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Happiness and the ways of getting happiness

lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
It is no doubt true that the majority of people would like to be happy in their lives. While the personal nature of happiness makes it difficule to describe, there do seem to be some common needs that we all share with regard to experiencing or achieving happiness.

Happiness is difficult to define because it means something different to each individual person. Nobody can fully understand or experience another person's feelings, and we all have our own particular passions from which we take pleasure. Some people, for example, derive a sense of satisfication from earning money or achieving success, wheras for others, health and family are much more important. At the same time, a range of other feelings, from excitement to peacefulness, may be associated with the idea of happiness, and the same person may therefore feel happy in a variety of different ways.

Although it seems almost impossbile to give a precise definition of happiness, most people would agree that there are some basic preconditions to achieving it. Firstly, it is hard for a person to be happy if he or she does not have a safe place to live and enough food to eat. Our basic survivl needs must surely be met before we can lead a pleasant life. Secondly, the greatest joy in life is usually found in shared experiences with family and friends, and it is rare for a person who is content to live in complete isolation. Other key factors could be individual freedom and a sense of purpose of life.

In conclusion, happiness is difficult to define because it is different to each individual, but I believe our basic needs for shelter, food and company need to be fulfilled before we can experience it.


  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,060 mod
    Happiness and contentment, these are two very important feelings.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    Sometimes money is one of the most important factors, too.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    edited November 2017
    With money, maybe you will not happy, but without money, most of time you will not happy. Compared with western countries' perfect welfare system, money seems much more important to our Chinese. Most people will go bankrupt if they get a kind of cancer, or other serious diseases, because most of them do not have health insurances. Fortunatly, our governments have began to realize this problem, and the medical system is becoming more and more perfect in recent years, but we still have a long way to go until the system is really perfect.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,060 mod
    The answer is to take out medical insurance if you can afford it @lisa, because medical bills can cost a fortune. I think in Nepal now, most people who have jobs do so. It is the poorer farmers who can't afford to do so.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge Yes, now most of chinese have medical insurance, not matter they are workers or farmers, a big proportion costs of the medical events will be paid by the insurance companies or governments. I have to say Chinese government has been doing better and beeter in the medical development field.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,060 mod
    That's very good to hear @lisa. Sadly Britain is pushing people to get medical insurance as the government does not want to cover health as well as it has done up until now.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge What I can say is just the goverment of China is doing better than before, but they have a long way to go, becasue the money that people can get is very little.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,060 mod
    Sadly Britain looks like it is shooting itself in the foot over Brexit and the economy is already suffering a lot @lisa.

    This article is quite interesting and shows how complex the problem is.

  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    I think you are the opposite of Brexit@mheredge, am I right?
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,060 mod
    Totally. I think Brexit will be a disaster for Britain @lisa.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    Once I read one article about how much money Britain should pay to EU every year, that is a huge amount of money, if I remembered clearly. And even though Britain was included in EU, she was not Schengen visa country, and we have to ask for British visa if we want to have a trip in Britain. So I do not know the differences between in EU and Brexit for Britain.@mheredge
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,060 mod
    Britain always demanded a separate visa system for people from outside the EU @lisa, but was open to citizens of the EU and allowed freedom of movement for work and to live in the country in the same way as any other EU country. That will change with Brexit. Although Britain paid a lot into the EU, it also received a lot too, in the form of aid to poorer areas of the country where unemployment is high. People forget that although Britain appears to be a very rich country, there's a lot of poverty and inequality. Britain is just better than most at hiding it.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    There is a joke amongst Chinese, if one day I can choose where I can live in, news broadcast is the best place. There are not poverty and inequality there, and everyone is happy.

    In my opinion, based on I got from the news or internet, Britain is a rich developed country and the welfare of her people is splendid and much better than China. @mheredge
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,060 mod
    That's propaganda @lisa because Britain especially now is going through many serious economic problems and has substantial poverty that is well hidden. London attracts more attention than the rest of the country but is not representative of the whole nation. Welfare is sadly deteriorating with spending cuts and there's a lot of uncertainty about the future.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    If we can choose which kind of life we prefer, news broadcast of government is the first and unique choice for almost all of us. @mheredge
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,060 mod
    Freedom of press is a tricky thing @lisa and there are always biases depending on the political standpoint of the owners and editors.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    There are three part in Chinese news broadcast, firstly, the leaders are busy, secondly, people of China are in happiness lives, thirdly, people of foreign countries are living in hard conditions. @mheredge :p
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,060 mod
    Although a lot of people seem to believe money will bring them happiness @lisa, I think it is more down to a person's attitude to life.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    Mentioning the money, now I am worried about money because it seems I will lose this job in the near future because of identified documents in this country. Money is the most important factor for me now. @mheredge
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,060 mod
    I'm not sure I understand what you mean by 'identified documents in this country' @lisa.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    All of aliens in this country need to get work permits, after gaining this doucment, we can ask for a living permits which is named by identified document by us, because there are personal details on it. Without it, we can not do anything publicly. @mheredge
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