What does "Happiness" mean to you?

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If someone were to ask you what "Happiness" was, what would you say?

I'm not asking about "Success". I want to know what makes you "Happy". What single life-changing event would make you "Happy" for a majority of your life (I know there are situations we can't handle).

So what is "Happiness" in your definition?
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  • Profile picture of the author GMD
    Originally Posted by Justin Lewis View Post

    If someone were to ask you what "Happiness" was, what would you say?

    I'm not asking about "Success". I want to know what makes you "Happy". What single life-changing event would make you "Happy" for a majority of your life (I know there are situations we can't handle).

    So what is "Happiness" in your definition?
    Happiness is fleeting -- it's not a constant.

    There's yin and yang for a reason; night and day; up and down; north and south. I think too much "happiness" would lead to unhappiness.

    I think true "happiness" is the ability to get high off your good moments as well as experience the high of a low moment.

    Life's full of examples:

    A shallow person would say "happiness" is all the money in world only to have it and then find out that a lot of money just creates a whole different set of problems.

    Too little money and life becomes a rat race, a struggle just to pay the bills and one day, you've discovered life has passed you by.

    Happiness is balance. It's not having to deal with too many worries, but it's also having enough worries to remind you that you're human.
    • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
      @UsuallyClueless, I agree on many levels with what you have to say about happiness

      I believe too many people think that "Happiness" means having all the money in the world. People tend to think that just by having money they won't have any problems and they are wrong. It'll just be a different type of problem.

      Think of it this way.

      If you have too much money, you run the possibility of letting your wants get ahead of your needs. Which in many cases has caused people to go completely broke or go insane. It's also true that some people that have too much money don't "progress" as quickly as those without.

      If you have too little money, your needs almost always come first.

      I believe true "Happiness" doesn't really deal with money.

      I've seen some people that are so extremely happy it's amazing. They have literally nothing but the clothes they wear and shoes on their feet, but they are enjoying every moment of their life.

      Then I see others whom have what some would consider "everything" and they are absolutely miserable.
  • Profile picture of the author Beverley Watts
    I totally agree with usually clueless - of course money is important (and the old saying 'I'd rather be miserable with it than without it'!) But everyone needs a reason to get up in the morning
  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    Happiness is, not was, I hope.
    • Profile picture of the author Warrior Child
      In my own personal explanation I think happiness is having a complete balance and contentment in every situation in life. I can very well relate to this quote as well :

      "Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence." ~ Aristotle
  • Profile picture of the author myseoclub
    The subject cause me too much thinking of what it really means to me.

    Well, achieving what I want makes me happy, as well as simple things makes me happy, like waking up every morning and being grateful for another day given, and seeing my loved ones makes me happy.

    The feeling of happiness depends on everyday life situations...
  • Profile picture of the author Gilearn
    I think happiness is a choice you make and the satisfaction that comes with it...you cant quite define it but depends with individuals.
  • Profile picture of the author emmndi
    Happiness will alway vary to many. For me I think its a choice how you react to certain things determings you happiness or joy for that matter.
  • Profile picture of the author robertnix
    Finding happiness is like finding yourself. You don’t find happiness, you make happiness. You choose happiness. Self-actualization is a process of discovering who you are, who you want to be and paving the way to happiness by doing what brings YOU the most meaning and contentment to your life over the long run.
  • Profile picture of the author nathanbelomy
    Happiness? In the Western World that is nearly impossible, everyone is working against you in terms of success, which is nearly impossible to achieve as the entire USA is a battlefield where everyone is your enemy. I find peace in trance music, when I'm not working 247 to beat everyone; which people hate you, because they are jealous.
  • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
    @Alex,

    I absolutely agree.

    Money is just an object to possibly acquire the things that make you happy.

    However, it's not always required.

    As an example, I really enjoy motorcycles. And although yes, it does cost to purchase the motorcycle and then pay for the gas and equipment (I ride safe), after that's all said and done just knowing that I have a motorcycle pleases me enough.

    If I couldn't afford to pay for the gas, then I simply wouldn't ride it. But I would still be happy knowing that I have it.

    I know that's a bad example, but let's just say I could make my own gas and repair my own motorcycle (which I can), then BLAM! I no longer have to worry about money (except for insurance... but that's a requirement lol).

    So I believe money is more of a way to get to a point. But once you are at that point, you don't ultimately "need" money to be happy.

