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Posted Sunday, February 12, 2006 by Charlie Trimm

I've been reading a free book recently (a deal from the national ETS where they sent me a free book if I bought a book there). This book is called The Lost Virtue of Happiness by JP Moreland and Klaus Issler. Overall, it isn't great, but there are some good points. One of them that I have been thinking about recently is their definition of happiness. I have always been taught that happiness was based on circumstances, while joy is based on something deeper. They however, state that happiness has changed definition over the years, and that previously happiness meant what joy means now. This would put a new spin on both the Founding Fathers of America (pursuit of happiness) and the Bible (such as Matthew 5). It was just an interesting thought.

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