How to Measure Your Pleasure

Measure Your Pleasure
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"Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalized." Gilbert K. Chesterton
"Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalized." Gilbert K. Chesterton

Happiness is...

Imagine a summer meadow. Gloriously lit sky reigning over the beautiful green grass. There is a gentle breeze blowing and the soft rustle of leaves.There is a hint of a fragrance in the air, without overwhelming the senses. In the distance there is a steady trickle of a stream. On the meadow, there is the sound of children playing. Their laughter is carried through the breeze and reaches our ears.

Pure, untainted, effortless laughter that can only come from being blissfully happy.

When was the last time you felt that way?

And what, dear reader, was it that made you so blissfully, unconditionally happy?

The quest for happiness could be a fulfilling one. Or it could be equally elusive.

We've all been happy, some more happy than others. We've all been happy for various reasons, and sometimes without any reason at all.

As GK Chesterton said, 'Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalized'.

If the definitions of happiness are so subjective and elusive, how on earth are we going to measure our pleasure? Can we actually calculate happiness?

Much as I admire Mr Chesterton, he is not going to stop me from attempting to discuss happiness with you, dear reader. I know with that image of a summer meadow fresh in your mind, with the secret of calculating happiness close by, you're going to follow me.

Your curiosity has already been piqued by my promises.

Come, then, step in.



To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery.  The revery alone will do, If bees are few. - Emily Dickinson
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few. - Emily Dickinson
Now much has been debated about the right answer and a happy answer. while some answers are both right and happy, some may just be right but not happy. Some, thankfully, may not be right but they are happy.
Now much has been debated about the right answer and a happy answer. while some answers are both right and happy, some may just be right but not happy. Some, thankfully, may not be right but they are happy. | Source

What makes you Happy?

Like those children in the meadow, there have been many occasions where my happiness has exceeded my expectations. As a father, husband, son, brother, physician I have had the privilege of giving and taking happiness from many acts.The question that was asked by our co-creator bravewarrior was ' Setting the world and your obligations aside, what makes YOU happy?

Yes, whenever I have answered this question before, I related to external factors. Never have I considered much about my internal factors, a measure of my inner happiness.

There are many pursuits that bring me happiness in solitude. ( Don't be naughty, that's not what I meant!) And certainly writing, creating, sharing is one of them. perhaps the one that gives me great delight.

Being curious, learning new things, taking the time to appreciate nature and humanity's many achievements in art and science and then writing about them is certainly my pleasurable preoccupation.

My restless mind contemplated happiness and began to wonder if there was anyway we could measure it apart from those boring questionnaires. Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon the Felicific Calculus.

Jeremy Bentham (15 February 1748 – 6 June 1832)
Jeremy Bentham (15 February 1748 – 6 June 1832)

Mnemonic Doggerel by Bentham

Intense, long, certain, speedy, fruitful, pure—
Such marks in pleasures and in pains endure.
Such pleasures seek if private be thy end:
If it be public, wide let them extend
Such pains avoid, whichever be thy view:
If pains must come, let them extend to few.

“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.”  ― Charlotte Brontë
“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.” ― Charlotte Brontë

Felicific Calculus

Let's for the moment imagine happiness as a measure. You could plot it on a scale from utter despair to extreme ecstasy. But how do we calculate pleasure? More importantly how do we reconcile the fact the same activity that can cause mild annoyance in one person can cause intense happiness in another?

Enter Jeremy Bentham, an 18th century English philosopher and social reformer who founded the theory of Panommion. In this greatest happiness principle he says that 'the measure of right and wrong is the greatest happiness of the greatest number'.


To assist his philosophy of utilitarianism, Bentham came up with a formula for calculating happiness.



Bentham's formula takes into account the following measures when calculating pleasure from an action - he called it the Felicific Calculus:

  1. Intensity: How strong is the sense of pleasure?
  2. Duration: How long will the sense of pleasure last?
  3. Certainty: What is the likelihood that pleasure will happen?
  4. Propinquity: How quickly will pleasure arrive?
  5. Fecundity: What is the probability that the action will always cause the same pleasure.
  6. Purity: What is the probability that the pleasure will remain pure and not mixed with pain.
  7. Extent: Just how many people will this action cause pleasure to?


