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Happiness, "An agreeable feeling or condition of the soul arising from good fortune or propitious happening of any kind; the possession of those circumstances or that state of being which is attended enjoyment;

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Diego P�rez 9-2 4/9/2002 Essay: Happiness Happiness, "An agreeable feeling or condition of the soul arising from good fortune or propitious happening of any kind; the possession of those circumstances or that state of being which is attended enjoyment; the state of being happy; contentment; joyful satisfaction; felicity; blessedness." (Random House Webster's College Dictionary), depends on the mentality of the individuals. The culture, way of living, and ideals of one human being may be different from the ones of another, which can lead to different interpretations towards the meaning of happiness. There is a contrast between the different ways of interpreting happiness, depending on people's beliefs. According to the Epicures, happiness consists on the serenity that comes from the domination of the fear, of the Gods, the death, and the future life. Also, happiness consists of the pleasure and the absence of pain, and it is never too late to search for happiness. ...read more.

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"Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government." ~ Aristotle. This quote from a widely known philosopher throughout the human history approves the point of view that states that happiness depends on the person you refer to, since the way someone assimilates the idea is different because of his or her way of searching for happiness. "Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work." ~ Joseph Barbara (in Success Secrets of Super Achievers by Stovall). This quote states that happiness is the feeling you get after accomplishing something it was hard to obtain. This may be translated to say that happiness is a pleasure you feel because of the superiority you prove to yourself when you obtain something you have wished to obtain during a large period of time. ...read more.

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In other words, people feel happiness for short periods of time, not during their whole life, so to state that someone lives happy is incorrect, but to say that someone is happy is correct, since everyone will live times of happiness and times of sadness. In conclusion, happiness is influenced by the way people appreciate what they have and obtain. This may change, depending on the beliefs of the individuals, but also changes because of the mentality that you obtain as a consequence for the conditions in which you live. Different philosophers sense the feeling of happiness in different ways. Some say that happiness is the objective of life, and that the way people seek for that feeling changes the way they sense it at the end. Others state that happiness is not a matter of wealth, but a psychological matter; and others think happiness is not a way of living, but moments in life. The different points of view take us to different paths to search for happiness, so happiness may then be defined as a unique feeling each individual percept in diverse ways. Word Count: 844 ...read more.

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