What gives happiness to an individual ?

India
May 24, 2010 4:53am CST
For a poverty stricken family it is money , for a sick person it is health, for a person plagued with family problems it is peace of mind and for a business man on the verge of bankruptcy it is revival of his good fortunes. I doubt if there is any yard stick for happiness and in my own opinion one needs a little of all of these factors to be happy.Health,money,peace of mind,healthy realtionships. What do you all feel friends ?
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@kiran8 (13810)
• Mangalore, India
24 May 10
Hi sumant, I read somewhere that if a person thinks that wealth and money brings him/her happiness then he/she is fooling themselves.I think the state of happiness is very much in our own minds and how we are able to deal with our life.It is not easy , but if one is determined to remain happy in spite of all adversities I am sure one can achieve this ...
• India
26 May 10
There you go kiran ! Most mebers seem to think on similar lines . they too feel that it is within oneself . As you say if we make up our mind to be happy we will do so, and in my opinion that is a wise and practical thing to do !have a nice day !
@kiran8 (13810)
• Mangalore, India
27 May 10
Sumant, a couple of proverbs regarding happiness which goes " Because inner peace or harmony is never perfect, happiness is never achieved, and is always a question of more or less " ...and " The inner and outer worlds are mirrors. How one shapes one's inner world through will shapes one's perception of the outer world. Thus an unhappy person is likely to perceive a world of lust, greed, and lies, whereas a happy one is likely to perceive a world of people struggling in the grip of love "....what do you say to that ?
• India
27 May 10
So profound in its meaning and so very true kiran ! We perceive world as we feel.I tend toi agree with that view :)) One can conclude that happiness is largely what we perceive and project which again is dependent on what we have perceived.Does that sound comlicated ?
• Philippines
3 Jun 10
What give happiness to an individual, is be love and having a healthy life. Seeing you love ones in good health always make you happy even better. That is what i feel right now.
• India
3 Jun 10
Hi mae _dyrish, thanks a lot for the response ! Health and love does give us a lot of happiness as long as it is within our reach, so also seeing our loved ones healthy and happy - Have a nice evening :))
@p_vadla (1688)
• India
3 Jun 10
There is no specific thing as such that brings happiness for a person on a permanent basis.Some things such as money,relationship,health may bring happiness at one point, but after some time newer problems or challenges crop up and threaten the be-happy position.Just as life is continuum,so being happy is.Things may come and things may go, but a positive happy attitude does always keeps one in joyful condition.
• India
3 Jun 10
Agreed p_vadla - there is no specific thing that makes an individual happy all the time.I too believe in positive attitude and positive outlook in life.Come what may we go on looking at the bright side of things , that has been my motto :))
@med889 (5958)
25 May 10
I think the most important is health, I will be really happy to be in good health for the rest of my life to be able to stay happily ever after because the way to happiness is good health.
• India
26 May 10
Agreed ! I too feel the same way. Like they say if health is lost everything is lost.One can do precious little without good health !thanks a lot med :))
• China
25 May 10
the increased level of NE,5Ht are means a lot to get happiness in their life which either u can get by glucose or lights based on level of tyrosine and tryptofan.this is just medical explanation but socially i think we people are concerned with those thing in might forgot the world we just involved in called happiness
• India
26 May 10
Food for thought ! The more we go into theories of happiness the more entangled and complicated it gets. But as you say when a person is able to forget all the worries and enjoy the moment he is truly happy !
• United Kingdom
25 May 10
I think that there are many forms of happiness and it doesn't always have to relate to money! I think that if you live in poverty then yes, money would definitely improve your situation and make you happy. For some people that don't have family, to suddenly gain a family, this would make them happy and content. For me the most important thing is that I remain healthy and so I exercise on a regular basis and this makes me happy and content inside. Andrew
• India
26 May 10
Hello Andrew ,I too would stress on exercise and fittness.If there is no health one can enjoy nothing in life including wealth.I agree that happiness is different to different people , thanks a lot for your response ;))
@mackiejp (376)
• Philippines
24 May 10
To liberate one's self can also be a reason of happiness.
