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Why happiness is induced by that which baffles us: What does laughter reveals about human nature? [closed]

I will attempt to be prompt. Variables/strings/operators: *The prime symbol (') will be used as an operator for an action's derivative [here, meaning antecedent] (e.g (eating a sandwich)' = ...
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Should I be content with short-term happiness and avoid thinking about long-term concerns?

I am very happy, if judged from a third-party perspective. I have absolutely no problems related to relationships, behaviour, health, finance, knowledge, etc. In fact, lately, I've been getting ...
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How can one enjoy permanent well-being?

This is the question everyone wants the answer to. And I am not sure that any one human, or even all of them, can answer it. But how can I experience permanent well-being, in spite of life's ...
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What is it like to be happy?

I accept that pain is a quale, or qualia. But does anyone suggest that happiness and sadness, aren't - that someone who has never been happy doesn't learn what happiness is by being happy, that we ...
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“pleasure” vs “happiness”

With regards to the field of philosophy, are there any notable precise definitions of "pleasure" and "happiness"? How does "pleasure" compare to "happiness" and vice-versa?
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Is it better to maximize my own happieness or maximising the happieness of others around me so that I can feel happy for and with them?

Is it better to maximize my own happiness or maximising the happieness of others around me so that I can feel happy for and with them? Everybody makes sure they are happy --> Everybody is happy ...
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How might one counter this criticism of Stoicism by Bertrand Russell?

Reading about Stoicism, I have encountered a criticism to which I cannot form a strong counter-argument. Did anyone or can anyone provide a rebuttal to the following argument against Stoicism? ...
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Do experiences need to be “real” to be worthwhile or desireable?

This is an offshoot of another discussion: Can "expected future happiness" be quantified, or at least ranked among alternative futures?, where both respondents brought up the concept of the ...
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Can “expected future happiness” be quantified, or at least ranked among alternative futures?

Question prompted by Sam Harris' "The Moral Landscape", where he argues that "well being" can serve as an objective measure for ethics. If we define "well-being" as the expected value of future ...
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What is your definition of happiness? [closed]

My primary question is your personal definition of happiness. What I have understood so far is there is some feeling which I have felt which makes me feel happy. This happens in different occasions, ...
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Are people happier now than 100 years ago? 1000 years ago? 10000 years ago? [closed]

I don't know if this goes under philosophy, but I made an account here because I got really curious about this. I feel like the more materialistic society gets, we get less and less happy, but I am ...
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Moral Duty and Happiness: Are Both Achievable?

I have studied a little Philosophy and done a lot of thinking about moral duty, individualism and communities. I have come to the belief that it is one person's duty to assist the community event at ...
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How is knowing that I am going to die influencing my life?

Does the fact that I know I am going to die make me superior in a sense to all the other living creatures that have no understanding of this event? Is the fact that I know that one day I am going to ...
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Does happiness motivate every action?

Pascal wrote: All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the ...