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  • kevin despain
    May 4, 2010 - 3:02 pm

    I have greatly enjoyed reading the articles. In fact, i have cited this website for my final senior paper. I am a senior finishing my undergrad in architecture. I am extremely interested in the role happiness and positive psychology play in our lives and more particularly in our built environments. My paper concerned itself with these issues. I am even considering going further into architectural psychology for graduate studies.

  • Rick Walker, MA
    June 16, 2010 - 7:58 am

    This looks very exciting. I e-mailed U of Bridgeport in order to find out the cost. You might want to make it easier to find this piece of info. What if the class is oversubscribed? Will the University open other sections online?

  • toby heifetz
    June 16, 2010 - 2:57 pm

    i would love to be i
    involded in your program iam a student at the
    the china institute going to china this summer please advise how to get involed

  • kim
    June 19, 2010 - 11:40 pm

    Hi Rick, yes we still have a little room, and we do intend to expand the no. of sections if necessary. Thanks for your suggestion.

  • roger muldavin
    August 25, 2010 - 5:22 pm

    Idea: On my imac, older metal case lap top model, the “name”, “Email”, and “Website” boxes are so thin and dim, I can hardly see them.

    Concerning “pursuit of-happiness”, that slogan was part of part of the preamble to the USA Constitution, it lost out in the final Bill of Rights Edition to “due process for property”.

    But the pursuit of NIO is a nobel (prize) goal, therefore “Skoal” [with Irish dialog]: “may the farce [forest] be with you”.

    Best from an internet b-log roller, rm

  • kim
    September 19, 2010 - 7:13 am

    I’m so glad that Jefferson, probably through the inspiration of Epicurus, improvised on John Locke’s right to “Life, liberty and estate.” Skoal to you Roger!

  • Monex
    December 28, 2010 - 8:25 pm

    In order to illustrate this problem Nozick imagines a science-fiction type story in which it is possible to plug our brains into machines which would provide us with any kind of experiences we could possibly desire. Therefore says Nozick there is no reason why we would not plug in to an experience machine. ..Well Nozick claimed that people would not want to be hooked up to this machine.

  • Rebecca Haden
    March 24, 2011 - 8:49 pm

    I’d love to hear how this works for anyone who tries it.!

  • Linda Emily Garrido
    June 3, 2011 - 4:51 pm

    Lance was my professor at Suffolk Community College of Long Island. What a bright, talented, gifted, generous and unique soul (on top of many other adjectives…all positive!) I miss him dearly and I know that others do as well. I never met someone like him and am grateful that he touched my life in the time that he was here. He really inspired me to appreciate the beauty in the world, something I think that we all take for granted at times. What an extraordinary individual!

  • Alexander Iwanow
    June 5, 2011 - 2:01 pm

    Lance was my first philosophy professor at Rutgers way back in 2000. The guy was pure gold. A warm, gifted, conscientious teacher that deserved better.

  • Greg
    September 24, 2011 - 10:07 pm

    Dear POH, I am very excited about your website and your simple philosophy, that goes beyond religion, philosphy and beliefs. I just works! I encourage fellow pursuit-of-happinessors to give it a try.

    Here is my simple story: I love to sing. I am a member of a Barbershop Harmony Chorus. We are also a non-profit organization that exists merely for the fact that we love the sound of ringing chords. Actually there is “something” spiritual about that, but that is another story.

    We do many paid performances in our community the proceeds of which go to support hospice centers in our area. That in itself is such a profound experience of joy, but to know that while we get to sing (and get paid for it) we can support these centers.

    Recently, we were asked to sing at a rehab center for the seriously ill. It is understood that at this center, these folks were not long for this earth. To sing for these wonderful souls was so moving. As we poured our hearts out in song, their once sullen lifeless faces would light up with a new energy, almost as if they had be “waiting” for us–for this moment. Truly, we connected to their hearts in spite of their obvious physical limitations. And they gave something back, to me, that was immeasurable. A lightness of being, a warmth in my heart, and the conviction that yes, I was on the right road…to happiness.

    Thank you for letting me share my story, and for your encouragement to others.

  • Bruce Rebello
    September 27, 2011 - 12:31 pm

    You are doing a great job and have a phenomenal website. I too have a website about sharing happiness and love. It is called 1 happy thought. It is an idea of sharing happiness and love every single day and encouraging other people to do the same.

    On the website, you can post ANYTHING that:

    • Made your day

    • A simple thought of happiness and love

    • Something pleasant said to you by someone

    • Something pleasant you said to someone

    • A kind gesture experienced by you or done to someone

    • You can even post a happy idea

    . The website can be found at http://www.1happythought.com


    Bruce Rebello

  • Andrew Taggart
    October 2, 2011 - 6:24 am

    This website is a wonderful move in the right direction and a sign of progress with respect to our understanding and appreciation of human flourishing. So thank you for the good work you’re doing.

    It occurs to me that we’re seeing a renaissance in philosophy that is anchored in the concerns of everyday life. Here, I thought I’d mention some other useful sites that readers can peruse and explore.

    1.) Philosophical Practice. Since the 1990s, trained philosophical counselors (see, for instance, appa.edu) having been working with individuals and institutions on questions concerning the meaning and value of life. Since Freud, the focus has been almost exclusively on individuals who were suffering from mental illness. There’s much to be said for helping those who are suffering, but what about rational, intact individuals who would like to learn how to live better? What of those who are doing all right but find that there’s something in their lives that’s missing? Something left unfulfilled? How could our lives be optimized by coming to understand ourselves more completely?

