What is happiness?


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What is happiness ?

You are probably wondering why I am asking this. No? Tough, I’m telling you anyway 😊

I’ve been chatting with a friend recently and said friend was
close to having a fling with a colleague.
Needless to say this is a recipe for desaster so I tried to talk him out of it ( so far, sucessfully).

So we got talking about happiness and what it means to the individual.

For me, the definition of happiness is to hear my sons laugh, to seem them smile and to hear them and Mr CB say I love you when they hug me.

Happiness also means to hear the birds sing and to feel the sun on my face when I take the dog out.

It means feeling comfortable within myself and knowing that my friends are there for me, no matter what.

It would be gread if happiness were to include a bulging bank account but unfortunately …😉

But do we have a built in right to happiness, is there anything we can do to influence it?

My friend recons we don’t, we have to take what’s given to us and be grateful.

I dissagree. I believe that our attitute can influence the outcome, although recently I’ve found it hard to keep going.

As long as I think positive, I can go on forever, smile in the face of adversity, change a hopeless situation to my advantage.

As long as I think positiv that is…

This is my definition of happiness, it may differ from yours, tell me what
you think.

typed with my left thumb, pse excuse any typos

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10 comments on “What is happiness?
  1. Ajay Kaul says:

    Happiness has 2 aspects to it – a goal and an acknowledgement. The goal is for scenarios that you know make you happy – in my case it is travel and I may strive to travel to make myself happy. But there are many things that are spur of the moment and all of a sudden you find yourself in a blissful place. In your case, it is your son’s laugh – you didnt know upfront that it would make you happy, but when you experienced it, you acknowledged that it did.

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  2. For me happiness is whatever gives you that warm feeling, that thing that makes you smile thinking back to it. the trick is reminding yourself of those happy things and not letting the negative things going on around you damage that thing/place/memory…you need to cherish them and preserve them…take photos of that place, keep momentos etc…I have a happy book – which blog about regularly if you havent already seen it its here–> ( http://savedindrafts.wordpress.com/past-present-future-hello-bloggers/my-happy-book/ ) its MY book filled with MY things that make ME smile/laugh…happy by reminding me of those happy things. If you were feeling rubbish and I showed you my book the chances are it would be meaningless to you and it wouldnt work because theyre MY memories of MY experiences. However I’m sure if i told you some of the stories behind the pages of the book i could maybe make you feel a little better 🙂

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  3. Happy is, for me, the absence of worry. When I can finally get a moment or two when I’m not constantly thinking about work or what people are thinking about me or if I’m doing something right or whatever I find that I’m actually quite content. Like you said, let go of the negative and focus on the positive and making more of it and you’ll be set! 🙂

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    • crazybunny66 says:

      So true but also so difficult, I’m still trying to figure out how to block the negative vibes on bad days so that I can just focus on the good ones 😉

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      • Yes, extremely difficult but try to take it one day at a time and when you set goals, be sure they’re realistic so that you’re not let down. Obviously challenge yourself, but managing expectations (especially your own) will contribute largely to your success! Cheers

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  4. For me, happiness is intrinsically tied to productivity. I am never more happy than when I’m being or have just finished being productive. In fact, it’s one of the focuses of my blog. The happiness I feel when I laze around or hang out with friends is fleeting and usually followed by guilt and self-loathing reprimands, unless it is first earned by checking off the daily To-Do list (brain training, reading, writing, working out, chores, etc.). I’ve been told I’m overly hard on myself, but the truth is that the primary trigger for my depression is a prolonged lack of productivity. Personal progress aside, I find conversation and stories (in every form) make me happy in their own right.

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