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abstract concepts: my definitions of happiness and joy


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happiness: being fully present in an experience that is nourishing.

joy: happiness that happens without effort.

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I have found that defining abstract concepts helps me to implement more of what I want in my life and move away from what I don't want. So I'm going to try and make this a regular thing; after this I shall post a pair every Sunday. Feel free to comment with your own personal definitions!

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Comments
mountaincalling ══╣╠══
What a great idea!

Here are mine...

Happiness: gratitude for every new day and the possibility it brings
Joy: being so full of gratitude that it can no longer be contained and instead spills out in the form of words, tears, or laughter.
belenen ══╣effervescent╠══
cool! I like yours too :)
basil_00 ══╣tesla╠══
happiness:
the belief in the opinion that things are going as well or better than they ought to. It could be in regards to you, it could be regarding any scope of the people and/or environment around you; it depends what you care about.

joy:
1. happiness that happens without effort
2. euphoria?

i like how your joy definition references your happiness definition. so i used it.
belenen ══╣analytical╠══
hm, interesting! that definition of happiness definitely works also, in my perception.
stray_infinity ══╣╠══
Your definition of joy helps me understand what I consider to be a part of my Simple Joy collection. The simpler the event, the more I can have it in life without spending too much energy.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
*nodnod* yeah! I think you have more skill at being present in a moment than most people do.
the_hag ══╣╠══
This resonates...
with me...both the definitions you have given and the idea of defining abstract concepts. I love words, so this is awesome! Also, love the definitions you have given. They go beyond the standard dictionary definitions to what is probably the core of their meaning.

Awesome! I look forward to seeing your future entries! :-)
belenen ══╣hopeful╠══
Re: This resonates...
thanks! I like to try to give practical applications to things. These definitions help me to consider how I can make myself happier.
megan_blogs ══╣╠══
i love those definitions. thanks i needed those today
belenen ══╣artless╠══
you're welcome! glad they resonated with you.
bunnika ══╣╠══
It's interesting that you include nourishment as a necessity for happiness. Do you not think true frivolous happiness possible, or just not for you?
belenen ══╣╠══
Frivolous happiness is nourishing! Play is a need for mammals, at least, maybe all sentient beings.
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