre in Iraq or Afghanistan, etc).

    So the point is, no matter what you have, you will soon get used to it and it will seem normal, and soon youíll "need" more. Video game Graphics is a good example. If you could play games that were made ten years from now, you would be blown away, but people from twenty years in the future would be bored to death.

    I would encourage everyone to live homeless, or in the wilderness without any modern convince for at least 6 months straight. Of course that wont happen, but if it did, I think a lot of people would stop worrying about fashion, what kind of car they drive, their job, etc.


  2. Hide this ad by registering as a member
  3. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Philippines
    Posts
    2,925
    Thanks
    410
    Thanked 273 Times in 205 Posts
    True happiness is reaching your goals and ambitions. Some people have lots of money but they don't really have a dream, some just work to earn money even when they don't like their job. Others have no idea what they want to do in life. Chase your dreams and work it out to earn a living.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Kitimat, BC, Canada
    Posts
    899
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
    true happiness comes with non-resistance. Any time you were ever unhappy there's been some sort of resistance. Resistance to letting go of positionalities.
    Many times we let go of one positionality only to grab more tightly onto another. Let that one go as well...and continue to do so as your positionalities reveal themselves.
    Without positionalities there is no conflict...perfection becomes apparent and with that comes true happiness.

    -Rob
    My Sketchbook
    Encouragement keeps me swimming , even in the undertow of disappointment.

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    463
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    True happiness is not having goals or ambitions.
    I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more.

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Vancouver, BC
    Posts
    2,250
    Thanks
    239
    Thanked 319 Times in 109 Posts
    Find something you believe in/care about/have a passion for/love and do that.

    Surround yourself with people you believe in/care about/have a passion for/love.

    Figure out why you feel this way so you can always remind yourself when times are tough.



    0kelvin
    www.WhereIsMyEyeball.com My portfolio! Go check it out!
    Sketchbook

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Anti-Christchurch, New Zealand
    Posts
    692
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    maybe it comes from posting a bunch of patronizing, pseudo-philosophical ramblings on an art forum...

    ...you dont have to worry about...getting shot everyday, (most likely, maybe if youíre in Iraq or Afghanistan, etc).
    good lord, do you think before you post, or do you just let it spill forth unfiltered?

    anyway, we all know that happiness is warm puppy...
    ...so what if i'm bored, and ordinary?...

    currently playing: Super Mario 64 DS, ICO (grrrr....)

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Oakville, ON
    Posts
    1,989
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
    If I know I'd share it with you.



    For the record I'm not unhappy.
    ********************************
    There are 3 sides to every story. Yours, mine and THE TRUTH.

  9. #8
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Norway
    Posts
    4,047
    Thanks
    644
    Thanked 1,274 Times in 408 Posts
    Sex, beer and rock & roll.


    (or sex, drugs and rock & roll for those who prefer that.)


    oh.. and art.

  10. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    GA and the world
    Posts
    4,500
    Thanks
    65
    Thanked 122 Times in 63 Posts
    Happiness is a chemical state. I am generally very happy, but I have goals that I'm nowhere near close to finishing, I have ambitions (world-domination is a hobby), challenges, and ran out of beer days ago.

    Are you happy because you have a lot of fulfillment (friends, passionate endeavors, etc.) or are you fulfilled because you are happy? There's a mounting theory that those who are on the cusp can make the decision to be happy or not, but those whose chemical make-up is strongly on one side or the other are unable to change without significant mental training or medication (although aging can have an effect on one's chemical balance).

    Happiness is the state of being happy.
    Last edited by dogfood; May 31st, 2005 at 12:13 PM.

  11. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    1,475
    Thanks
    25
    Thanked 17 Times in 16 Posts
    There is no secret and there's no way to describe it. It's like riding a bike, as soon as you know...you wonder why didn't know before.
    [][][][] DRAW EVERYDAY [][][][]>

  12. #11
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Massachusetts USA
    Posts
    607
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
    Following your instincts, healthy diet and exercise, regular social interaction, moderation with everything, and a simple mind is a happy mind.

    Overthinking tends to worsen situations. At least for me all instincts (not all are immediate) seems to work better than the undecisive measuring of pros and cons in any situation.
    Motivation...gone.

    Sketchbook be here...

  13. #12
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    GA and the world
    Posts
    4,500
    Thanks
    65
    Thanked 122 Times in 63 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Rkhon
    ...a simple mind is a happy mind
    That's why I'm happy!
    Quote Originally Posted by Rkhon
    Overthinking tends to worsen situations.
    The key is to know when to stop thinking. Of course, that's pretty tough. For example: don't think about purple kangaroos masturbating!

    Tough, huh?

    I agree, though. While complexity may bring intellectual or nervous satisfaction, happiness is more common in simplicity.

  14. #13
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    303
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
    I heard there was a formula for happiness! " H=P+(5E)+(3H) " I don't get it either

    I'm a bit unhappy, because I always tend to look at the negative side of things rather than the bright side

  15. #14
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    MalmŲ, Sweden
    Posts
    1,127
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women!

    That is true happiness.. atleast if you ask Conan the Cimerian.

  16. #15
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    "The Emerald City"
    Posts
    491
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Thats funny I thought the key to being happy was masterbating with purple kangaroos! Its hard to do though, cause you gotta catch'em, then dye them purple, then proceed to wank your pud without getting your bits and pieces kicked off. Happyness, baa-humbug!!!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. SketchBook: The Secret Sketchbook of Secret Shame
    By kadianimation in forum Sketchbooks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: April 6th, 2013, 08:36 PM
  2. IOW #17 - Happiness - Voting
    By Aksel in forum Illustration of the Week
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: February 21st, 2012, 05:53 AM
  3. IOW #17: Happiness
    By Aksel in forum Illustration of the Week
    Replies: 31
    Last Post: February 19th, 2012, 09:34 PM
  4. Happiness
    By HanabiFestival in forum Art Critique Center
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: February 11th, 2009, 01:52 PM

Members who have read this thread: 0

There are no members to list at the moment.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Developed Actively by the makers of the Best Amazon Podcast