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Understanding Feelings

Understanding Feelings Feelings tell us much about how we are currently relating to the world and other people. By learning from our feelings we can know ourselves better and can govern our emotions with sensitivity and understanding. Feelings and emotions are very important in the interactions between the mind of...

Moral Character

Moral Character Moral character or character is an evaluation of an individual’s stable moral qualities. The concept of character can imply a variety of attributes including the existence or lack of virtues such as empathy, courage, fortitude, honesty, and loyalty, or of good behaviors or habits. Moral character primarily refers to the assemblage of qualities that distinguish one individual from another—although on a cultural level,...

“Patience Is The Key To Happiness”

“Patience Is The Key To Happiness” As required by His Name of the All Wise, the Almighty God placed in all things an arrangement like the steps of stairs. An impatient man does not act with slow deliberation, and so either skips some of the steps and falls, or leaves...

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What Is Happiness?

Happiness The primary meaning of this term in all the leading European languages seems to involve the notion of good fortune, good chance, good happening; but from a very early date in the history of Greek philosophy the conception became the centre of keen speculation and dispute. What is happiness? What are its constituents?...

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Aversion To Happiness

Aversion To Happiness Aversion to happiness, also called cherophobia or fear of happiness, is an attitude towards happiness in which individuals may deliberately avoid experiences that invoke positive emotions or happiness.[1][2][3] One of several reasons why cherophobia may develop is the belief that when one becomes happy, a negative event will soon occur that will taint...

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Happiness Does Not Always Lie In Being Rich

Happiness Does Not Always Lie In Being Rich There are many rich people who cannot enjoy food and drink and, who cannot enjoy the beauties of the world as much as poor ones because of the lack of appetite or ill health. Although poverty is not something to be desired...

Philosophy of Happiness

Philosophy of Happiness The philosophy of happiness is the philosophical concern with the existence, nature, and attainment of happiness. Philosophers believe, happiness can be understood as the moral goal of life or as an aspect of chance; indeed, in most European languages the term happiness is synonymous with luck.[1] Thus, philosophers usually...

Hanging On To Happiness

Hanging On To Happiness A brain surgeon’s quest to hold onto joy. As a surgeon I have used the word “cancer” — the C-word — thousands of times in my life. I have spent my entire professional life researching it, trying to find ways to resect it, suppress it, and,...

Surur (Rejoicing)

Surur (Rejoicing) Meaning joy and delight, surur (rejoicing) is a kind of contentment that embraces a person from both within and without. Even though every conscience feels it differently, what is common in the rejoicing felt by everyone of those who rejoice is that breezes of intimacy come from the...

Istighraq (Immersion)

Istighraq (Immersion) Literally meaning absorption, diving into, becoming deeply involved in, istighraq (immersion) denotes transportation by joy, oblivion of the world, the cleansing of the heart from worldly worries enabling one to turn to God wholeheartedly, and, in consequence, going into such deep ecstasies that one becomes unaware of even...

Visions Versus Hallucinations

Visions Versus Hallucinations A spiritual vision is usually a very pleasant, uplifting experience. People may “see” God, angels, saints, or indescribable light. Such a vision usually brings a new direction to life and leaves the individual with a “lighter” countenance, a greater joy in life and more love to share...

Reward System

What Is Reward System? The reward system is a group of neural structures responsible for incentive salience (i.e., motivation and “wanting”, desire, or craving for a reward), associative learning (primarily positive reinforcement and classical conditioning), and positively-valenced emotions, particularly ones which involve pleasure as a core component (e.g., joy, euphoria and ecstasy).[1][6] Reward is the attractive and motivational property of a stimulus that induces appetitive behavior,...

Happiness

What Is Happiness? Since the 1960s, happiness research has been conducted in a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including gerontology, social psychology, clinical and medical research and happiness economics. Happiness is used in the context of mental or emotional states, including positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense...

The Excitement And Joy Of Faith In The Old Testament

The Excitement and Joy of Faith in the Old Testament Be glad… rejoice in the Lord your God. (Joel, 2:23) … I desire to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart. (Psalms, 40:8) I rejoice in following Your statutes as one rejoices in great riches....

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Aiming High: How To Grow In Virtue

Aiming High: How To Grow In Virtue I was nervous about pulling the trigger. I had never used a shotgun before, but my friend took me shooting skeet – clay discs that are thrown into the air as moving targets. My friend, who was a good marksman, shot the first...

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7 Ways to Make Happiness Last

7 Ways to Make Happiness Last The experience of happiness simply doesn’t last. It can’t, given the very nature of the brain. But that fact by no means suggests that happiness is not a worthy pursuit. Of course it is! The key I believe is to pursue happiness in a...

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