hi everyone i ve just been wondering about these two words and how they are related.
i am interested in waht everyone thinks of these two words in relations to the questions i am going to ask following some known definitions
1. something that provides mirth or amusement: A picnic would be fun.
2. enjoyment or playfulness: She's full of fun.
1. the quality or state of being happy.
2. good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure
notes on happiness
Happiness is an emotional or affective state that is characterized by feelings of enjoyment and satisfaction. As a state and a subject, it has been pursued and commented on extensively throughout world history. This reflects the universal importance that humans place on''' happiness.
States associated with happiness -being, delight, health, safety, contentment, and love. Contrasting states include suffering, depression, grief, anxiety, and pain. Happiness is often associated with the presence of favorable circumstances such as a supportive family life, a loving marriage, and economic stability. Unfavorable circumstances, such as abusive relationships, accidents, loss of employment, and conflicts, diminish the amount of happiness a person experiences. However, according to several ancient and modern thinkers, happiness is influenced by the attitude and perspective taken on such circumstances
Various forms of Happiness
Many English language terms refer to various forms of happiness and pleasure. These terms vary in the intensity of the pleasure they describe, as well as the depth and longevity of the satisfaction. These include: bliss, joy, joyous, carefree, jubilant, exultant, cheerful, playful, amused, fun, glad, gay, gleeful, jolly, jovial, delighted, euphoric, ecstatic, thrilled, elated, enraptured, comfort, harmony, and triumphant. Gratification is a deep satisfaction gained from becoming totally absorbed in a complex activity or by working toward meaningful goals.
Societal theories of happiness
For Americans, the happy or ideal life is sometimes referred to as the American dream, In developing nations, factors such as hunger, disease, crime, corruption, and warfare can decrease happiness .
the positive psychology definition of happiness as consisting of both positive emotions (like comfort) and positive activities (like absorption).
• past: feelings of satisfaction, contentment, pride, and serenity.
• present (examples): enjoying the taste of food, glee at listening to music, absorption in reading, and company of people you like e.g. friends and family.
• future: feelings of optimism, hope, trust, faith, and confidence.
There are three categories of present positive emotions:
• bodily pleasures, e.g. feeling the nirvana of sex.
• higher pleasures, e.g. absorbing oneself in activities all-altruistic.
• gratifications, e.g. absorption in reading.
The bodily and higher pleasures are "pleasures of the moment" and usually involve some external stimulus. An exception is the glee felt at having an original thought.
Gratifications involve full engagement, flow, elimination of self-consciousness, and blocking of felt emotions. But when a gratification comes to an end then positive emotions will be felt. Gratifications can be obtained or increased by developing signature strengths and virtues. Authenticity is the derivation of gratification and positive emotions from exercising signature strengths. The good life comes from using signature strengths to obtain abundant gratification in, for example, enjoying work and pursuing a meaningful life.
ok now after reading the above i know people will have some comments on the definitions and notes please write so ur views clearly specifying waht u think personally and then something else which could be diffrent from another source.
now the questions
waht do we as christains...orthodox christains define our happiness as?
do we seek this?..... and how much do we really seek this?
waht is the normal societies and worldly definitions waht activites do these include that define these words?
how much of our legs are stuck in each worlds defnition?
i know there are things that we do and get that involve happiness and some might overlap but there is definitely a group or something that accourding to christainity will make you walk either through the wide gate or the narrow gate.
please just give me ur general comments.