Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Truth About Happiness (3 of 3)

Happiness is a state of being — not a state of mind.

Xenocrates

Have you ever ran into one of those people when you were feeling down who insisted that you could just magically pull yourself up out of your depression and just feel happy? Have you ever looked on with envy at one of those people who always seemed to be in a chipper mood only to have them pass on one of their secrets to happiness to you in a very condescending way? Well you should probably know that most of those people are rather shameless frauds.

Here's why:

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Truth About Happiness (2 of 3)

Defining your happiness on the success of romance is not very different from doing so based on the availability of cocaine.

Xenocrates
Love is simultaneously the greatest cause of happiness and the worst kind of sadness.

Love, religion and freedom are often regarded as the hallmarks of true happiness. If that were true, then why is it that there are so many people in love who are unhappy? Why are so many religions experiencing such attrition in young people? Why is it that nations that have overthrown their oppressive governments aren't exactly happy with their hard won freedom?

I explore these fallacies of happiness in greater detail.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Truth About Happiness (1 of 3)

Happiness is a conceptual ideal, not a perceptible reality.

Xenocrates

Are you happy? Do you even know what happiness is? Most people have absolutely no idea what it means to be happy. In fact, there are several fundamental flaws in how we collectively perceive happiness, and that's why we all tend to be miserable most of the time. While I was reviewing the topic of suicide, I inadvertently discovered something curious about happiness.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Love is a Drug

Love is a powerful narcotic with devastatingly addictive properties.

- Xenocrates
Have you ever been in love? Are you in love right now? What's the craziest thing you wouldn't do for the person you love? If you can think of more than three of them, then you probably aren't in love. You are probably experiencing a deep emotional affection heavily tempered by rationality. That's the right place to be, because when you're in love with someone, it is easier to have died a thousand deaths than to let go of that warm, infuriatingly intoxicating feeling.

Whatever you do, don't fall in love before you read this.