Three characteristics of humans that bring happiness

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Many of those who traveled India give similar impressions about the people: they seem happier than us despite the life is harsher there than here. Some of them say that this is because they accept their conditions and live on what they can get without complaints. Hyungdong Kim, Korean literature professor at Joongbu University, tells us three important characteristics of humans.

First, humans have more indirect experience than direct experience.

A difference between humans and animals is the former build civilization and the latter make almost no changes. Humans learn and make things by limitless indirect experience while animals stick to their instinct.

“Humans meet each other to obtain indirect experience through communication and reading books for the same purpose. As civilization keeps marching forward, humans today obtain indirect experience more online than meeting people and reading books. I think it also is a good way to get indirect experienceas change of time brings change of life patterns” says Kim.

Second, humans consider feelings of others

But animals focus only on the benefit of them or their family. In human society, selfish people are often regarded as ‘worse than pigs and dogs’. This arouses bad reputation and they get socially disadvantaged in jobs and in life.

Third, humans have patience

But animals satisfy their wants no matter when and where. Humans care when things should be done and how they should be done. For this, they wait patiently. “It is interesting that people living in longevity villages talk more about the people who showed kindness to them while people staying at sanatoriums talk more about the people who were unkind to them.”

“Having looked into these three characteristics of humans, happiness can be something we can get by obtaining indirect experience, considering feelings of others and being patient.”

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