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May 01, 2024


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happy (adj.)
Origin and meaning of happy

late 14c., "lucky, favored by fortune, being in advantageous circumstances, prosperous;" of events, "turning out well," from hap (n.) "chance, fortune" + -y (2).
Sense of "very glad" first recorded late 14c. Meaning "greatly pleased and content" is from 1520s. Old English had eadig (from ead "wealth, riches") and gesælig, which has become silly. Old English bliðe "happy" survives as blithe. From Greek to Irish, a great majority of the European words for "happy" at first meant "lucky." An exception is Welsh, where the word used first meant "wise."

Happy medium "the golden mean" is from 1702.
Happy ending in the literary sense recorded from 1756.
Happy as a clam (1630s) was originally happy as a clam in the mud at high tide, when it can't be dug up and eaten.
Happy hunting ground, the reputed Native American paradise, is attested from 1840, American English.
Happy day for "wedding day" is by 1739.
Happy hour for "early evening period of discount drinks and free hors-d'oeuvres at a bar" is by 1961, said to be 1950s.
Rock-happy (1945) was U.S. Pacific theater armed forces slang for "mentally unhinged after too much time on one island."

And here's a Buddhist take on happiness I heard from Ajahn Amaro:

"Did you ever notice that when you're thinking about yourself, you're unhappy"?

Why are you unhappy? Because 99 percent of the time you are thinking of yourself - and there isn't one.

Awesome artwork, and beautiful quotes!

I noticed the Buddhist's prayer-beads..

Like teachings from Hazur Maharaj Charan..

Those beads back in ancient times produced some awesome Simran!

The cartoon illustration is so profound.
I is the root cause of separation - it gives the illusion that duality is the truth.
Desire comes from the "I" because the "I" always feels lack, and is always seeking.

As soon as the illusory "I" is removed, there is nothing to seek.

This tiktok video elaborates

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