The Pleasure of Writing....
The Pleasure of Writing....
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.”  ― Groucho Marx
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.” ― Groucho Marx
“Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.”  ― Daphne du Maurier
“Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.” ― Daphne du Maurier
“He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.”  ― William Blake
“He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.” ― William Blake
“People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you're fortunate. But happiness is the result of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it,  sometimes even travel around the world
“People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you're fortunate. But happiness is the result of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, sometimes even travel around the world | Source

My Happy Place

I have always wondered why writing gave me so much pleasure. Like many of you I too have many roles, Father, Husband, Son, Brother, Physician, Employer, Leader, Teacher. These roles give me a lot of responsibility, happiness and sometimes pain. Much as I appreciate and value these roles, when you strip away all that, edit out all those external factors that make me who I am, there is still one activity that I keep returning to that makes me happy unconditionally.

That is of course, writing.

If I apply Bentham's formula to this act:

The act of creating something from pure thought and writing it down does give me intense pleasure ( Of course there may be other activities where the intensity of pleasure could be much higher.... but stay with me on this)

When I write something I love, the Duration of pleasure that follows is for posterity. There are poems, stories and articles that I've written I am very proud of. Every time I think of them, re-read them I am happy - the pleasure continues forever.

The Certainty of pleasure from my creations is fixed. I have no uncertainty over a good piece of writing. It always makes me happy to create.

The pleasure of writing is immediate. As soon as a sentence or a string of words arrive on my screen or paper, fresh from my cerebrum - heck, they give pleasure even as they arrive. Propinquity indeed.

Every piece of writing that I create gives me the same pleasure - Fecundity in action. Of course some more than other. The beauty is even those where others may question the quality of - even those that I wrote in my formative years of varying quality gave me pleasure as I created them. Why else would I have continued this pursuit?

The pleasure from writing is pure and untainted for me. I am fortunate not to torment myself over the process of writing or the subsequent editing, I enjoy the process and view it as growth, a journey to excellence, but always a pleasurable act in its Purity.

And finally the act of publishing it here in hubpages or in the pages of a magazine, a book, a radio play, the response I receive, the feedback, the positive comments - they all show me the Extent this pleasure can reach.

The art of crafting words that seep through other peoples minds and make them sigh with pleasure is magical. Whether read by one other, a thousand or a million, the extent of pleasure from writing cannot be disputed!


To me happiness is a choice I make. I choose to seek out my inner self, my inner landscape and fill it , paint it with happy images. Reading and writing has always helped me to expand this landscape. - Mohan Kumar
To me happiness is a choice I make. I choose to seek out my inner self, my inner landscape and fill it , paint it with happy images. Reading and writing has always helped me to expand this landscape. - Mohan Kumar

The Secret of Happiness?

There are many who propose to know the secret of happiness. There are religious, philosophical and psychological explanations as to what makes us happy.

Scientists tell us that it is all in the brain chemistry. Religion tells us it is in the pursuit of God. And depending on what philosophy we choose to follow, there are a million explanations to happiness.

One thing I am certain of. You know that meadow where the sun shines, the stream flows and the children laugh ... that meadow sprung from my mind, my imagination. There are many more happy places that reside in my mind that I can call for. Sometimes I choose to shut these out and look at reality with all its light and shadows. Sometimes I open these doors wide, enjoy the experience and invite my readers in too. And it is my choice.

To me happiness is a choice I make. I choose to seek out my inner self, my inner landscape and fill it , paint it with happy images. Reading and writing has always helped me to expand this landscape.

I am happy that I write.

I am happy that you read what I write.

Docmo


© Mohan Kumar 2012


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

How to measure your pleasure. I like that title. Great photo of you and your kids. Thanks for sharing your happy perspective Doc! :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Docmo, I enjoyed every word you’ve written in here, and I so understand and share the intense pleasure you find in writing. Some people actually labeled me as being ‘crazy for writing my life away’… They have NO idea! I can but only know that I know pleasure and happiness never to be discovered by them. And this too, knowing that my happiness is exclusively mine and therefor more precious, makes me happy.

