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Perhaps Fulfillment Is A Better Word.

Life has never been anything close to happy for your truly. I grew up despising the world around me and hated nothing in it more than myself. At some point I decided that do gain any semblance of contentment I would need to escape the oppressive world that I called home. And so I joined the Army.
Life is better, most days I don't feel the urge to crawl out of my own skin, for now anyways. But I live forever under the fear of being deployed and this frightens me most because I fear being fundamentally changed as a person.

I know where I want to go in life, my real problem is getting there.
maximbio maximbio 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 24, 2011

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It seems that covering a topic in print raises all kinds of semantic issues since there isn't time or space to delve into all the possible applications of a word or phrase, and, IMO much is either lost of misunderstood because of that. I prefer happiness because it is a more "charged" word for me but there are many possibilities as offered here:



Main Entry: happiness

Part of Speech: noun

Definition: high spirits, satisfaction

Synonyms: beatitude, blessedness, bliss, cheer, cheerfulness, cheeriness, content, contentment, delectation, delight, delirium, ecstasy, elation, enchantment, enjoyment, euphoria, exhilaration, exuberance, felicity, gaiety, geniality, gladness, glee, good cheer, good humor, good spirits, hilarity, hopefulness, joviality, joy, jubilation, laughter, lightheartedness, merriment, mirth, optimism, paradise, peace of mind, playfulness, pleasure, prosperity, rejoicing, sanctity, seventh heaven, vivacity, well-being

Antonyms: depression, gloom, misery, pain, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness, woe