    P.S. For those wondering I own a 1992 Suzuki GSX 600 and a 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n. I love my babies
  • Profile picture of the author stopper
    There was a time that happiness meant my mama and papa. Now my baby mama
  • Profile picture of the author JamieGao
    You don't need money or objects to make yourself happy, all you need is a smile
  • Profile picture of the author SUPER Louie
    Happiness means doing what you like, and getting intangible rewards for it

    Ex. working on Internet Marketing than working on a 9-5 job, getting rewarded because I feel good about myself teaching others what I know
  • Profile picture of the author janicelou
    The definition can explain what it is... maybe an even better question to ask is... how can i develop a lifestyle that promotes more and more happiness for me?

    .... the definitions...

    (1)Happiness - state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.

    –noun
    1.
    the quality or state of being happy.
    2.
    good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.

    Definition of Happy
    1.
    delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing: to be happy to see a person.
    2.
    characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy: a happy mood; a happy frame of mind.
    3.
    favored by fortune; fortunate or lucky: a happy, fruitful land.
    4.
    apt or felicitous, as actions, utterances, or ideas.
    5.
    obsessed by or quick to use the item indicated (usually used in combination): a trigger-happy gangster. Everybody is gadget-happy these days.
    • Profile picture of the author elvibora
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    • Profile picture of the author JoyfulLadyJ
      Originally Posted by janicelou View Post

      The definition can explain what it is... maybe an even better question to ask is... how can i develop a lifestyle that promotes more and more happiness for me?

      .... the definitions...

      (1)Happiness - state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.

      –noun
      1.
      the quality or state of being happy.
      2.
      good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.

      Definition of Happy
      1.
      delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing: to be happy to see a person.
      2.
      characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy: a happy mood; a happy frame of mind.
      3.
      favored by fortune; fortunate or lucky: a happy, fruitful land.
      4.
      apt or felicitous, as actions, utterances, or ideas.
      5.
      obsessed by or quick to use the item indicated (usually used in combination): a trigger-happy gangster. Everybody is gadget-happy these days.
      There are many ways to increase the happiness in your life. The most important, IMO, are first making a decision that your happiness is a priority in your life (decisions have power) and then developing the mental attitudes/mindsets/beliefs that support the decision.

      One process that will continually increase the happiness you experience (if you do it more than you do negative thinking that counters it) is to appreciate. Appreciation is an awesome tool. Decide that at least once a day you will take time to appreciate at least three things. This sets filters in your brain to take notice of things to appreciate. I once had a man who had a very supportive spouse, good kids and a position as a bank president with a good salary (mid six figures) tell me "In this economy it is hard to find three things to appreciate, can I start with one?" I asked him if there was food on his table when he sat down to dinner the night before and if there was a table to set his plate on. He quickly got that appreciation does not have to be about big things. Did the sun come up today, even if hidden by clouds? I appreciate that. Is the air filled with oxygen that sustains my body? Once appreciation becomes a habit your brain will focus more on things that feel good when you experience them than things that feel bad--even if your circumstances do not change one bit, your experience of them will.

      Joy
  • Profile picture of the author dreamgirl21
    If you are happy in your personal life it will overflow into other parts
    of your life. Thinking positive also helps.
  • Profile picture of the author LiveMagnificently
    I believe happiness is only fleeting if you are happy due to external events or situations. If you can cultivate a place of peace and clarity within then you can experience happiness and joy no matter what is going on around you in your external world.

    My definition of happiness is when I am peaceful within along with feeling inspired and joyful. I seek all of these feelings from deep within me and then they flow out into anything I choose to experience that day.
  • Profile picture of the author joesfortune
    This is king of difficult to answer because happiness can be fleeting or long-lasting. If you mean the former, well, winning the lotto can give you fleeting happiness. What to do with your winnings would constitute the long-lasting happiness. And that's where the problem lies. With much fast-food mentality, we are so engrossed with fleeting happiness over the long-lasting kind.
  • Profile picture of the author cuie
    For me happiness is an attitude. It has nothing to do with situation, fortune, people, things, etc. It is how I see life: I'm happy that I am alive. Anything on top of that is a bonus
  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    Knowing that I can be, do, and have everything I want in life. And, appreciating everything I already have.

    : )
  • Profile picture of the author Eloquent
    I think Happiness is a mind frame where no matter what we experience in life, we feel contentment inside and show compassion to others at all times.
  • Profile picture of the author dmarseller
    I think that happiness is an attitude. If we are happy and think positive, good things happen to us.

    Cheers!

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