I am so happy that you write.

I am so happy to read what you write.

I’ve danced all your buttons up to the stars….

Oh, and I LOVE Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy'


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Great perspective, Mohan! Your approach depicts the many facets of who you are. From the scientist to the creative writer, happiness comes to you from many places. You are truly blessed and so are all of us who are coming to know you.

You are a pleasure, my friend!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and much enjoyed. Great pics and great words of truth. Passing this on. Video makes it just tied up in one wonderful package.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dearest Mohan,

I am so proud of you. This is a beautiful, happy and yet, scientific, read.

You, my sir, have your priorities in clear and working order. The picture of you and your wonderful kids says it all.

Way to go... Love this so much! Voted UP and across the board.

Hugs, Maria


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Mohan (Docmo),

My reading your Hub couldn't have come at a better time.

I've been trying to work through a problem...my principles and beliefs vs what other people want me to do. Your article helped give me the answer I needed.

I'm happy and thinking in a postive manner once again.

Thank you, my friend.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Hey Doc - Love the video. Been sharing it all over the place and pinned your hub too. I found my happy place reading this. Wonderful photo of your children with you. Thanks so much!


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teresapelka 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

I don't want to make you unhappy, but you could revise on your happiness with writing. Is it enough you put anything on paper or computer screen? That would be a graphomaniac's joy ;)

I'm not convinced there would be universal happiness. Humans are more autonomous in emotionality. If you're unhappy, the meadow and kids' laughter will not make you happy. It's going to be another's happiness.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

I totally agree with you on being happy when writing, because I feel the same way and get a sort of high when I write and see the words actually coming to life on the screen. Also loved the picture of you and your family. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feeling here and have of course voted, shared and tweeted too!!


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

I am happy to read what you write, docmo....As for happiness (either ongoing or transient), I tend toward Daphne du Maurier's perspective: "Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.” I believe attitude has much to do with one's happiness. It begins in the mind.

Thanks for sharing the family photo. Those big smiles say it all.

Voted Up++++

Jaye


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Linda- thank you for being here first. I know the title can give 'rise' to all kinds of ambiguity but I like the concept of measuring one's pleasure. You're a darling for sharing this on FB. Much appreciated.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

There are many things that make me happy and writing is one of those that I had to defend more from those who cannot understand. This wonderful collaboration gave me an opportunity to do this 'scientifically'. Reading all the other perspectives is a joyful experience as is feeling part of a bigger picture. thank you Martie, now I know for certain why you're Baby Tjoklits!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Sha, you truly are a brave warrior. Without your guidance and questions we wouldn't have been reflecting on ourselves and on what makes us happy away from all those other roles we play. Its a true testament to your 'Cherokee spirit' the brave, unabashed reflection on life that can only come from those ancient lines that communed with nature in all its purity. thank you!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Gypsy rose: thank you for your kind words and appreciation. I enjoyed the video for its sheer joy of taking the music to the masses in that video and how the faces of those around showed sheer unadulterated pleasure listening to Beethoven.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Maria- I am proud to be a part of this bigger picture and to be given an opportunity to participate in the awesomeness of this event. All your perspectives were inspiring and sublime. I am privileged to be able to be associated with this. thank you for inviting me along. Hugs.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Mohan, I know this is your place to shine, but you have made my day with your response to my comment! I have a pair of rose-colored glasses with your name on them. Shall I pass them to you?


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Daisy - finding our inner landscape and seeking happy places is our prerogative. that is not to say we can't share, forgive and commune together. It takes a broader mind to give credit where its due. I ma glad in someway this hub helped you and thank you for your visit.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Audrey- thank you so much for your visit and comments. I am glad my shared inner happiness is others happy place too. Much appreciated!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Teresa - thank you very much for your visit. This perspective is not an universal answer to happiness but a mere reflection on what makes me happy away from my other roles and responsibilities. As I said happiness is a choice. If we choose not to be happy in the meadow or with writing, it is our choice too.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Janine I can see a fellow scribes passion in your writing too. thats perhaps why I enjoy a shared sense of happiness when I read your work. I have always wanted to and have written and created since I was a child. It must be in my genes. Away from the other aspects fo my life that make me happy, this solitary pursuit is one of the best sources of my inner glow. thank you so much!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

