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Old 02-11-2005, 12:45 PM   #1
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Is Happiness Real?

Is happiness real, or is it just the absence of pain? Looking at it from a scientific point-of-view, I have to wonder if, by default, we are always unhappy and that, only through the coordination of sufficient amounts of neurotransmitters are we happy. The absence of them means that we're unhappy. So does that mean that we are, by default, unhappy?

What does that say about life if that's true?

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happiness is for those who don't really need it ...

that might be one of Bono's best-ever lines. let me think about this one.

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Is happiness real, or is it just the absence of pain?
But then you have to ask is pain or unhappiness real?
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But then you have to ask is pain or unhappiness real?
Well, but that's where I brought in the scientific argument. If you're low on neurotransmitters, you'll be unhappy.

I wish it was the other way around; that we were inherently happy, and it took effort by producing certain hormones or neurotransmitters to be unhappy.

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Well, but that's where I brought in the scientific argument. If you're low on neurotransmitters, you'll be unhappy.

I wish it was the other way around; that we were inherently happy, and it took effort by producing certain hormones or neurotransmitters to be unhappy.

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But what causes us to low on neurotransmitters? Are we low to begin with or do we become low with age?
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In every instance that one is low on neurotransmitters are they unhappy? In every instance that someone is unhappy do they have low levels of neurotransmitters?
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Good questions. I did mean this to be a philosophical question. There are no right or wrong answers.

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I can't prove happiness is real, but I experience it daily in my own life and that's good enough for me to believe it is.
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I think the bigger question is why do we experience happiness? Not from a scientific perspective, but ultimately, why is it there for us to experience?
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Scientifically, wouldn't it take a certain amount of stimulation to maintain a "neutral" state (between happiness & pain), such as stimuli to negate hunger, heat to negate cold, etc.?

Happiness is a byproduct of contentment. I live in a very wealthy, materialistic part of the world. I have a standard of living and net worth well below my neighbors. Yet, I continually sense that I am happier than my neighbors.
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... I have a standard of living and net worth well below my neighbors. Yet, I continually sense that I am happier than my neighbors.
you have every reason to be happy
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usually i'm happy , at work , with people , i'm grateful for every second out there
Don't worry , be happy
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I'm happy too. See, look at my face.
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I think true happiness comes down to inner peace, of course that's a vague concept too. There are temporary things that make you happy, but long term happiness comes from within.

Is happiness a choice?
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We live in a world of duality therefore I think we're always bouncing back and forth between the two. One cannot exist without the other. We only know happiness because of unhappiness and vice versa.
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