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Questions tagged [happiness]

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Why do we compare ourselves only with people in our circle? [on hold]

In these days, the media gave us a chance to know the conditions of all other fellow human beings devoid of time and place. We are able to know that there are people less fortunate than us. But we ...
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Have we become less happy in this age of technology? [closed]

With the growing emergence of technology and our busy routine, everyone is busy on their own; people are considering their lives so busy! Are we becoming less happy in this modern era of technology?
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Ignorance vs Knowledge - What should one strive for to live a happy life?

The title actually explains it all. If one's goal is to live one's life as a happy person, which I actually want, what would be the best course to achieve that? I for myself could find myself ...
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Where did Kant say that “happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination”?

Can somebody tell me where this famous quote comes from? I mean in which book and on which page. I want to find this in German. If someone can provide the quote in German the way Kant wrote it, I ...
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How is it possible to be thankful for what you have?

Question: How can one be thankful for what he has? Details: Many religions, philosophies and self-development lectures advocate people to become grateful for what they already have so that they can ...
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Contentedness vs Happiness

Is being contented equal to happiness? Is being happy equal to being contented? To me this is hard to determine as there are people I know who are contented with their lot, but are not completely ...
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How to be calm and content with what you have in life?

How can anyone be content and satisfied with the resorces they have? I am not talking about deprivation of basic necessaties like food, water, chothing and shelter. I am saying about the resources ...
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Intelligence, happiness, money and idols

It seems to me that nowadays, everyone runs after happiness and pleasures (each in his own way), and I suspect that attaining intelligence isn't the best way to be happy. Looking at two types of ...
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What's the best way to deal with nihilism?

I philosophically align with nihilism, but I find it incredibly disheartening. What's the best way to still feel hopeful and to enjoy life while being nihilistic? Or at least a rebuttal to it?
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When is happiness enough?

I think we'd agree happiness is not always the summum bonum. We can each, I think, imagine a very evil person who is happy in their evil, but is living badly. Perhaps likewise, a very good person, who ...
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Happiness philosophies and dealing with other people's happiness

Is there a happiness philosophy that deals with philosophy toward preserving or increasing happiness of other people, not just how to be happy yourself? Main branch of philosophy I'm familiar with ...
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How Would Hedonists View a Hypothetical “Perfect Drug”?

If there exists a "perfect" drug that could safely reproduce the exact same experience as the greatest happiness and pleasure possible for a specific candidate in every respect (hedonic, cognitive, ...
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Can happiness be measured quantitatively? such that an amount of money can buy [closed]

There is a cliche, which is often used by the middle class, saying that happiness cannot be bought and supporting their thought by stating how many rich people suicide or constantly go to ...
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A person is really sad and depressed. What should he/she do? [closed]

Things he/she is not allowed: Crying Staying alone Skipping meals Rejecting anything Running away for a change Enjoying the way he/she want Things he/she is allowed: Do things others think is fun ...
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What arguments exist against inequality in life fulfillment?

What arguments exist against inequality in life fulfillment? By life fulfillment I mean the things that one is able to enjoy in one's life and why not all people can enjoy the same things (because of ...
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If happiness is relative, why would I want to get more of it?

In my philosophy class, we talking about Aristotle and how he defined true happiness. For him, true happiness is acquired when you know yourself and accomplish yourself and false happiness is simply ...
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Is optimism delusion? [closed]

How can people be truly happy during the death of loved ones and in times of despair? Is the world a happy or sad place only depending on your outlook?
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If the question is whether you have reason to be satisfied with your life, then why does your state of mind not matter?

Source: p 110-111 Top. Happiness: A Very Short Introduction (1 ed 2013) by Daniel M. Haybron. Here, though, I am interested in the way we evaluate lives as they are lived, or when looking back ...
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Are humans social beings?

What has been said in literature about the following question? Can someone, alone on a desert island for instance, have a fulfilled life without interactions with other people? Do we need other ...
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Is happiness the coherence of belief and feeling?

I was thinking about addiction; I've enjoyed smoking for far too long. Seems to me that the "pleasure" of smoking actually has two aspects: the feeling; and the belief that you're doing the right ...
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Did Easterlin paradox and Scitovsky joyless economy disprove utilitarianism?

Utilitarianism is defined as follows: Utilitarianism is a theory in normative ethics holding that the best moral action is the one that maximizes utility. Utility is defined in various ways, but is ...
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Would Utilitarianism say that surveillance of the public is wrong?

If surveillance results in fear from the majority of the public, will Utilitarianism reject surveillance of the public for security reasons? I'm assuming this because Utilitarianism calls an action ...
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How do Aristotle and Hobbes differ in their conceptions of the human good?

Hobbes argues that the human good or 'felicity' is 'continual success in obtaining those things which a man from time to time desireth, that is to say, continual prospering' ('Leviathan', ch.6). ...
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Does it even make sense to say pleasure has an innate value

I know that Nietzsche claims that some moral systems place too much value on pleasure, and that it isn't innately valuable like they claim. I keep being struck by the idea that it having innate value ...
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Joy accompanies, joy does not move

In Will to Power, Nietzsche wrote that joy accompanies, joy does not move This claim strikes me as false. Behind this seems to be the idea that power rather happiness motivates us. But I think ...
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why is happiness induced by incongruous laughter? [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? [closed]

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 hardships?...
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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 Bertrand Russell's criticism of Stoicism as “not true” and “insincere”?

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 ...