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Can the brain be trained into a state of persistent happiness?

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Happiness is a state of mind. Can we retain this state even in the case of sadness, depression, or a dire situation through training? What methods could one use in order to train the brain to retain the happy state?

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I'm not sure about the trained part, but there have been cases where people have spontaneously shifted into a very enjoyable state of mind for a very long time, for example: Eckhart Tolle, who supposedly spent 2 years in utter bliss.

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I would say it is impossible.

Beeing unhappy is a necessary experience to make the feeling of happiness arise. Maybe there is some joyful state that can presist over time without unhappiness but i doubt it.

As I see it, unhappiness at times comes with the deal of living.


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Can the brain be trained into a state of persistent happiness?

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Happiness is a state of mind. Can we retain this state even in the case of sadness, depression, or a dire situation through training? What methods could one use in order to train the brain to retain the happy state?


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I'm not sure about the trained part, but there have been cases where people have spontaneously shifted into a very enjoyable state of mind for a very long time, for example: Eckhart Tolle, who supposedly spent 2 years in utter bliss.

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Staying in Nirvana or bliss by spiritual enlightenment is considered a transformation beyond the body and science. My question is more pertaining to this constrained world and mind we have. Could bliss or Nirvana be scientifically explained? - mindless_thought Jan 7 at 7:10

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