art of happiness: identifying negative and positive states

This one is reading (about 50 pages in at the first time of this post [17/02/10]) The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living: basically, a psychiatrist named Howard C. Cutler, M.D. dialogues with the 14th Dalai Lama about the subject of happiness.

From page 39:

…We need to clearly identify different mental states and make a disctinction, classifying them according to whether they lead to happiness or not.

Can you give some specific examples of different mental states and describe how you would classify them?

Now for instance, hatred, jealousy, anger, and so on are harmful. We consider them negative states of mind because they destroy our mental happiness…On the other hand, mental states such as kindness and compassion arte definitely very positive. They are very useful…

With this in mind, ma’habocath has begun identifying his negative emotional states. This one will treat this as Step One: Identifying The Problem. This one will meditate on each problem’s Step Two/Three/Ten: Dealing With It, as surely a one-size-fits-all solution won’t work.

ma’habocath will also write positive states in the hopes of cultivating contentment, his perpetual life goal.


Inag, or an Internal Argument. Often my mind is awash with an imagined argument, or I’ve had an argument and there was much I wanted to say later, and it is highly bothersome.

• “Afterwards (usually; sometimes it is something this one merely wish to writes), I ‘must’ come back and re-write or write more on something pointless and/or copy-paste ‘everywhere’, wasting much time and usually to no ultimate satisfaction.” What shall this one call this irritating feeling?

Brain-Desync. This one requires its own page.


• [TBA]