Being married and/or in a long-term relationship
Socializing with friends
Being wealthy in material/financial terms
Being religious and/or spiritual
Having leisure time
Working a job they enjoy, with people they like
Donating time and/or money to charity
"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
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.
Last edited by Kandahar; 10-25-11 at 07:26 PM.
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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.
Having a loving marriage, doing things that I enjoy, and doing my best to make a difference in the world.
If there's a god, damn it she won't mind.
If there's a god, baby she won't mind.