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Happiness is really a default state. Happiness is there when you remove the sense of something missing in your life. Happiness is the state when nothing is missing. When nothing is missing, your mind shuts down and stops running into the past or future to regret.
It is cultivated it with a lot of techniques. It is not something you inherit or even choose, but a highly personal skill that can be learned, like fitness or nutrition. The answer that works for me is going to be nonsense to you, and vice versa. Whatever happiness means to me, it means something different to you. For some people, it’s a flow state. For some people, it’s satisfaction. For some people, it’s a feeling of contentment.
It’s all trial and error.
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Do things for their own sake. Whether it’s business, exercise, romance, friendship the meaning of life is to do things for their own sake.
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