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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Thread: What makes people happy?

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    Re: What makes people happy?

    It's always a bit difficult to know what other people mean by 'happy', because we're all so different, but I think we are best off when we get our attention of our imaginary 'selves' and get on with something useful, particularly something creative which needs most of our talents to get it done.

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    Re: What makes people happy?

    I find it interesting that being religious is last on the list.
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    Re: What makes people happy?

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    A nice dose of Schadenfreude
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    Re: What makes people happy?

    Quote Originally Posted by DashingAmerican View Post
    I find it interesting that being religious is last on the list.
    It's all very subjective. People believe for different reasons. I personally also think some religions can cause folks more stress than others.
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    Re: What makes people happy?

    Quote Originally Posted by DashingAmerican View Post
    I find it interesting that being religious is last on the list.
    Personally I think that being religious and/or spiritual DOES make people happy, on the whole (although I didn't vote for it because I think there are other things that have a bigger impact on happiness). The statistical data seems to strongly point to the conclusion that religious people tend to be happier, even after controlling for other variables. And I'm an atheist.

    EDIT: Not that I'm suggesting anyone should change their beliefs just to make themselves happy. I'd be lying to myself if I tried to convince myself that there is a God. But there are other ways to be spiritual. I'm very much an empirical, scientific method type of guy...but I've been experimenting with meditation recently because there seems to be some actual scientific basis for the mental health benefits of meditating, once you strip away all of the New Age or Eastern philosophy.
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    Re: What makes people happy?

    I'm married to a great lady. We have total trust in each other. We are both pretty independent and we like it that way. I'm a lucky man. Not working makes me happy. Travel outside the U.S. makes me extremely happy. My children, dogs, old friends, craft beer, loads of books to read, good music, foreign films, good whiskey, college football, the desert after a good rain, grits and a log fire makes me happy.










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    Re: What makes people happy?

    Quote Originally Posted by DashingAmerican View Post
    I find it interesting that being religious is last on the list.
    being religious doesnt make you happy but maybe it helps you become serene.

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    Re: What makes people happy?

    Obviously, all these things make some people happy. I'd say the things that make just about everybody happy as a general rule, though, are love, friends, free time and money.
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