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Happiness is a scam

Posted on | October 1, 2011 | 2 Comments

Today I was thinking about writing a book.

And, of course, I was looking for a topic I know and that people would like to know more about.

So, I came up with an overused but still quite spot-on (in terms of promising value) title “How to become happy”.

So, the scientific area in my brain told me that before achieving something you have to define what exactly you’re trying to achieve. So, what is happiness?

I don’t know.

I bet you don’t know.

I bet nobody knows.

I bet if someone gave you a definition, you would disagree or add something to that definition.

I think, as is the case with many abstract feelings-words (love, passion, friendship), the word “happiness” has no real meaning. But, oddly enough, I had almost no problems in finding a synonym.


If you think of it, what happiness is, is actually a state of satisfaction.

But well… I can’t call my book “How to be satisfied”. Nobody wants that… Because everybody knows how to achieve that.

That’s called branding.

Happiness is a powerful brand. Nothing more.


2 Responses to “Happiness is a scam”

  1. Raúl Gusão
    October 2nd, 2011 @ 12:35

    Well I think actual definition of happiness, as by neurology, is the co-incidential release of dopamine and serotonine (flow-experience) or endorphines.
    But I wouldn’t call that happiness but the more euphoria.
    And euphoria is perishable. I may be naive in believing in steady happines, but just like a counterpart to a depression. Not that hyperactive feeling of euphoria. But when you’ve once reached a point where you could say, now everything could remain as it is and I would have no problems with time stopping right now, causing this moment to last forever.

  2. Gu-Zhan Oh
    November 4th, 2011 @ 01:40

    Well don’t know thought about it again and I guess you are partially right satisfaction is in many cases the same as happines.
    But I guess that is, at the same time an, explanation why the majority of people is unhappy, to say unsatisfied.
    Because the lack of something that would provide satisfaction ,and desire, are forcing powers that enable man to think of new ideas, new concepts, to move on.
    These enable just the progress, if every human being had been happy from the very beginning we’d have probably been extinct already.

    But in addition, I think you can also be satisfied without being happy, by changing down your expactations to a very low level.
    I guess this might even be the counterpart to happiness as it indicates that you’ve been abandoned by hope and that optimism has died…

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