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What is your secret to happiness?

Asked by Cruiser (40421points) January 12th, 2016

I ran across this wise man fable about the secret to finding happiness. I agree with the premise that you should stop and take the time to “smell the roses” as there is a lot of beauty in the world we may miss out on seeing if we never take the time to look. I know I am at my happiest when I am out in nature and able to soak in the beauty all around me and I try to get out for a walk at least once a week and on the weekends explore an area I have never been to before.

Also, knowing my family is healthy and happy and having a close friend to talk to is my secrete to my happiness. What is yours?

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rojo's avatar

a faulty long term memory allows me to be happy most of the time.

ucme's avatar

Keeping the naughty, mischievous, cheeky, fun loving child in me, not only alive & well, but at the forefront the majority of the time.
That & tons of cash & sex & titties & sports & millions of everything.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

Adventure, laughter, loving my partner and being loved, and hot sex.

Cruiser's avatar

@rojo That made me laugh out loud! :D +5

SecondHandStoke's avatar

Managed expectations.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Hobbies, occasional bit of scotch

janbb's avatar

Decide what you want – then make it happen.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Plastics.

(what movie? who said it? and for an extra 5 points, what famous song came out of that movie?)

Cruiser's avatar

Two words…The Graduate. Sound of Silence. One of my all time favorite movies.

rojo's avatar

@elbanditoroso

Mean Girls”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP2XtYbIgD0? Janis Ian (Lizzy Caplan)? Milkshake?

janbb's avatar

Here’s to you, Mrs Robinson! Benjamin.

Stinley's avatar

Positive thinking or, as I like to say, fake it till you make it.

jca's avatar

Time alone to read, rest, watch what I want on TV, be on the computer, taking a ride in the car, whatever.

Haleth's avatar

Pretty much all I need is friends, family, a safe place to live, and some time out in nature. There are some other things that definitely boost happiness- getting enough sleep and eating healthy, creative outlets, pets, exercise and helping others.

(If I could plan a perfect day, it might be something like getting up early, going for a walk on the beach, painting or reading a bit, and then cooking and eating dinner with friends and family and they all get along with each other, lol.)

You can have a happy life just about anywhere with those ingredients. I used to think I’d be happy if I moved out of DC or got a certain job. Those things could very well improve my quality of life, but as it stands, I’m pretty happy right now.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

My ex-husband used to look at other people and covet their possessions. He always looked outward and thought the grass was greener. Consequently, I don’t think he was a very happy person. In contrast, I looked at those same people and realised while they might have a bigger and newer car, they might also have a bigger car loan. So I try not to measure my own success and happiness by what I perceive as other people’s success. Instead I try to remember how lucky I am. And I am lucky. Even if I don’t have a good job, I live in a country where I can get help and I can get healthcare. I have clean water. Clean air. The list is endless. I think spending some time mindfully considering what’s good in my life, instead of focusing on the negatives, helps me to be a very happy person.

JLeslie's avatar

Focus on what I have in life that makes me happy. Try to be in the moment. Plan future events so I have something to look forward too.

What I really need to work on is my disappointment and anger. I think both are dragging me down at various times in my life. I have a really hard time with injustice and people taking advantage. I think I also need to work on listening to my own judgement and not being swayed by others. Floating in life too much is causing me regret, stress, and some unhappiness.

Mariah's avatar

I always have an entertaining and intellectually-fulfilling project in the works.

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