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Happiness doesn’t necessarily mean “pleased”

Posted Jul 22 2008 8:23pm

happy elephantSylvia Boorstein, Ph.D. is author of Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life. Here is an excerpt from her podcast interview:

Happiness has quite a specific meaning. It doesn’t necessarily mean “pleased.” We often, I think, equate “pleased” with “happy.” Things are going my way. I feel pleased, that’s good, I’m happy.

This is the kind of happiness that means the mind and the heart engaged in a warm way with one’s self, with other people, with people we know, with people we don’t know… with the whole world, actually. And I would really – I do, in fact – define happiness as the ability to engage in warm relationships.

Continued in article:Buddhist Happiness, by Sylvia Boorstein.

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