View Poll Results: What do you think makes people the most happy? (Pick up to three)

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  • Being married and/or in a long-term relationship

    24 64.86%
  • Having kids

    8 21.62%
  • Socializing with friends

    23 62.16%
  • Being wealthy in material/financial terms

    13 35.14%
  • Exercising regularly

    14 37.84%
  • Being religious and/or spiritual

    6 16.22%
  • Being well-educated

    10 27.03%
  • Having leisure time

    25 67.57%
  • Working a job they enjoy, with people they like

    26 70.27%
  • Donating time and/or money to charity

    13 35.14%
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    Re: What makes people happy?

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    Re: What makes people happy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
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    Re: What makes people happy?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    There is really way too few sex and drug related options provided in this poll.
    I thought about including something like that, but unfortunately I was limited to ten options.

    In terms of sex, I dunno if it actually makes people happy outside of the context of a long-term relationship. That may be one of those things that falls into the category of "things people think will make them happy, but actually doesn't" IMO.

    Same with drugs. Aside from maybe some of the psychedelic drugs which are associated with religion/spirituality, I'm not so sure that they actually make people happy. Drugs can give people a quick thrill but many drug-users are at the worst point in their entire lives, in terms of their overall happiness.
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    Re: What makes people happy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Can I like that image 5 times? Make it ten.
    Mmmm....I know, right?


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    Re: What makes people happy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    We all know that for some people, the pursuit of happiness seems to be a dead end. Some people pursue what they think will make them happy, only to find out that they're wrong. I was discussing this with some of my friends the other day, and I was curious as to what you all thought were the biggest drivers in human happiness. Obviously everyone is different and the things that make one person happy might not necessarily make someone else happy...but I'm talking about on average. What do you think are the biggest determining factors in whether or not someone is happy?

    I could only include ten options, so if you think I missed something important please specify in the comments.
    To use a psychological term, I would say the achievement of "self-actualization."

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    Re: What makes people happy?

    Whoever likes the cheesecake picture gets to go on a trip with me to the Cheesecake Factory! Weeeee!


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    Re: What makes people happy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I thought about including something like that, but unfortunately I was limited to ten options.

    In terms of sex, I dunno if it actually makes people happy outside of the context of a long-term relationship. That may be one of those things that falls into the category of "things people think will make them happy, but actually doesn't" IMO.

    Same with drugs. Aside from maybe some of the psychedelic drugs which are associated with religion/spirituality, I'm not so sure that they actually make people happy. Drugs can give people a quick thrill but many drug-users are at the worst point in their entire lives, in terms of their overall happiness.
    It depends on the person. Some people truly do favor just the simple, easy pleasures in life.

    I don't mean to argue or belabor the point, really, as I'm sure that such people are a minority of the population. But there are those who get ample "happiness" from just getting laid or just getting high every so often.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: What makes people happy?

    Having a loving marriage, doing things that I enjoy, and doing my best to make a difference in the world.
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    Re: What makes people happy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    Whoever likes the cheesecake picture gets to go on a trip with me to the Cheesecake Factory! Weeeee!
    Who's buying?
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: What makes people happy?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
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