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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Rubrics of Happiness

I was asked, 'What can ensure my happiness?' I replied, 'Eliminate surprise; do not under-estimate the bad. Eliminate disappointment; do not over-estimate the good.'

8 comments:

Lycanthrope said...

That's beautiful.

Mauro C. said...

Hi there,
You have a Great Blog Award to collect in 1 Million Love Messages.
Best regards from Portugal :)

.ink. said...

My heart jumped with this news. Honored and humbly accepted. Very best regards from Croatia ' -)

Monday Morning Power said...

I must ask; your quotes....are they your? Did you create them? They are all very thought-provoking and, I believe, true.

BTW, I found you through Mauro and then I read because of your happiness post. I have written a great deal on happiness, and I must respectfully disagree with your assessment. My original quote and a few sentences out of my article: “Human nature is what drives us; happiness is what sustains us.” Think of two perpendicular lines, one vertical (pointing up) and the other horizontal (pointing sideways.) The one pointing up represents human nature, a constant up-hill battle to achieve. The one pointing sideways represents happiness. We have the ability to maximize happiness no matter where we are on the vertical line, by the simple process of choice.

.ink. said...

Yes, all here is from mind-to-pen mine. I appreciate your comment that they are thought provoking. They are intended to be .-)

I have been considering these past two months to address the story behind some of these posts...but I have also been on the fence whether to continue the blog. Absorbed in 'redesigning' it has postponed a final decision.

I am happy you discovered the blog through Mauro and agree with your remarks on happiness.

The post was addressing a question on how to *ensure* happiness, not how to acquire it or describe its nature, etc. .-)

And as for 'the simple process of choice': you touched a subject dear to me .-) A dear friend has persistently annoyed me by insisting I throw my two cents in the bucket on the subject.

Why I haven't? I spoke with the people of a very famous speaker from the U.S. several years ago on this subject. The outcome and plagiarism was contemptible. I have never mentioned this event again until now...and will let it rest again.

Incidentally, I visited your blog briefly & look forward visiting it again soon.

Monday Morning Power said...

I look forward to reading the stories behind the quotes.

I do hope you stay with the blog; you have obvious talent.

I must qualify my statement about choice; in my post I do exclude "clinical depression" and "chemical imbalance" from the "choice." Unfortunately choice is not an option nor is it simple in these cases.

I do hope to see you at my site again. Next time leave a comment so that I know you were there.

Mini-News said...

I came to conclusion the happiness does depend on MONEY. But not in a direct proportion:

A poor becomes super happy if he/she first achieves some middle level. And that cannot be said about a billioner who earns his hext million!

.ink. said...

I agree with you, mini-news .-) And we can look at it this way, too: If we were all farmers, the most important thing would be that we can all live day to day with what we need to eat and keep us alive and comfortable. If we were all farmers, and there were some farmers that had much more than us, no matter, so what! there stomachs can hold no more than ours .-)

The one thing that should (or does?) matter to those who have more than they can eat, is what they do with it. Do they help others? .-)

For those farmers who have so much, more than most, most only look at number, and the bigger the number of what these farmers have, the more important they appear. With so much, they never want to see the number going down .-) Unless its only to give a handful of corn .-)

Better to be a human being in the fullest sense than to be a manikin for wealth.