• India
26 May 10
I am sure it is ! Each to his own way of finding happiness - thanks a lot for your response mackiejp !
@elleb0418 (1107)
• Philippines
24 May 10
Happiness for is is to be able to be satisfied what you have. What you mention is also make individuals happy.For me it make me happy and smile when I saw my kids doing good at school,seeing them they are in good health and as a parent I can give them my responsibility.Oh, one thing more happiness is just inside you,whatever you chooses that made you happy...that's happiness also.
• India
26 May 10
I doubt if we are able to do that.One may be satisfied today, but tomorrow is a different story.Most members like yourself have stressed on the inner happiness, that comes from within.I tend to agree with that !
@ankit_620 (496)
• India
24 May 10
what gives one happiness depends upon one's defination of happiness. How one sees and makes a perspective of the life he/she is leading.All that everyone needs in this life is to be happy and so these health,peace of mind,relationships,social life and many more you can they are a temporary solution ecah one of them they come up at some point of time.
• India
26 May 10
Heloo ankit_620,hat you say is true, we have our own definitions of happiness.One may be at his happiest best when he is miserable. No telling about a persons taste. I mean to say that we make our hell or heaven !
@shinxna (37)
• Philippines
24 May 10
OMG! I like this post! How about this? The feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. Would you agree?
• India
26 May 10
I agree ! There is nothing like it ! At the same time, I am sure that there is always someone who would want you.It may be apassing feeling that you are unwanted now ! period!
@maximax8 (27053)
24 May 10
I think that a person that is lucky and has an easy please sort of personality will be happy. I know children like that. Whatever happens a happy go lucky child keeps smiling. All people like to stay in good health and nothing will make a person more miserable than a bad illness. I don't think having loads of money makes a person happy. However having very little money and huge debts could make a person very unhappy. A happy relationship might make a person happy. A business person would enjoy making lots of money. I like to travel and I am happy when I go off traveling. I get pleasure from days out, taking my dogs to the beach or the countryside and seeing my children play.
• India
26 May 10
Hello maximax, there is so much wisdom in what you say.A positive and easy please person will certainly find ways to be happy no matter what.I too like to travel and find happiness even in a train journey or reading a great book written by my favorite author or having a well prepared meal.
@karen1969 (1788)
24 May 10
I think you can find happiness in all sorts of ways. It is unlikely we will have a life full of wonderful things, as we all have to deal with sadness, money problems, relationship problems, bad luck, etc. so it is important to enjoy the small things - watching wild animals, learning new things, watching children laughing, getting clothes dry outside in the sun, the relief of rain when it is too hot, a good night's sleep, a great film, a wonderful book...
• India
26 May 10
Hi karen , thats so true.One can never be in a state of happiness all the time.We have to go through life and face eveything that comes with it and even flashes oif happiness is good enough to make our lives worth living.TRhanks a lot for your response .
@ronz30 (276)
• Philippines
24 May 10
I think it's when we forget all the problems we had.. When were in a vacation with our love ones like that we just enjoy the scenery and have a good times..
• India
26 May 10
Hello ronz30, holidays are special and it brings people close to one another if there is compatibility and understanding, and , the other thing is that for that limited period of time you forget everything else, but once the holiday is over you are back to where you were.
• Indonesia
24 May 10
in my opinion, health,money, peace of mind, healthy relationship is a happiness that don't last long. we also can happy when we have no money, etc. the happiness come from our heart and mind, when you think you are happy. then you are
• India
26 May 10
I agree 100 percent with you.In my opinion, like you say happiness is a state of mind and it can come only when it is felt with heart and mind.Just having a lot of money or something else is no guarantee for ever lasting happiness.
@patersh (120)
• Philippines
24 May 10
for me, love is the one that can give me happiness even though i really need money. but it wont give me real happiness not like love.
• India
26 May 10
Hello patersh love is no doubt supreme and gives a lot of happiness and mental peace to a person when it is perfect.But this can never last forever and at that time one has to look for other things that make you happy and gives you peace.