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    In that, there's only so much happiness to go around, and that if someone is happy then it is at someone else's expense, even if they don't intend it to be?
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    Probably not. If a very happy person died, for example, it's unlikely that it would increase the happiness of anyone else. Conservation of Happiness is broken.
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    Life really is too short to be pondering things like this...
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    this might go off well in the economics/economics+business thread. and no, it isn't a zero sum game. (for it to be wouldn't all happyness be schadenfreude?)
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    No, because that would mean that increases in population resulted in decreases of net happiness.... which just isn't the case.
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    (Original post by _jackofdiamonds)
    In that, there's only so much happiness to go around, and that if someone is happy then it is at someone else's expense, even if they don't intend it to be?
    hopw can u say that...Life makes a road for itself and the runners are the people like us...but on the way we get lots of people who r happy or sad...but happiness as they say depends on ones mind..sometimes the happiness is because of others and sometimes it is self made..
    But Happiness if Spreaded makes others Happy...
    So always be happy..
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    Two people fall in love and make each other happy. Neither has any other admirers, so no one is disappointed. Furthermore, both of their families are happy with the partnership and are made happy because their children have found worthy partners. The other children in the families already have their own partners who they are happy with, so are not jealous. The two people have a great wedding, which is fun for all of the friends and relatives. The end.

    It's rare that anything in life is quite as good as this without any downsides, but because it is technically possible within the 'game' of life, this rules out the 'game being zero sum with regard to happiness.
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    'Happiness' isn't a commodity; so no.
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    I think that this type of question makes people miserable - forget about it.
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    (Original post by _jackofdiamonds)
    In that, there's only so much happiness to go around, and that if someone is happy then it is at someone else's expense, even if they don't intend it to be?
    What's really depressing is your always the poor sod who gets dumped on. I feel for you

    To be frank if things even out at the end you probably haven't done that badly, I wouldn't worry about it, could be worse you could be found dead tomorrow, your head stuck down the lav and a heroin needles sticking out of your arm.
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    Back to the fundamentals of the answer, HOW DO YOU MEASURE THIS HAPPINESS?!
    =D
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    (Original post by -Kav-)
    Probably not. If a very happy person died, for example, it's unlikely that it would increase the happiness of anyone else. Conservation of Happiness is broken.
    it would if said happy person died leaving two people an absolutely huge fortune that would spread some happiness.

    Money may not buy happines but it can rent it easily enough
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    (Original post by Cadre_Of_Storms)
    it would if said happy person died leaving two people an absolutely huge fortune that would spread some happiness.

    Money may not buy happines but it can rent it easily enough
    Hah, 's a fair point. OK, if a poor happy person died the point would still stand. I'm sure there are poor happy people in the world.
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    econ answer... any trades that leave all agents at least as well off and at least one agent better off will presumably be exhausted, so any future transactions will presumably make one party worse off, unless resources/technology change. That is, life is a zero sum game, apart from when technology changes or new resources are found, then everybody wins.
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    Can emotions be categorised under certain titles; happiness and sadness etc?
    Can they be seen as definitively negative or positive?

    Or are they more complicated. Or do they exist at all? etc etc etc...
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    Well according to me Life is a precious Game that has to be played by one individual itself and has no competitors.
    For there is no end to the game of life as life also continues after death.
    But the true aspect of the Game of life is not wining it but it is the way one plays the game no matter how many trials and troubles one faces.
 
 
 
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