Thursday, October 4, 2012

Source of joy

Joy does not come from external things. External things contain no emotions. Joy comes from inside and is projected onto external things. That is why external things sometimes seem to make us happy. Increased happiness, therefore, comes from improving one's inner life, not from acquiring more external things. Studies show that after a year or so, people who won the lottery are no happier than they were before. The only way to get more happiness from external things is to improve your inner life. This applies to all external things, including human relationships

However, while external things are not the source of joy they can be the source of misery. External influences can disrupt and poison your inner life. So it is important to avoid negative external influences or situations as much as possible


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3 comments:

  1. External things-- particularly money, have a predictive effect on happiness until your basic needs are met. In this part of the world, that's about $75k per year. After that the happiness increase plateaus.

    Kahneman, D., & Deaton, A. (2010). High income improves evaluation of life but not emotional well-being. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

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  2. I think that joy comes from everything that is around us. We cant talk about a specific thing at a specific day, but for sure we can talk about soul joys, which are the ones that have the best emotional.

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  3. I added a comment to clarify what I mean by inner and outer

    Cheers

    http://buddhistchristianity.blogspot.ca/2012/12/inner-and-outer-life.html

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