Are you happy and why? What does happiness mean to you?
Yes, because I learned how to stop making myself unhappy. For me, happiness is waking up every morning glad to be alive, instead of dreading the day ahead of me. Happiness is never spending another minute in depression. Happiness is the total, permananent, and irreversible independence of my emotional buoyancy from my material circumstances, no matter how inadequate or even dangerous they may become.
Thanks for asking.
How about you?
I'm happy because I can do what I love to do. In my case, it's mostly literature. I started a bucket list to read all the classics I never read when I was younger. I'm in a situation now where I can give so much of my time to my 'hobby'. Happiness to me means an inner glow felt from being full of the wonder of the world written down on paper. I'm working my way through Shakespeare's Henry VI trilogy for the second time and have to stop from time to time and shake my head and wonder at the genius of the man. That's happy.
Im predominantly a happy person. There are alwsys struggles in life. I choose not to hold onto the negative for too long. Im not wired to anyway. I have a pretty good life. Ive got a good job a decent house amazing kids that are doing well. I recently foundva special person to share my life with so life is pretty good for me at the moment.
I don't think I'm especially happy. I straddle the line between contentment and discontentment, but I think I lean ever so slightly toward the positive. But I don't think happiness and sadness are extensions of contentment and discontentment, respectively; they seem like they exist on a separate layer. I can be content yet have moments of sadness. And I can be discontent but experience bouts of happiness. I'd liken degree of contentment to my general diet, and degree of happiness to my occasional dessert. To continue with that labored food metaphor, I'm generally slightly pleased with my regular meals, and I'm slightly displeased with the treats. But some meals are disgusting and some treats are delicious.
I am dealing with some health and financial issues but I can say Yes.. i am happy. Life doesn't have to be perfect for me to be happy. It's never been perfect...but l have been in better health and finance while less happy. It's about the people you surround yourself with I believe.
Like everything else in life you have to learn to be happy, that takes practice, and when you first try you may find that you suck at it, so you keep practicing. I'm not advocating fake it till you make it, just find something that makes you happy, or potentially makes you happy, and give it a go.
I'm still working on it myself, and I'm getting better, on a scale of 1 to 10 I think I was at zero for about ten years, now I'll give it a 2.5, it would be easier if I made more money, but all the potential tax breaks keep going to rich people because we feel ...sorry? for them?
I don't know why we do what we do.
Yes because I have what a need. A loving family, lovely spouse and kids, a job I enjoy, a yard to tinker in, animals to cheer me up and lets not forget a Jeep. I became happy when I stopped chasing the "MORE". When you always want more, you can never be happy.