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Life and the Pursuit of Happiness

Ben G. Yacobi

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.2 (August 2015):82-90



Humans strive for some kind of happiness in a world that is not conducive to it.As each human life is a collection of random thoughts, choices, experiences, memories, and their interpretations, a permanent state of vague happiness does not exist, since everything is temporary. The pursuit of happiness, or the pursuit of anything in life, does not lead to a permanent state or thing. One can only experience moments of contentment in life. Some measure of temporary sense of perceived happiness is achieved not by pursuing it but by recognizing meaningful moments that could be missed during the pursuit itself.

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