The purpose of this blog is to pursue happiness together. My aim is to share my thoughts, thoughts which i have accumulated through the experience of highs and lows in my own life, and thoughts from famous philosophers, thinkers, and humanity at large. My hope is that we can begin a dialogue, and that through discussion of what happiness is, and how we find it, that we can learn to be happy together and to help make the world a better place.

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Hello all! Thanks for visiting my blog. I believe that creating and achieving a state of happiness and joy is the primary purpose in life. My mission for this page is to provide uplifting content, inspirational material, and thought provoking ideas; all of which I hope will help you come to a better understanding and experiencing of happiness and joy.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Happiness Thought for the Day: August 27, 2021


 "A man is really alive only when he delights in the goodwill of others." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This idea from Goethe reminds me of the deep-seeded ideas of compassion for others as the path to enlightenment and happiness that we see so often in Buddhism. There is actually a Buddhist meditation that I have used before wherein one imagines a person in their life, with the whole practice focusing on the practitioner imagining happiness for that person. Think of this person, concentrate on them, and imagine them being happy, and how that might look or feel for them. This is a surprisingly powerful meditation, with my own experience being that I always walk away feeling better for having taken the time. 

Whether he was building off of ancient Buddhist ideas or not, Goethe's idea here resonates strongly with me. True happiness is found when we wish for and delight in the happiness of others, particularly those we care about. 

In order to experience this type of joy be on the lookout for how you can be a force for happiness in the lives of others. 



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