If you could be guarenteed happiness...

@kcoregon (303)
United States
August 4, 2009 8:34pm CST
If you were guarenteed true happiness for the rest of your life would you be willing to give up a few years of your life in exchange? I know that the pursuit of happiness is one of the main purposes in life for many people, including me. To be truly happy is worth more than all of the money or material things in the entire world. But if it meant you would have to have a shorter life would you be willing to sacrifice a few years to have the happiness? What about ten years? Or how many years of your life would you be willing to exchange in order to be guarenteed true happiness? I have thought about this and I think I would be willing to sacrifice up to ten years of my life in order to be guarenteed true happiness for the rest of my days. While I try to go after what makes me happy in my own life I don't always have the time or money to make my dreams come true. So what about you? Would you do it?
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@Ruby_Dawn (617)
• Spokane, Washington
5 Aug 09
I would definitely give up at least 10 years of my life for true happiness,because what would be the point of living those extra 10 years if you are not happy?
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• Atlantic City, New Jersey
5 Aug 09
I think for true happiness i would exchange up to 5 years of my life. I mean im in my 30's now so if I give up 10 years I would hope I still have a good 20 before i die.
@Frederick42 (2019)
• Canada
5 Aug 09
True happiness comes from within. Therefore, the question of being guaranteed happiness from some outseide source does not arise. Sacrificing some years for true happiness also does not arise.
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@kcoregon (303)
• United States
5 Aug 09
Yes but not everyone can so easily obtain this happiness. If it were so easy to find happiness in our lives don't you think the world would be a different place than from what it is now?
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@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
5 Aug 09
Frederick has this spot on. True happiness comes from within. It is based on our thoughts and our actions. Sure, some things other people do, can affect your mood in someways, but the same act can have a different effect depending on how you feel about it. For instance. Say you are in a really bad mood, and so your friend gives you a flower. That would make you happy. But if you are angry, the same action may make you angrier. It is a very simple thing choosing to be happy, but you are right it is not by any means an easy thing. It takes, changing the way you think. How you choose to perceive things. The first step, is to smile any time you notice you are not smiling, a smile is a beautifully powerful thing! Soon, you will be smiling all the time, and when you are and you notice things are always brighter and more joyful, send me a message, and I will tell you the next step. Cheers.
@cwong77 (2011)
• Malaysia
7 Aug 09
CJscott, I quite like the way you put it.. smile and the whole world will smile at you? I will normally try my very best to keep my morning 'smile' as long as possible, as then if I really got into a bad mood, it will not be last any longer than the smile.. Happy MyLotting and Cheers!
@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
5 Aug 09
Well now, I am at a loss for this. Here is my thinking on the matter, true happiness will actually make you live longer. You get less sick, less often. You more energy, you stay more physical. So, I would have to ask, 10 years, off the extension that true happiness brings, or ten years, off what most people would consider a normal life? Well, I don't really have to ask. If I was offered the opportunity to have true and complete happiness for the rest of my life, I would probably trade about 20 years for it regardless if it means I die at 45 or at 95. Cheers.
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@kcoregon (303)
• United States
5 Aug 09
Great response. I hadn't actually thought of it in that way. I think it can be true that happiness would prolong someone's life. However when I speak of taking off the years I mean off of the years that you have been destined to live before finding the happiness. And I think you are right. I would rather die tomorrow a happy woman than live to be 100 years old and miserable.
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@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
5 Aug 09
I do not think a miserable person could make it 100, 99 maybe. They would give up life long before that I do believe. But predestined years, with the average like span currently at 67 for men in Canada. Well then I must say, I would take 22 years off my life to have complete and utter happiness, every minute of everyday for the rest of my days, with out a second thought on the matter. Cheers.
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@hsofyan (3448)
• Jakarta, Indonesia
5 Aug 09
I agree with you. Happiness is very important in life. Money is important, but not the most important. If happiness can be exchanged with something, I will certainly do so. But you face the fact, not illusion. So be realistic thinking.
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@busky5 (3166)
• Thailand
14 Aug 09
I think the happiness depends on your heart and my heart.Nobody will decide about them.Some richers are not happy because they will not feel enough in their money but some poorers are happy more than richers.I will guarentee my happiiness if i have enough.