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?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick2253 View Post
    The same could be said about anything. Entertainment and being "put off" is basically what makes us happy. I might like going on roller coasters, and roller coasters make me happy, but they don't do anything more than drugs do.
    I disagree that cheap thrills actually make people happy. I mean, I get drunk every once in a while and it's fun at the time...but I wouldn't say that it actually makes me any happier in the grand scheme of things. Similarly, I think getting high or ****ing a random person might give someone some temporary excitement, but in the long term I don't think it actually makes them happier.

    IMO the things that make people happy in the long term generally involve relationships with other people, exercise, learning, religion/spirituality (although I'm an atheist myself), leisure, the warm and fuzzy feeling from trying to change the world, etc.
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    Re: What makes people happy?

    I'm reminded of something I saw on a TED Talk video: One year after the event, people who had won the lottery and people who had been in an accident that left them paraplegic were equally happy with their lives.
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    Re: What makes people happy?

    Quote Originally Posted by GreenvilleGrows View Post
    Consistent happiness is a choice.

    Love, productivity, health, a clear conscience, helping someone, "enough" money, seeing humor in most anything, and not taking myself too seriously.
    Yes, a clear conscience. Knowing that I have done an honorable day's work and treated others with respect and courtesy is very satisfying. So is taking time to "smell the roses" (and to prune them too!).

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    Re: What makes people happy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I disagree that cheap thrills actually make people happy. I mean, I get drunk every once in a while and it's fun at the time...but I wouldn't say that it actually makes me any happier in the grand scheme of things. Similarly, I think getting high or ****ing a random person might give someone some temporary excitement, but in the long term I don't think it actually makes them happier.

    IMO the things that make people happy in the long term generally involve relationships with other people, exercise, learning, religion/spirituality (although I'm an atheist myself), leisure, the warm and fuzzy feeling from trying to change the world, etc.
    How do any of those things provide "long term happiness" other than through a union of numerous short-term happinesses? I'm not saying that those things don't provide happiness; I mean the thing that brings me the most happiness is coming home to my girlfriend and getting a "welcome home" hug. But when I look back on what makes me "happy," I see numerous short term events and experiences that have created me for who I am today.

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    Re: What makes people happy?

    Where is none of the above and "na"?

    We are happiest when we forget we're dying.

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    Re: What makes people happy?

    Assuming you are not living in extreme poverty and have the means to meet your basic needs in life (food, clothing and shelter), then happiness is not determined by external conditions in your life. Happiness at its core is a choice that you make yourself. You have to choose to be happy and content with your life. No one can make you happy. Nothing can make you happy. Its all you.

    I am happy with my life. I have a good wife, 3 great kids, a job that enjoy doing at a good company, I exercise religiously, and have various passions in life that I enjoy. None of those things made me happy though. There are people that have a good husband or wife, but are still not happy. There are people that have wonderful kids but are still not happy. There are people that have a great job and are still not happy. There are people that are extremely fit and are still not happy. There are people that have never wanted for anything in their entire lives and are still not happy. Yet, there are people that live very simple lives with very limited means that are happy and content with there lives. In the end, its all a choice you have to make.
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    Re: What makes people happy?

    yes drugs are so innocent..

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    Re: What makes people happy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick2253 View Post
    How do any of those things provide "long term happiness" other than through a union of numerous short-term happinesses? I'm not saying that those things don't provide happiness; I mean the thing that brings me the most happiness is coming home to my girlfriend and getting a "welcome home" hug. But when I look back on what makes me "happy," I see numerous short term events and experiences that have created me for who I am today.
    Take exercise, for example. I run for 3 miles, about five times per week. The act of running itself is not particularly pleasurable or displeasurable for me...I just do it and concentrate on the running, without really thinking about how it's making me feel at the time. But when I'm not running, I'm far happier than I was when I was a couch potato. Running improves my health, self-esteem, body image, and self-confidence, which in turn make me a happier person...even though I don't necessarily look back on any specific instance of running with great pleasure. So I disagree that long-term happiness is nothing more than a series of short-term happiness.
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    Re: What makes people happy?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    Assuming you are not living in extreme poverty and have the means to meet your basic needs in life (food, clothing and shelter), then happiness is not determined by external conditions in your life. Happiness at its core is a choice that you make yourself. You have to choose to be happy and content with your life. No one can make you happy. Nothing can make you happy. Its all you.

    I am happy with my life. I have a good wife, 3 great kids, a job that enjoy doing at a good company, I exercise religiously, and have various passions in life that I enjoy. None of those things made me happy though. There are people that have a good husband or wife, but are still not happy. There are people that have wonderful kids but are still not happy. There are people that have a great job and are still not happy. There are people that are extremely fit and are still not happy. There are people that have never wanted for anything in their entire lives and are still not happy. Yet, there are people that live very simple lives with very limited means that are happy and content with there lives. In the end, its all a choice you have to make.
    I would hazard a guess that there are very few people who have good families, who have jobs they enjoy, and who exercise...but are still not happy with their lives. I agree that happiness is largely a choice, but I disagree that external factors play no role in it. As I see it, the choice isn't so much "I've decided to start being a happy person," but rather "I've decided to start taking action to improve my relationships, employment prospects, and fitness so that I become a happy person."
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    Re: What makes people happy?

    I think i'm the happiest when I'm unhappy and have something to bitch about.

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