You are absolutely right Jaye- it certainly is the quality of thought and a state of mind. And I believe that the quality of thought and the state of mind are enhanced in the shared act of intimacy in the writer and the reader. Than you so much for your visit!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Sha.. that would be a privilege to wear those. I shall treasure that pleasure!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Here you are, my friend. How do they feel? The sunset is more vibrant. The rose more brilliant. Do you see the beautiful aura of each human? They may not know they shine, but we who wear rose-colored glasses see beauty in all life. Man may shield it with a cloak of doubt and mistrust, insecurity and greed. But the rose-colored glasses see through all of that, much like Superman's X-ray vision glasses. Rose-colored glasses have the power to see within and bring beauty to the forefront.

Welcome to my world, Doc! May I suggest instead of handing out lollipops to your young patients, as they do here in the US, you offer them a pair of rose-colored glasses? I prefer the round shape John Lennon wore.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Thank you, dear friend. I hand out pictures to color, a nice poem or a little story to my young patients. They offer similar visions of beauty through story, song or art. The glasses would be a true bonus too. appreciate them, sha.


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

"This collaboration invited me to engage in reflection on a common theme"

What a thoughtful and keen observation to recognize that our shared work and common interest to produce this series provides each of us with a peek into our true selves and what makes us happy - relationship. The Bible declares that "love is the perfect bond of unity" . . . we are created beings who require others, we need community, we become the real people we were made to be through relationship. The urge to be accepted by others, to fit in, etc, is often corrupted into a selfish interest serving our own desires and fears - but in it's pristine core it is perhaps our most divine-like feature . . . perfect unity through love.

(one after the other, as I get to all your hubs I am continuously delighted)


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Indeed, Mickey. Love is the perfect bond of unity. The shared love of an idea, a process of creating a perspective, the mutual respect, the common bond of camaraderie free of selfish self serving agenda is reflected in our collaboration. and thanks to your stewardship we've arrived at this point in unison. Jai Ho!


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

"the common bond of camaraderie free of selfish self serving agenda"

Yes! And especially so because I'm going to win, I will crush you all when the 'Best Perspectives' trophies are awarded . . . then we'll see who's REALLY loved around here.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful, beautiful write. Happiness comes when we fulfill our need, whether it be writing or finishing a project that brings us joy. Seeing Pooh in this piece brought a joyful smile. Many times it is the most simple abstracts that we connect with that brings the most joy. You have a beautiful family. Cheers my friend..


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

And I am happy that you write, so I can be happy when I read it!....I loved this madly from beginning to end...simply brilliant and the flash mob video a wonderful BONUS! Thank you Docmo, our resident Wonder Boy.... UP+++


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Not if I crush you first, Mickey Senior! There's steel in these talons!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Ruby, as always you 'explore' my writing with such careful consideration, sublime enjoyment and reward me with wonderful comments. I'm happy that you read me. thank you!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Paula, one can always tell those who skim over the surface and exude a quick comment from those who read, enjoy, experience and leave feedback that makes me beam. You, my love, is one of those. I beam with pleasure at your arrival to any of my hubs. thank you!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Does Nurse mar hafta come in here and break you two boys up...

I can hardly wait to see the Vanity series... I already love the eyewear.

Docmo, I am sure the little ones love you. That may be the sweetest thing you've ever admitted to... minus the talons!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

If you turn up here, Mar, we'll end up fighting over you. But you may distract us enough to stop ripping each other up... he started it, though ;-)


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

I love the formula, Docmo. The fecundity and consistency is the part that makes happiness a little bit difficult to acquire because of the intervening factors that come with the many hats that each of us has to wear. But, ultimately, it is a choice, and we are all happy to write for others to read!


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

Fantastic hub Docmo! I completely agree with what you said about happiness being a choice! My husband and I are examples of this. The same things will happen to us and I choose not to let them bother me... whereas he focuses on them and lets them really bring him down or upset him. I feel like if he could learn to let things go and focus on the good instead of the bad he'd see much more happiness in his life. Truly a great hub Docmo, really gets the reader to think ^_^ voted a bunch and shared!


