There’s no doubt that we all want to be happy but it is almost impossible for many in the world and the others few, who might think that they are happy, can just have illusion,therefore, The main question is; “what is really HAPPINESS?”
You surely know too that the money never really brings happiness in our life, it is as I think, just an object to spend. I have seen many rich people who are not happy, even depressive in their life; a very simple example is the sad story of the latest Persian royal family in which two of four children of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi & Farah Diba the Queen, commit suicide though, they took a huge money with, when they left Iran after the Islamic revolution.
So, then what it should be; the happiness for us human? There are surely many moments in our life in which we feel happy; laughing, having fun etc. but what I mean is the real happiness which we can have it with us all the time!
Let me just say my attitude of happiness first, before these great philosophers speak, if I could allow myself! 😉
Of course, I don’t want to say I have found the key to happiness, therefore, I am happy, no! It is a very difficult deed. We must leave the negative feelings like; greed and jealousy and envy. Then we’ll find the might of the Less! I mean if we try to enjoy with less of everything in life, we’d find the joy. I hope I can explain what I mean;
To have enough is something impossible, there is no doubt, then we must find out how to enjoy what we already have. And in my opinion, it is real happiness.
Now let’s talk the great thinkers with many thanks to Searching The Meaning Of Life! https://searchingthemeaningoflife.wordpress.com/
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Socrates, Confucius, Russell, Nietzsche and some other holy monsters of philosophy knew what we insist on ignoring and remain unhappy or even compromised.
“The secret of happiness, you see, is not to seek more, but to shape the skill of enjoying the least.” For our Socrates, happiness was not a matter of external factors but a product of internal processes …
We rely on the manuals and the guides of happiness, we are looking for a motto that makes up our day and amulets that keep us away from moods and moments of misery and ignore the obvious, what others – with spirits far wider than ours – had discovered and shared with humanity. Who said that philosophy is just a boring science and not a compass to make anyone happy in everyday life? What would Socrates think, for example, if he saw us drowning in a spoonful of water? What did Confucius consider as the quintessence of happiness? A glance at what she believed – and her nakedness – 9 of the greatest philosophers of all time, might change the way we deal with her life and its (her) difficulties.
Bertrand Russell “Of all the preventive measures we take, the most deadly and the one that kills our likelihood of true happiness is to protect ourselves from love.” And that was what Russell said, a lover of mathematics, science and rationality if he says something.
Friedrich Nietzsche “Happiness is the feeling that power is growing – that resistance is neutralized.” Expecting, but interesting, the approach of Nietzsche, who believed that happiness lies in the control that one can exercise in his environment and in himself. This feeling that someone has the control of his experiences, guarantees a happy life, always according to the philosopher.
John Stuart Mill “I have learned to seek happiness by defining my desires rather than trying to satisfy them.” The expected approach by the father of liberalism, which when the conversation was about personal life and happy life, was more of an ancient Greek ideal: his happiness had a limit, in order for others to be happy.
Socrates “The secret of happiness, you see, is not to seek more, but to shape the skill of enjoying the least.” For our own Socrates, happiness was not a matter of external factors, but a product of internal processes. By harnessing the desire for more and more goods – or what everyone wants – we learn to appreciate the simple and real joys of life.
PS; Oops! It seems that Socrates is also in the same opinion as me 😀
Confucius “The more man meditates on the good, the better he will become his world and the world all.” These by the philosopher who inspired the movement of positive thinking and behavioural psychology, which prompted mankind to seek the deepest connection of feelings, thoughts and behaviours. According to the Confucian theorem, happiness is but a prophecy that each fulfils for himself, discovering the deepest ideals that nourish his existence.
Seneca “The greatest blessings of mankind lie within us. The wise man is content with what he has, no matter what these are, without praying for what he does not have. ” The Stoic philosopher, with similar thoughts, has established what we know as a centre of our desires in modern psychology. For the followers of his theory, this centre lives forever and guides safely and wisely their movements as an inspired, exogenous force.
Lao Tse “If you feel sad you live in the past. If you are anxious, you live in the future. If you are peaceful, you live in the present. ” One of the most prominent figures of Chinese philosophy, already in the 6th century BC, knew what we are constantly saying to ourselves-and we believe it: live the moment. Modern psychology, adopting his view, argues that the happiest people are devoted to what they do when they do it.
Soren Kierkegaard “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality that we must experience”. The Danish philosopher, theologian and poet who went a little further to Lao Tse’s thought had suggested: everything is best treated when we cease to think of them as problems, but experiences that we must somehow handle. From our handling depends on our happiness. Simple.
Henry David Thoreau “Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more she escapes. But if you turn your attention to something else, she will come to sit gently on your shoulder. ” In other words, one of the greatest proponents of world literature explains why the hunt of happiness – and the routine that draws it – dissolves the magic of surprise. The less committed to the habit, the more a wider, almost secular view of all those that-whenever it wants-brings life. Which come when we cease to wait with the watch in hand.
With data from Independent