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On Happiness

What is happiness? It is a feeling of contentment or satisfaction. I am not referring to fleeting enjoyable moments or short experiences of pleasure, but an enduring sense of contentment and satisfaction with one’s life. This desire to feel happy is what motivates most people. To be happy is the meaning and purpose of human existence. Most people, don’t say to themselves, ” I am going to do this or that or some other thing so I can be happy.” Instead, the pursuit of happiness is carried out indirectly in one’s quest for pleasure or satisfying experiences. Continue reading

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What is Art For: The Purpose of Art

By Dave Hood All art exists for a purpose. Picasso said, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Edward Hopper, a realist painter during the time of modernism, reminds us that “Great art … Continue reading

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Making Good Use of Leisure

By Dave Hood George Bernard Shaw once said, “The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.” Leisure time is what a person does when not working, whether … Continue reading

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Why You Should be Reading

By Dave Hood Many people never read anything and prefer to spend their leisure time watching reality television, soap operas, reruns. There’s nothing wrong with watching television. However, I have discovered that reading is a far better way of enriching … Continue reading

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What Makes People Happy

“Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”–Aristotle By Dave Hood Many of the great philosophers have attempted to answer the question: What makes people happy? World religions, such as Christianity, have … Continue reading

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Personal Essay: Why I Read

By Dave Hood I’ve often wonder why many people don’t read.  Each day, before dawn, before I begin my day at work, I rise to sip hot coffee, read the morning paper in solitude. I read to discover what is making news … Continue reading

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