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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.

Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.

November by Walter de la Mare
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Happiness and the ways of getting happiness

lisalisa Posts: 406 ✭✭
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: 28,081 mod
    Happiness and contentment, these are two very important feelings.
  • lisalisa Posts: 406 ✭✭
    Sometimes money is one of the most important factors, too.
  • lisalisa Posts: 406 ✭✭
    edited November 2
    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: 28,081 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: 406 ✭✭
    @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: 28,081 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.
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