Articles by Tim LeBon on Happiness

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Happiness Quotations

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Articles by Tim LeBon on Happiness
   What is happiness?
  Teaching Happiness
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Other articles on Happiness

            Happiness through philosophy    An article in the Independent about how Philosophical Counselling can enhance happiness
            East meets West - Howard Cutler and the Dalai Lama The Art of Happiness and Bertrand Russell The Conquest of Happiness  compared - a really useful and constructive comparison of the two classics on happiness
            The Nature and Pursuit of Happiness. Article by philosopher Shane Walton provides  a great introduction to what philosophers say about happiness
             A psychologist's view of happiness. US psychologist David Myers on the causes of happiness and how to enhance happiness 

            Journal of Happiness Studies (free content here)

            Ed Deiner’s site

             World Database of Happiness (Continuous register of scientific research on subjective appreciation of life)

            How to be Happy (Guardian November 19th 2003)

           Wiki article on happiness  - not so strong on philosophy or how to, but some scientific background

Happiness Quotations

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Allan K. Chalmers

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys.  If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.  Fyodor Dostoevsky

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations. Edward de Bono

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. Dalai Llama

Happiness is... usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.  Thomas Szasz

The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven John Milton

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Ghandi

"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think.  Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.  A.A. Milne

All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin. Lord Byron

The following method of inquiry must be applied to every desire. What will happen to me if what I long for is accomplished? What will happen to me if it is not accomplished? Epicurus

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. Albert Scheitzer

When I meet people from other cultures I know that they too want happiness and do not want suffering, this allows me to see them as brothers and sisters.  Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness. Sophocles

Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change. The greatest happiness of life it the conviction that we are loved - loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.  Bertrand Russell

Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.  John Stuart Mill, Autobiography, 1873To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.  Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness

The beginning and the root of all good is the pleasure of the stomach; even wisdom and culture must be referred to this  Epicurus

 It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied;better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, is of a different opinion, it is because they only know their own side of the question J.S. Mill, Utilitarianism, p.21

I regard utility as the ultimate appeal on all ethical questions; but it must be utility in the largest sense, grounded on the permanent interests of man as a progressive being" J.S. Mill, Collected Works, XV111 p.224

 Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure. It is for them alone to point out what we ought to do, as well as to determine what we shall do. Bentham,J. ,An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation p.11

 The human good turns out to be activity of soul in conformity with excellence, and if there are more than one excellence, in conformity with the best and most complete Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, 1098a


Recommended Reading 


I.Boniwell  Positive Psychology in a Nutshell  (PWBC, 2006)

M. Argyle The Psychology of Happiness (London: Routledge, 2001)

D.M. Myers The Pursuit of Happiness (New York: Morrow, 1992)

M. Seligman Authentic Happiness (New York: Free Press, 2002) –ch. 4


B. Russell The Conquest of Happiness

J.S. Mill  Utilitarianism

Epicurus The Epicurus Reader

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