A Quote by Scott Raymond Adams on happiness, happiness formula, money, social life, and meaning

Happiness = health + money + social life + meaning


To make the Happiness Formulas extra useful, the highest priorities would appear first (leftmost) in the formula. For example, in the top Happiness Formula (Happiness = health + money + social life + meaning), health is a higher priority than money, which is a higher priority than social life, etc.

I realize you’ll argue with my ranking of priorities and point out all the exceptions. For example, if you have no money, you can’t afford to be healthy. But the formula only shows priorities, not absolutes. Obviously you always need a source of money, but the priority list shows that you shouldn’t take a job with high pay that will significantly affect your health. It makes more sense to get healthy and then leverage your health to get the best job. (Healthy looking people land better jobs and are more highly paid. Their brains work better too, and they have more energy.)

I rank money higher than social life or meaning because once you have money, those other things are easier to get. For example, you won’t have much of a social life if you can’t afford to do anything. And you can’t make money if your health is a mess.

Scott Raymond Adams (1957 -)

Source: The Dilbert Blog: Happiness Formula:

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A Quote by Scott Raymond Adams on meaning, purpose, and happiness

One day, about ten years ago, I was alone in my office, sitting on the couch and reflecting on the fact that I had managed to become rich and famous in my dream job. For the first time in my life, I had no goals. And for a goal-oriented guy, that’s an empty feeling. Success was supposed to feel good and stay that way. But it tricked me. There was a huge hole in my soul. I sat in my office and sobbed.

Then the change happened. It wasn’t something I thought about. It wasn’t an indication that I am a good person or a bad person. It was just some sort of chemical reaction in my moist robot head. It was natural.

I turned outward.

And in so doing, bit by bit, I found meaning. I found ways to use my success to make the world a little bit better. It’s surprising how often the opportunity comes up. It ranges from personal favors to investment decisions to my choices to continue making a comic and a blog post for you every day.

Scott Raymond Adams (1957 -)

Source: Dilbert Blog: The Meaning of Meaning:

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Scott Raymond Adams on meaning, fitness, health, and happiness

Priority-wise, it simply makes sense to take care of yourself before you start searching for a higher meaning. You aren’t much good to anyone else if you’re unhealthy, a financial burden, or an emotional basket case. Fix yourself before you turn outward. It’s best for everyone.

Scott Raymond Adams (1957 -)

Source: The Dilbert Blog: The Meaning of Meaning:

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A Quote by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj on meaning, awakening, and mind

The world is like a sheet of paper on which something is typed. The reading and the meaning will vary with the reader, but the paper is the common factor, always present, rarely perceived. When the ribbon is removed, typing leaves no trace on the paper. So is my mind - the impressions keep on coming, but no trace is left.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

Source: I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta

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A Quote by Neale Donald Walsch on rules, laws, self, purpose, and meaning

I tell you this: You are your own rule-maker. You set the guidelines. And you decide how well you have done; how well you are doing. For you are the one who has decided Who and What You Really Are—and Who You Want to Be. And you are the only one who can assess how well you’re doing.

Neale Donald Walsch

Source: Conversations with God : An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 1)

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A Quote by W. Somerset Maugham on travel, change, memory, and meaning

I can only guess that it made the world he went back to…strangely without meaning.  Though he lived in it, though he even enjoyed it, it remained utterly remote.  I think it had lost sense for him.  In his heart was the reflection of a lovely dream that he could never quite recall.

W. Somerset Maugham

Source: THE GENTLEMAN IN THE PARLOUR: A Record Of a Journey from Rangoon to Haiphong

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A Quote by Peter Cajander on existence, meaning, believes, and assumptions

Nothing has any meaning except the one we give to it - everything simply is.

Peter Cajander

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A Quote by ESK on knowledge, self, meaning, and life

If you want to know something for yourself let your self be absorbed by it so that it permeates every ounce of your being then remove yourself from it and you will find what it means to you.


Source: Myself

Contributed by: ESK

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on dream, words, reading, page, meaning, and youth

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the word begin to move around. Stressed accents begin to invert. The word abandons its meaning like an overload which is too heavy and prevents dreaming. Then words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 17

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A Quote by Milan Kundera on life and meaning

Einmal ist keinmal, says Tomas to himself.  What happens but once, says the German adage, might as well not have happened at all.  If we have only one life to live, we might as well not have lived at all.

Milan Kundera

Source: The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel (Perennial Classics), Pages: 8

Contributed by: Steve

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