Is happiness life's ultimate goal?

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Is happiness life's ultimate goal?
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Thu, 06-21-2007 - 4:11pm
What do you think?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 06-21-2007 - 4:24pm
Happiness is a goal, but not the ultimate goal. It is what happens along the way and is part of the journey. IMO, my ultimate life goal is to leave the world a bit better as a result of me being here. (A little lofty, I know.)


Edited 6/21/2007 4:34 pm ET by janetlynn_64
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 06-21-2007 - 4:50pm
I don't think life has a goal. Meaning, yes. But that's not the same thing as a goal.
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Registered: 10-31-2005
Thu, 06-21-2007 - 4:56pm

I think happiness can be a byproduct of having, and working toward accomplishing, a "worthy" goal in life--imo long-term happiness (joy? contentment? satisfaction) is more likely when one is pursuing an unselfish goal--one that benefits others in some way, if not necessarily as lofty as janet64's. . . it's an interesting question to me. My father struggled with clinical depression for at least 5 years. In personality he's somewhat melancholic, sort of your stereotypical artistic temperament. And yet, having gotten through the depression, he is one of the happiest people I know. I think it's because he loves helping other people, and he expects nothing in return. My mother is happy in the more usual sense, sort of a bubbly, cheerleader personality. But both of them take joy in very simple things.

Maybe it would help if you defined what you mean by "happiness"?

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Registered: 01-10-2007
Thu, 06-21-2007 - 4:58pm
Yeah, I think so. Or at least contentment. But I prefer to strive for happiness.
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Registered: 09-14-2006
Thu, 06-21-2007 - 4:58pm

Well, goal isn't the word I would use. It sounds like once you achieve it, then is there anything left to do after that? Happiness is important for life, as well as finding meaning or a purpose IMO. It's a continual thing, and how to achieve that will be different for everyone.

Goals are important steps in the process, but there is no ultimate goal.

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Registered: 01-10-2007
Thu, 06-21-2007 - 4:59pm
Ah, but you see, for me, I wouldn't BE happy if I wasn't working at things that are, in at least small ways, bettering the world. So, for me, I think happiness can be an ultimate goal.
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Registered: 01-10-2007
Thu, 06-21-2007 - 5:04pm

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I don't think she can. Because how she would define it would be different than how anyone else would define it. Happiness is very individual.

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 06-21-2007 - 5:12pm

but if your efforts are made in vain or misery,your ultimate goal has suffered,too.

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 06-21-2007 - 5:13pm

yes.

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 06-21-2007 - 5:19pm
wanted to add a p.s. to your post....your feeling reminds me of my sister. i've heard her say many times that she wants to die knowing she made a difference. and while she shows that in so many ways,she's also the hardest on herself of anybody i know.

 

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