    2.) Organizations: From GDP to Happiness. Among many others, Action for Happiness (actionforhappiness.org) and The Happiness Initiative at Sustainable Seattle (http://sustainableseattle.org/sahi) are seeking to change the topic of conversation from economic growth to happiness metrics. What would society be like, they ask, if we measured economic viability in terms of individual and group happiness?

    3.) Public Policy. The UK in particular has begun trying to implement Positive Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy into its schools. Jules Evans has been discussing this movement at his website (http://www.politicsofwellbeing.com).

    4.) Journals and Magazines. The Philosophers’ Magazine (TPM) and the recently launched Journal of Modern Wisdom (http://www.modernwisdom.co.uk) both seek to return philosophy to the public sphere. JMW is quite refreshing and very readable.

    5.) Schools. The School of Life and Idlers’ Academy, both of which are based in London, offer courses, seminars, and workshops on philosophy of life for individuals who would like to understand the modern world more clearly.

  • mackenzie loertscher
    October 5, 2011 - 7:26 pm

    To me life’s biggest moments seem really short. but the great thing is the memory of that moment lasts forever ♥ well at least the good ones do!

  • bryan
    October 5, 2011 - 7:54 pm

    I really like the fact that you are exploring the science and history of happiness, and including reality in your discussion. What I have seen of your site so far reinforces my view that reality consists of ‘Light’ and ‘Dark’ and you can’t even define one without the other; and to truly find Happiness, (or more accurately, to let Happiness find you), you must seek knowledge; and that particular journey is not always conducive to happiness; leaving us with a paradox. As I stated recently on another web site (responding to the prevalent “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” perspective) “I believe genuine Happiness lives in the same neighborhood as Truth and Wisdom – just around the corner from Pain and Adversity. I’m going to keep knocking on doors.” I hope you do, also. Thanks for the most balanced perspective I have thus far seen in a ‘Happiness’ web site.

  • Paul
    January 5, 2012 - 6:55 pm

    I really like this piece in terms of style and content and in short demonstrates the brilliance of an ancient thinker and his effect on society that will live on. The website is very good.

  • kim
    January 13, 2012 - 6:04 am

    Happiness is like jam: You can’t spread it without getting some on yourself.

  • veera balaji
    January 15, 2012 - 2:29 am

    thanks for a clear and crisp intro to al-ghazali’s ideas / philosophy.

  • Lee Barber
    January 15, 2012 - 1:19 pm

    This is very well put. I read the Nicomachean Ethics years ago and adopted it as my personal philosophy of happiness. As I look back from her, I see that yes I am happy with the choices I have made to this point. I have balance….

  • John Harag
    January 18, 2012 - 10:34 pm

    Thomas Aquinas is one of my favorite theologians. I think the author is on to something in saying “perhaps he actually achieved a beatific vision of God, a vision so strong that it rendered all of his words obsolete.” But, I think the conclusion oversimplifies. If we are speaking of a happiness with the living God, such cannot be fully experienced from one’s deathbed. That is, the divine, supernatural, wholly spiritual God cannot be engaged while the human spirit is still joined to the physical body. Such a beatific vision would likely be far greater ‘beatitudo’ than Aquinas thought possible to experience on earth, yet even greater still would it be on the other side of the veil.

    I prefer to think of the ‘beatitudo’ as the Christian joy, and ‘felicitas’ as happiness. Happiness may be fleeting, or last through most of life in practice and memory, but joy is permanent. Some degree of pure, unadulterated felicitas-joy is attainable in this life, as attached to the virtues of faith, hope, and selfless love. Yet, steadfast dedication to the Aristotelian virtues must have the potential to grant such whole satisfaction that it would seem a perfect happiness, if only attained for a short time. The imperfection of this beatitudo-happiness is only as limiting as the imperfection of this world.

    Perhaps Aquinas certainly did underestimate the attainability of such happiness.

  • Carl Massy
    January 25, 2012 - 10:40 pm

    This was a very well written and interesting article. I write a lot about happiness and am very intrigued by Aristotle and his teachings. I was actually searching for the origins of the word ‘pursuit’ when I found your article. I understand that pursuit as it was originally written and in the context of happiness, was more about the practice of happiness, rather than the chasing after. Great article. Thanks a lot.

  • Harsha Mutucumarana
    January 27, 2012 - 2:31 pm

    I had bought Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book titled “Creativity” some time back but had not read it although the few pages I randomly selected had prompted me to buy it. I never noticed that I had it with me, till I started reading “The Evolving Self”! I was so impressed of his vision and yesterday went in search and bought the “Flow”. I feel HAPPY now that we were fortunate enough to live in the same millennium with Mihaly.

    Thank You, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi for making us love living this life in this world full of entropy.

  • Kristina
    January 28, 2012 - 9:02 am

    Wow! What a powerful seminar! It definitely makes a difference when you have someone talking and explaining to you the theory and studies of happiness rather than just reading it on your own. The examples were GREAT too! This being done first thing in the morning really kicked started my day. I’m ready to be happy NOW!

  • tamimu adriano
    January 30, 2012 - 8:06 am

    to be happy is one of important things in our daily life so we must look four something that can make us happy

  • jenna
    February 10, 2012 - 2:19 pm

    The smiles of happiness and love spread like a catchy disease!!!!:D
    (a good one)!!!!!!!!!!

  • kamran
    February 16, 2012 - 10:47 pm

    This is so well written and such an accessible introduction to anyone interested in Aristotle’s thoughts. I particularly liked how the author weaved in contemporary examples.

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