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melbelle 4 years ago from Southern United States

I loved the video clip of the orchestra. Wow! That made me smile! And I agre with you about "writing".


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OMG, Maria!! Yes....2 snotty nosed boys in a scuffle! Docmo's last comment has me doubled over....."HE started it!!!!" Wow, did that yank me back 30 years, pulling my little Gremlins apart!! lmao....


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Paula, Oh boys will be boys...I am so doubled over, it's like a bad Twister scene... Hi y'all... Hugs, Maria


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Michelle- thanks for your comments and glad you liked the 'formula'- always like learning something knew and sharing it!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Thank you Sasha. I always liked the fact that the same event can evoke different reactions in people based on their 'choice' or perspective. We optimists and realists dont let it get on top of us. Much appreciated!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

LMAO. glad we could take you back years. Paula and Maria... we know who to call in a scuffle. Separate us, take us apart and maybe buy us some icecream to calm us down. But dont forget who gets the extra toppings, cuz he did START it. :-P


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

melbelle- that flashmob video did have me smiling all the way- Glad you enjoyed it!


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Pfennig 4 years ago

Eye opening. I have never heard of reliably researching a topic as ephemeral as "happiness". Most writings on this topic seem based in debating the validity of the quoted opinions of others, comparing and contrasting to the writers' own opinions. Neither have I heard of the "Felicific Calculus". I especially liked how you applied this calculation, relating this evanescent emotion to concrete events and examples in your own life. Although you do not say so, application of such a “calculation” can assist in decision making over such choices as education and career paths or vacation options.

As an aside observation, your choice of pictures with accompanying quotes do a good job of enhancing your article’s theme, without changing its direction.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed this excursion into capturing objective something so subjective. It is still one man's opinion but I loved the way Bentham broke down the 'factors' of happiness. Thanks for sharing!


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kyokoyoshizumi 4 years ago from Toronto

Congratulations! great hub! It reminds me of the saying that Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile by Albert Einstein.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Enjoyed reading, about what makes you happy and what happiness means to you. The formula is very interesting and got me thinking!! Am very happy to read what you write, great hub voted up and shared.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

It always irks me when Effer gets here before me and take the words right out of my mouth ;) I was going to say, if writing makes you happy imagine how happy we are to read what you write!

One man's opinion of happiness is shared by so many here on hubpages and we are so glad that your flower brightens the meadow we travel in.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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teresapelka 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

@hub author

I'll never ask forgiveness for my langugae professionalism. If you're not concerned with the quality of your writing, you're a graphomaniac.

'I have no uncertainty over a good piece of writing. It always make me happy to create', you say in your article here.

However you choose to be happy, don't assume. ;)


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Mohan,

I know an awful lot of writers on HubPages, actually elsewhere as well. I always appreciate your professionalism, your attention to detail and the diversity in your topics that you share with us.

I am inspired on a daily basis by your writing and your beautiful friendship. And you also make me very happy. But I'd never want you to assume that about me...I wanted to be sure you knew.

I look forward to your next creation. Hugs, Maria


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I am inspired by your words and reflections on life perspectives today. You have posted some positive quotes, views of life and photos that will bring an awareness of how much knowing your true self is needed to enjoy life. The video was so awesome, how beautiful! Your family is blessed.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

kyokoyo- thank you for your visit and comment.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Nithya- as you know I always like finding out new things and sharing it. Thanks for your visit/comments.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Mary- I know that feeling when a fellow hubber/friend steals the word right out of your mind. shows how we share similar feelings and thoughts about a piece of writing. Your continued support and appreciation is a great gift for someone like me who thrives on such feedback. I'm so lucky!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Teresa- well spotted. In fact I love words so much, I am confident that over the years I have grown attached to their cadence, structure and rich history. If that makes me a graphomaniac, an etymologist, a phililogist or a graphologist I am happy to be all of them! ;-)


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Maria, you are such a sweetheart. I am happy that I make you happy and the feeling is so very much mutual. However virtual and remote they may be... those 4 letters ( hugs) make me feel ever so happy because I know the genuine feeling behind them. I'm so glad to have your friendship. Thank you again.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Dianna- thank you so much. I came home from work feeling a tad drained and down from the daily demands of my profession. These wonderful comments have cheered me up endless!


