What Makes You Happy?

@jigishap (595)
India
February 16, 2007 6:04am CST
Do you know what really makes you happy? "Happiness seems less a matter of getting what you want than of how you feel about what you have." You can't change the set point much but you can do some things that allow you to bounce above that happiness level. What is really amazing is that the research shows that the things that we think would make us happier like money, physical beauty, and social prominence do not matter. It's other things that cause that little bounce! So what gives you that bounce and why is it important?
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@maryannemax (12168)
• Sweden
16 Feb 07
the people i love and care about are the ones so dear to me. my parents, my siblings and my boyfriend. when i see them happy, that's the time when i find myself so happy. i find contentment when i see them having a nice time and not minding much the problems in our lives. that gives me a good bounce.
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@Ravenladyj (22920)
• United States
16 Feb 07
Sure I know what makes me happy..my kids, the fact that I'm still alive and have survived a hellish life without becoming a psychotic bitter person but instead becoming a compassionate, helpful woman full of loving kindness...just exsisting makes me happy...hearing my hsuband laugh, seeing my kids happy, my pets, being able to function completely on my own on a daily basis, the sun on my face, food in my tummy, a roof over my head, clothes on my back all these things make me happy....
16 Feb 07
I'm happy when at the end of the day I stop and think "that was a good day". Usually it will mean I will have laughed lots and achieved something important to me.
@lpetges (3036)
• United States
16 Feb 07
i'm happy that i wake up every day, and i can go to bed at nite!
@sstoody (77)
• Israel
16 Feb 07
the thing that make me happy is my girlfriend i love her alot and everytime i see her i happy again she is the most buti thing in the world and the cutest! i wish that everyone would have such luck in life like i did when i saw her
@jigishap (595)
• India
16 Feb 07
Wow thats so sweet of you. I wish your love will be forever
• Israel
16 Feb 07
i think it will stay forever or atleast hope for that
@XxAngelxX (2831)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
When everything seems to go smoothly in life that is what makes me happy. When I see my children smile and tell me something really good that happened to them that day, that always brings a smile to my face as well. I have learned that a lot of these ups and downs that happen in life there is very little I can do about so I try very hard not to stress out over the things I can't change.
@jigishap (595)
• India
16 Feb 07
Yes you are right
• United States
17 Feb 07
you are absolutely right!
@brew2x (3095)
• Philippines
17 Feb 07
Happiness comes from within, that's why I always try to have a positive outlook in life. Just be thankful for all the blessings you received.
@jigishap (595)
• India
17 Feb 07
Yes that is true positive attitude make you always happy :) So happy life .. Cheers!
@maumbi (2571)
• Indonesia
17 Feb 07
nice question my friend...well Seeing other people happy. Seeing other people helping those in need. Feeling that I have contributed something good to the world at the close of the day and,,,,GOD always make me happy.greetings.
• India
17 Feb 07
Yes I also believe that God handles all things.
@earthsong (589)
• United States
17 Feb 07
Knowing my kids have what they need, date night with hubby and making my friends laugh makes me happy. A little money wouldn't make me sad thought LOL
• India
17 Feb 07
ya some times so thing that can influece our life
@emy2006 (109)
• Romania
16 Feb 07
I think that more thingk make me happy.The first thing that makes me happy is to take good marks at school:D.The second thing that makes me happy is when i play at computer or play fotball.The third thing that makes me happy is when i read a book writed by Karl May:D and Harry Potter
• Georgia
16 Feb 07
thats good, when i was in your age i thought so too
@LeXDei (209)
• Philippines
16 Feb 07
I am happy when I have peace of mind. When I can sleep at night knowing that I did not hurt anybody and did not disappoint anyone, I am happy. Sometimes, being happy for just means being with the people I love.
@maryannemax (12168)
• Sweden
16 Feb 07
this is true as well. peace of mind is important. the fact that you can sleep with a clean conscience, that is happiness, too.
• United States
16 Feb 07
My husband and my daughter...They are what keep me going everyday..If i didn't have them i have no idea where i would be.. Also my best friend, we've only known each other for about 3 years but we've already been through rough spots in our lives that we each helped each other with..
@jigishap (595)
• India
16 Feb 07
That is really good that you have such a strong family and friend around you . You are really lucky :)
• India
16 Feb 07
To me helping others in a vritical situation is what makes us happy.. and i have made so many good things to help others and i feel more happy than that persons
@myjack (132)
• China
17 Feb 07
I agree with you,helping others not only makes others happy,but it makes ourselves fell happy from the bottom of our hearts.I think that's great!
16 Feb 07
I think seeing other people around me happy makes me feel happy. I like giving things to people too. Also just being around the people I love. I don't think money brings us happiness at all, the times that I feel most happy are times that money hasn't contributed to at all.
@jigishap (595)
• India
16 Feb 07
Yes, well said thats what i feel too.. I think money and other things cannot make us happy. Its other people who make us happy
• India
17 Feb 07
lot of things makes me feel bounce the most pronounce being wen i see a kid laugh tat innocent laughter makes u forget all ur worries in just a matter of secs. also im happy wen im talkng to my friends
@hinocki (670)
• Italy
17 Feb 07
Playing my piano makes me happy. Is the only thing... execpt first women :D
@Bangalorean (1282)
• India
17 Feb 07
Seeing my children and their innocence gives me the requied bounce.
@anandkh (79)
• India
17 Feb 07
sending discussion in my lot
• India
17 Feb 07
Seeing others happy brings me great joy. I find pleasure in doing whatever it takes to bring happiness to others. My own personal happiness comes from the little things in life...having a hummingbird come to my feeder....hearing from my best friend....watching my children sleep....seeing them smile...kittens...a child's laughter....
• United States
17 Feb 07
Honestly, right now i am going through depression and NOTHING makes me happy.
@jenold20 (14)
• Philippines
17 Feb 07
when my husband will love me as musch as i love him
@manoj4u (28)
• China
17 Feb 07
this life makes me happy dude