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In Uncategorized on October 11, 2012 at 20:25

The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.

George Bernard Shaw

Kindness and happiness

In relationship on September 30, 2012 at 06:19

There maybe mad bullies around but people who say humans are mostly evil, corrupt, not kind haven’t been very observant. Look at all everyday’s little interactions: asking directions, buying food, etc. In absolute majority of cases people, strangers or not, are good to each other. This is why we are so shocked and upset when the opposite happens.

I’ve heard from several people that in places and times when and where there is violence, suffering, tension, war, people are surprisingly warm and kind to each others. When my grandmother was escaping the horrors of WWII from Western Russia to the Central Asia with a baby on her hand, she,  as she always told me, had so much help from absolute strangers. It is a scary thought that we need disasters to be good. But I think it is other way round. When there is peace and prosperity people might look cold and distant from each other but that’s because we mostly don’t really badly need help. We can survive on our own. We all subconsciously know about this although consciously might wish for warmer relationship. Perhaps people should try and learn to live in relatively good times and still be close to each other.

There are things in life which I can’t change, I just have to adapt. But out of things I can change it seems that there are just three simple things which make me happy: pausing to soak in the beauty, having good relationship with people surrounding me and trying to be as creative as possible in every aspect of my life. Secret of happiness? Easy! At least in theory…

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2012 at 15:46

The happy life is to an extraordinary extent the same as the good life

Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness, 1930 

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2012 at 15:41

Actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness

John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism, 1863

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2012 at 15:11

Why should we postpone our joy to another world? Let us get all we can of the good between the cradle and the grave, all that we can of the truly dramatic. If, when death comes, that is the end, we have at least made the best of this life

Robert G Ingersoll , 1900

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2012 at 14:50

The wise man neither rejects life nor fears death… just as he does not necessarily choose the largest amount of food, but, rather, the pleasantest food, so he prefers not the longest time, but the most pleasant.

Epicurus, Letter to Menoeceus, C300 BCE

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2012 at 05:24

Reason, Observation and Experience – the Holy Trinity of Science – have taught us that happiness is the only good; that the time to be happy is now, and the way to be happy is to make others so.

Robert Green Ingersoll,  1876

In Uncategorized on September 2, 2012 at 20:24

I am satisfied, and sufficiently occupied with the things which are, without tormenting or troubling myself about those which may indeed be, but of which I have no evidence.

Thomas Jefferson

In Uncategorized on September 1, 2012 at 06:49

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?

Attributed to George Eliot

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2012 at 05:57

The things you really need are few and easy to come by; but the things you can imagine you need are infinite, and you will never be satisfied.

Epicurus, Principle Doctrines, C300 BCE

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