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

A wonderful examination of what "real" happiness is and where it comes from. I think that hapiness is something that could never be truly rationalized or measured (like love) but I do like that idea of Bentham's Felicific Calculus. It is very useful in examining what is true happiness. Does eating the piece of chocolate cake really make you "happy". I might just use that in my quest to make better choices for myself.... I also enjoyed your choices of photos and captions. You have an incredible talent for conveying information in an understandable and enjoyable way. Thank you for sharing it!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Thank you Dana... I am glad you enjoyed this. appreciate your visit.. I know you'd like the Felicific calculus. wonder how it applies to eatign chocolate and other such pleasures!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I couldn't agree with you more, wrting a poem and seeing the finished piece always makes me happy. And I am happy to be reading your take on this wonderful series.

Love the photo of you and your boys.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

I never question my happiness, but give thanks for it. If I feel sad, then I question where my happiness has gone and what I have to do to bring it back.

A great question and fantastic answer, Doc. VUMS. :)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Ah, Docmo, the Felicific Calculus. Never dreamed I would encounter it again outside of ivied walls. Your research is impeccable, m'dear, and since Groucho is one of my heroes, then of course, you are, too.

You know I'm going to have to reread this at least two more times. Promise.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Doc,

I never thought about measuring happiness. There are times when I feel happiness for no particular reason and then start thinking why, then I stop and just enjoy the feeling.

Voted up and awesome

Take care :)


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Wow! You really analyzed happiness - it is almost exhausting! LOL I agree with you, writing also makes me happy, otherwise I wouldn't write. But, other things make me happy also - a sunny day, a beautiful blue sea, a white sandy beach, a lovely breeze, a butterfly. Sometimes the greatest happiness I experience is sometimes alone or in solitude. May be that makes me an introvert - I don't know. I am happy at family gatherings, watching my nephew play football, shopping with my sister and niece, Christmas parties, 4th of July parties, visiting a winery with a friend - so I guess I'm also an extrovert. Life in general makes me happy. I guess I just accept happiness and don't bother to anyalyze it or measure it. But, then I'm not a physician. LOL This is a great hub and I'm happy to know you are happy!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Mohan, what an interesting article. I really enjoyed it. Your description of your happiness arising from your writing really resonated with me as well, though I get more happiness from writing fiction which I do rarely and even more pleasure from writing music which I haven't done for a long time - I recently admitted to my husband that I hadn't been able to play the piano because I was too unhappy (due to work - now no longer an issue) so I may get a chance to do it soon. You are right about kids laughing in the meadow though - can't remember the last time I felt that happy, lucky devils :o)


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This hub is very interesting. I agree that happiness is a choice, just as misery is a choice. You sound like you are very very aware of what makes you happy and that is good. Your descriptions of the kids reminded me of my youth, but I haven't felt that degree of happiness in a long time, even though I am happy most of the time. Voted up and awesome.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Thank you very much Pamela.. appreciate your visit. Being aware of what makes me happy and making a choice to do so is a hard earned lesson... I'm glad I am reflector and a reviewer in my head.


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acaetnna 3 years ago from Guildford

Wow this was brilliant and I especially loved the You Tube.


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SilentReed 3 years ago from Philippines

What a wonderful idea! One can think of many application for the felicific calculus beside what it was intended for; reforming and legislation of laws. Next time I make love to a woman, I'll bring along a questionnaire base on Bentham's pain / pleasure formula that we both can fill out after. Think of the wasted time and heartaches that could be avoided. We could decide at once if we were compatible or not, just by comparing notes on the pain and pleasure inflicted on each other.OUCH! (One wonders if Bentham formulated his theory inside the pain and pleasure (S & M) establishments that merry old England was famous for: ;-)


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abbaelijah 2 years ago from Nigeria

I love this quote " More importantly how do we reconcile the fact the same activity that can cause mild annoyance in one person can cause intense happiness in another".

this is a wonderful and useful hub, thanks for sharing !

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