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Wednesday, September 1, 2004

Happiness Research

Since 1986 the web has become a real treasure trove of knowledge. Who would think that "Happiness" has become a specific field of study? Quite by accident, I discovered a website that opens the door to anyone who would like to enter into Happiness Research. Below is the link:... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Pascal On The Search For Happiness

Blaise Pascal could have been a good blogger, if they had the internet while he lived. Fortunately, he logged his thoughts in a book aptly called "Thoughts" The following is from log no. 425. All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 27, 2004

True and False Happiness

"Our hearts were made for thee, O God, and they are restless until they rest in thee." This quotation -- oftentimes repeated and re-echoed -- is the signature quote of St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430). But the image of a restless heart, groping and seeking for its place of rest is evocative of every... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Being "At Home": Tension and Synthesis

To be happy is to be "at home". But to be "at home" one must no longer the suffer the "dis-locations" that cause grief and sadness. I may be "at home" with what I have now, but once in a while I still suffer from unhappiness -- a state of being "not-at-home," a "dislocation" within me. MacQuarie... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Happiness and Joyfulness, Is There A Difference?

It would seem that being joyful follows upon being happy, such that one who is happy is necessarily joyful, but being joyful does not make one necessarily happy. Joy is a foretaste of the happiness of the elect and is given to the soul as a gift of the Holy Spirit, the insurance of what the saints... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Wisdom and the Lovers of Wisdom

Wisdom is the capacity to see things according to their first principles. This is the "wisdom" that allows a person to see diverse experiences as a whole. The man of faith would say, "wisdom is the capacity to see things as they stand before the eyes of God." For the man of faith, the first... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 28, 2004

Happiness is...

"A warm gun" writes LittleGirlBlue. And I am stymied. How can a warm gun make one happy? Note: If you haven't typed in your opinion on my survey, scroll down and you'll find the appropriate place to post. Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 25, 2004

An Interactive Survey on Happiness

Finish this sentence: Happiness is... (Note: Use the comment section for your response. Thank you.) Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

An Old Monk Thinks About Happiness

In reading, I hear these words: Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God. (Mt. 5:8)" Behold a brief sentence but full of multiple resonances and sweetness offered like a bunch of grapes for the nourishment of the soul. After having considered it and observed it, the soul says to itself:... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Happy Are You...

In a world where happiness has become identified with self-gratification, the following verses from the gospel of Matthew is a protest. Happy are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Happy are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Happy are the meek, for they will inherit... Sign in to see full entry.

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