The Waters of Happiness

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What does it mean to be happy? How does that relate to joy? And differ from peace? Here [see Read More] are some holiday musings on positive emotional states, inspired by my Apothegmary of Happiness on RadicalCentrism.org.

Happiness flows from a present of Love
“The happiest people in the world are those who can enjoy doing good for those they love, and are appreciated for it.”

Peace wells from a past of Faith
“The most peaceful people in the world are those who have faithfully earned their gains and grieved their losses.”

Joy springs from a future of Hope
“The most joyful people in the world are those who know their purpose, and have hope they will achieve it.”

Thanks to Julie Leung for her insightful comments and questions regarding my attempts to characterize happiness.

Update: this was cited in Julie’s highly-regard blog as an example of “poetic postlets.” Yeah!

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