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Posted Feb 4, '08 at 9:22pm

Eshploded

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What do you think is happiness? Is it a biological survival function? How about synthetic or natural happiness?

 

Posted Feb 4, '08 at 10:12pm

Lennywins

Lennywins

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I don't know about a survival function, being happy doesn't really do much to help you survive, but that's really a good question. I really don't know. What do you think, for starters?

 

Posted Feb 4, '08 at 10:15pm

Carlie

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I think happiness is a natural reaction. I don't think it is a survival function, although it would be hard to live without it. I don't think it is for survival, because if you didn't know how to be happy, then you would never be sad because you would never have known what the other emotion was. Does that make sense?

Overall I just think that it is a natural reaction that we feel for others. It is like a drug, seriously. I have heard that if you lose your supply of endorphins, that it is like going through a drug withdrawal.

 

Posted Feb 4, '08 at 10:22pm

Lennywins

Lennywins

133 posts

Yeah, I guess so. Happiness is sort of like a drug, don't really like to put it that way, but that's probably the best explanation. Say in primitive times, when not experiencing a survival related emotion like fear, like while passing time on the weekends, if there wasn't a peaceful or low key emotion like happiness, it would just feel empty. The mind would then try to fill that void with another emotion like fear or anger, that could potentially trigger a dangerous situation, thus killing the person in particular.

 

Posted Feb 4, '08 at 11:34pm

Eshploded

Eshploded

503 posts

I believe everything eventually leads to the survival of a species. There must have been a reason other than chance that many animals have developed it, and I know it must be good for that reason. I think due to conditioning, the mind creates connections between happiness (which is just a sensation created by a certain part of our brain) and the stimulus it had conditioned. It acts as motivation for us to do things.

 

Posted Feb 5, '08 at 11:02am

Asherlee

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Esphloded, I have done some reading on the subject and you are touching on some things that are right when it comes to it being a part of survival. Mental states have a lot to do with our well-being.

 

Posted Feb 5, '08 at 4:03pm

WallyOhio

WallyOhio

164 posts

happiness is different for everybody. i'm so happy when i have a new board and have a whole flowing concrete skatepark to myself, or just a few friends. my son and girlfriend are huge parts of my happiness. i'm happy w/ myself, so it's pretty easy to be happy. you'll never be happy until you come to terms w/ yourself. i know that has nothing to do with survival of the species, but i'll throw it out there...

 

Posted Feb 5, '08 at 5:46pm

Eshploded

Eshploded

503 posts

Yeah, happiness can become conditioned to other things besides the primal urges, its all a part of the shaping of a personality. It could be traced back to infant stages and genetics.

 

Posted Feb 5, '08 at 10:56pm

Erako

Erako

130 posts

Personally, I think happiness is something that money cannot buy.  It sure does help because because it guarantees financial security and it does buy pleasures, but happiness is only something that a person has to earn by themselves.  It does help people and helps others around them.  It could be traced back to little babies...

 

Posted Feb 6, '08 at 10:35am

Asherlee

Asherlee

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Can we take this debate to why money can't buy happiness? I'm trying to find out how it wouldn't solve my problems and make me happy. All other aspects of my life are great except for my finances.