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BlueHeronDruid

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 7:01pm

 islander wrote:

It's been about as successful as the war on (some) drugs you tried in the spring of 1989...

 
I was drug-free in the spring of 1989, I'll have you know.

Also, in spite of loss, a serious health crisis, various calamities, stress and certain levels of clinical depression, I'm just about the happiest person I know.
islander

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 6:58pm

 BlueHeronDruid wrote:
WHAT?!?! There's a war on the state of mind I decided to adopt in the spring of 1989? Why, I oughtta Photobucket

 
It's been about as successful as the war on (some) drugs you tried in the spring of 1989...
hippiechick

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 6:57pm

 kurtster wrote:

What is the or a primary source of happiness ?

 
Acceptance
hippiechick

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 6:57pm

 buzz wrote:

Nothing in your past has shaped the person you are today?

 
In a perfect world that would be true, but I make a point of not letting my past define me, and I am happiest when I am living in the present.
BlueHeronDruid

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 6:56pm

WHAT?!?! There's a war on the state of mind I decided to adopt in the spring of 1989? Why, I oughtta Photobucket
Umberdog

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 6:56pm

 kurtster wrote:

What is the or a primary source of happiness ?

 
I would have to say, innocence.

... and possibly warm apple pie.
kurtster

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 6:54pm

 hippiechick wrote:

None of this has anything to do with happiness.

 
What is the or a primary source of happiness ?
hippiechick

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 6:53pm

 islander wrote:

Actually, it does. A lot of happiness is how you deal with things. Life is going to throw a lot of crap at us all. Being able to deal with it in a constructive manner makes being happy easier. 

 
You are correct; however, external forces are not what determines our happiness, nor does our pas or our future. You can choose to be happy at any moment in your life, no matter what your external circumstances are. Happiness is internal. 
Umberdog

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 6:53pm

 hippiechick wrote:

None of this has anything to do with happiness.

 

A small country has fewer people. 
Though there are machines that can work ten to a hundred times faster than man, they are not needed. 
The people take death seriously and do not travel far. 
Though they have boats and carriages, no one uses them. 
Though they have armor and weapons, no one displays them. 
Men return to the knotting of rope in place of writing. 
Their food is plain and good, their clothes fine but simple, their homes secure; 
They are happy in their ways. 
Though they live within sight of their neighbors, 
And crowing cocks and barking dogs are heard across the way, 
Yet they leave each other in peace while they grow old and die.

~ Lao Tzu. 


 


buzz

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 6:53pm

 hippiechick wrote:

No, happiness has to do with acceptance of the present. Your childhood and your past is not who you are today. 

 
Nothing in your past has shaped the person you are today?
lily34

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 6:52pm

 buzz wrote:

The way we grow up and the things/life lessons we learn, have nothing to do with happiness?

 

hippiechick

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 6:51pm

 buzz wrote:

The way we grow up and the things/life lessons we learn, have nothing to do with happiness?

 
No, happiness has to do with acceptance of the present. Your childhood and your past is not who you are today. 
islander

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 6:51pm

 hippiechick wrote:

Again, none of this has any relationship to happiness.

 
Actually, it does. A lot of happiness is how you deal with things. Life is going to throw a lot of crap at us all. Being able to deal with it in a constructive manner makes being happy easier. 
buzz

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 6:50pm

 hippiechick wrote:

None of this has anything to do with happiness.

 
The way we grow up and the things/life lessons we learn, have nothing to do with happiness?
hippiechick

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 6:47pm

 kurtster wrote:

Thanks for sharing your views on this topic.  These are the kinds of thoughts that I hoped this discussion would bring forth at this stage.

And to buddy way earlier.



 
None of this has anything to do with happiness.
kurtster

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 6:46pm

 islander wrote:

Learning how to deal with life's inevitable setbacks makes people happier than believing they will always be happy because it was decried that way by some one who wanted to avoid conflict.  That second one - part of the everyone get's a trophy generation, is going to suffer a lot more with life's real setbacks.

 
Thanks for sharing your views on this topic.  These are the kinds of thoughts that I hoped this discussion would bring forth at this stage.

And to buddy way earlier.


Umberdog

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 6:45pm

I raised no children, but I remember being a child. In certain ways it was the most wonderful, confusing, terrible, and longed for times of my life.

Had I known then what I know now... Had I the innocence now that I had then... Life is losses and gains and a perspective of the two.


buzz

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 6:45pm

 hippiechick wrote:

They just were.

 
Were what? Did you use your parents as models to raise your kids?
hippiechick

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 6:44pm

 islander wrote:

And I could tell you all kinds of stories that illustrate the beneficial affects of competitive sports in elementary school*.

*- I went to elementary school, so I assume I'm qualified to comment here. 

 
Again, none of this has any relationship to happiness.
islander

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Posted: Dec 9, 2012 - 6:43pm

 hippiechick wrote:

Totally not true.

I could tell you all kinds of stories that illustrate the harmful affects of competitive sports in elementary school. 

 
And I could tell you all kinds of stories that illustrate the beneficial affects of competitive sports in elementary school*.

*- I went to elementary school, so I assume I'm qualified to comment here. 
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