They are happy

@yanzalong (10174)
Indonesia
July 1, 2012 7:31pm CST
I have noticed many disabled and homeless people remain happy despite their physical and financial conditions. I saw some of them sitting in front of their wobbly huts smiling as if nothing bothers their mind. They seem to have no worries about their future. Now look at those people who are in strong financial condition. They seem worried can't sleep on their cozy bed.
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15 responses
@jjzone44 (917)
• United States
2 Jul 12
Yes many of them are happy; when you have nothing left, you have nothing to lose. Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that money comes and goes, and so do personal things, but life goes on. We forget that as long as we have our life, we have a chance. There is something to be said for living simply, something that the American Indian learned to do years ago. They had no need for money, their tools were made of stone and wood that they gathered, their homes were either caves or tepees that they made from the skins of animals that they used for food. They needed nor wasted nothing. Technology is nice but it has a big appetite for money, so you have to keep feeding it or you lose it. You may have a home to keep you warm in winter, cool in summer, and dry, but it costs you. You pay for the house, you pay tax on the land it sits on, you pay for the electricity, gas, and water that you use, and you have to insure it. So you go to work to pay those bills, and you need a car to do that, so you feed it too. All these things are subject to wear, so you have to put more money into them to keep them going. Yes, there is something to be said for the simple life.
@yanzalong (10174)
• Indonesia
2 Jul 12
You are right but more people seem greedy and want more. Actually, they have more than enough to meet all those costs of living. They never feel satisfied with what they have got. When I was in the UK, I was shocked how there were so many homeless people around in London. I thought a developed country like England, should be able to eradicate those homeless people and give them better places. What's your take my friend?
@jjzone44 (917)
• United States
2 Jul 12
I think the more developed a country becomes, the more homeless people that development creates. When you have an area that gets a lot of attention for something, property values go up. I just checked and a 2 bedroom apartment in Manhattan New York averages about $3000 a month. When I lived in a very nice complex here (no carpeting or appliances over 7 years old) a 2 bedroom unit was about $900. When you start to get those kinds of prices, you get people that can't afford it, and they have to move out of the area. What's worse, sometimes the job demand changes, and more people get left behind. 40 years ago in and around Pittsburgh PA, you could make a great living working in the steel mills, but that industry crashed and hurt a lot of people. That might not be so bad if your 20 years old and just starting out, but a 50 year old that worked a mill all his life and he suddenly finds the mill closed is another story. There will always be homeless and disadvantaged people, some created the situation that destroyed them, but others got blind-sided. The more a society becomes advanced, the more people get left behind, and some do fail. It's a tough thing to decide what to do with people as well. I paid a certain amount for my home, just like all my neighbors, and our property values are similar. But if the government buys a home in this neighborhood and gives it away, property values will decrease, and how will that person who is moved into that subsidized home be received by the neighbors? It's a tough thing to have to work with, and there is no easy answer.
@yanzalong (10174)
• Indonesia
4 Jul 12
I agree with you. The more advanced the country is, the more homeless the people will be.
@ardoy0731 (6865)
• Philippines
2 Jul 12
They dont take their lives for granted and treat it as blessing despite of what happened. They accepted the way it is and live their lives normal and to the fullest. It is not easy to be like that but still manage to be happy before there are lot of things this world could offer. People around them and love that they gave could help a lot too for them to survive and be happy all the time.
@yanzalong (10174)
• Indonesia
4 Jul 12
You are right my friend. I agree with you. Disabled and homeless people are happy as they don't demand too much for their lives. They are happy as long as they have something to eat everyday.
@yanzalong (10174)
• Indonesia
4 Jul 12
You are right my friend. I agree with you. Disabled and homeless people are happy as they don't demand too much for their lives. They are happy as long as they have something to eat everyday.
@bagumbayan (2707)
• Philippines
2 Jul 12
Yes, it is true, but for me they already accepted their situation. There are those who really cannot accept their situation. I admire those pwd happy with their lives as if they are normal people. But not all of them are happy. Some are just happy outside but inside they are not. Ive seen and talked with some person with pwd. I pity some of them and admire most of them.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
2 Jul 12
I think they just find a way to accept their situations. I was homeless once and honestly, you just do what you have to do to get by and sitting around dwelling on it just makes it worse. It is what it is. You can be down and out on your luck and in your financial situation and still find reasons to smile. It's just easier for some than others to do that, I think.
@yanzalong (10174)
• Indonesia
5 Jul 12
Hi sid556, Homeless people have problems but they they are used to it. Because of this, they look happy (although they are not). On the other hands, rich people have so many problems--anxiety, worries, stress and whatnot.
@jula65 (128)
• Hyderabad, India
2 Jul 12
actually you have to understand the people those who are disabled and homeless. only because they are smiling we can not say what is going inside their heart. even they have a desire to do everything like other perfect people. they have a dream in their life to achieve something but it is their condition which makes them sitting in a place. eventually they compromised themselves into their life
@yanzalong (10174)
• Indonesia
4 Jul 12
Eyes cannot tell lies. I know that. At least, they can smile. Look at those who are well off and keep having long faces.
@samson1 (738)
• Jamaica
2 Jul 12
Yanzalong, you have made an interesting observation. However, I do not know if your conclusion is a correct one to be made from that observation. Why? I think that homeless and disabled persons often have to perform within their limitations; whether from a physical or a financial perspective. Therefore, I would prefer to say that these persons may have to get accustomed to their circumstances; hence they, perhaps have to be contented with their disposition in life. By the same token, persons with 'strong financial positions' as you claim may tend to have more reasons to be concerned about their welfare and welbeing than the other persons previously mentioned earlier in your comments (ie., the disabled and homeless). Remember, these persons may have more obligations to themselves, families and the society, than the homeless and disabled. Yanzalong, sometimes, these persons who are in 'strong financial positions' may be also privately or publicly contributing to the improvement of the welfare of the homeless and disabled! In addition, the better off may have to be concerned about how to secure their finamcial position from criminals, whom, perhaps, may be planning how to rob them of their worldly posessions, (as well as inflicting bodily harm on them..), among other things that could be bad! Need I say more?
@jricky1 (6808)
• China
2 Jul 12
You are right.Some of them are pretty positive and i'm admire their attititude toward life.Life is like this,we can meet god and we can also encounter sadness.So just keep it right.And we should learn from those who are positive.That can minimize your happiness i think.
@yanzalong (10174)
• Indonesia
4 Jul 12
I think happines cannot be judged from economic standpoint. The fact is that many rich people are not happy. They are always worried and restless. Am I right?
@512771751 (1096)
• China
2 Jul 12
Yes, I have found this situation too. Maybe disabled and homeless people have their own life style, they are so happy because that they exactly know what they need and what they want. But for the people in strong financial condition, maybe they don't know what they want,
@yanzalong (10174)
• Indonesia
2 Jul 12
The richer they are, the more they want to know. And the more they know, the more problem they will have.
@minmin45 (167)
2 Jul 12
I have noticed this too. Many rich people are depressed and some even kill themselves. Maybe money isn't the key to happiness..
@yanzalong (10174)
• Indonesia
2 Jul 12
They are haunted with worries and anxiety. Happiness lies within in the heart not in the possession. What do you think?
• Jacksonville, Florida
2 Jul 12
I think homeless people are so happy because they have learned to be grateful for what little they do have. People that have it so much better forget all that they have because they want more. When I was homeless, I was grateful for every little thing. I was glad I lived in a tent instead of the sidewalk where some were. I was glad for the one pack of hot dogs we lived on, some others had nothing to eat and had to get scraps from the trash.
@yanzalong (10174)
• Indonesia
2 Jul 12
How could anyone in a developed country become homeless? Doesn't government support them financially or socially? In a developing country like Indonesia, for example, homeless people are every where. The government can't seem able to tackle this matter.
@Pegasus72 (1901)
4 Jul 12
When our family was homeless me being 6 months along with our 6th child with our 5 other childran and my husband we kept happy too. Of course we were homeless because our landlord didn't pay their mortgage and finding a house big enough for all of us was really hard to do. Most people wouldn't even rent to us because we had no references. We had owned our trailer for over 10 years before we sold it to rent a bigger house, and see where that got us? We are doing ok now but that whole homeless thing snowballed on us and we are still digging our way out. We were happy because we new it was not our fault, that we would make it through with each other's help. Of course our faith is what kept it all from falling apart and once the snowball stopped we realized God was moving us where he wanted us to be, which is where we are today.
• India
4 Jul 12
Hi friend, you are right, if we have lot of money in our hands, we will lose our peace and sleep, if we have enough money we will spend it for our needs and get enjoyment with our life. Too much of money will give a lot of worries to us and we think about it forever.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
4 Jul 12
Yanza, it seems the same situation happened everywhere. It seems people who are earning less are more happy in appearance. People seems earning much more bucks seems always feeling tensed and unsure as how to spend and save their money. They always feels insecure. The most important is, always be happy and content with whatever our earning is. Because it is not worth to spend time worrying too much about money. It will makes us falls ill and unable to lead a happy life.
• United States
2 Jul 12
If you have nothing to steal, you don't worry about thieves. If you have no bills to pay, you don't worry about how to pay them. If you have even a wobbly hut, clothes on your back and a way to get food, you have left most of your worries behind. You may have to worry about bad weather, but most cities try to offer some shelter for those times. In contrast, we others grab everything we can afford, stuff it in our big houses, turn on the burglar alarm and sleep restlessly wondering when we will be robbed or assaulted by those who want the same things without working for the money. Many disabled and homeless have come to terms with their world while the rest of us fight to do the same and lose the battle.
@Chikezie (386)
• Malaysia
2 Jul 12
These people have attached good sense of humour to their life and themselves cheerful in life. I do not think it will pay them any good regretting and lamenting their condition as they cannot do much about their predicament. As they radiate happiness, life has a way of rewarding back for them being happy. That spirit is what I believe all should desire as it makes you stay healthy and live long