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On Happiness

Each person has their own interpretation of happiness.

In the comments below, what makes you happy? It could be as short as one word or as long as an essay.

I’ll share my definition of happiness whenever I wake up today.

*To motivate you to comment, I’ll attempt to use one or two replies in an upcoming post.

12 comments
Yuval Qen
Yuval Qen

I once saw this quote by Timothy Ferris which I live by whenever I struggle with the question: Does this make me happy? The quote would be: "The opposite of happiness is boredom". That's my definition, elegant and practical with those everyday decisions.

Matt Ramos
Matt Ramos

Hey Derek, Thanks for arriving and commenting! Those are all great things. I'm glad you put in positive outcomes like profit from property to those with more negative outcomes (mistakes you can learn from) because both are very useful to live a full life. I agree with many of the other things you put too! Awesome list. Keep working towards your dreams!

Anita Harres
Anita Harres

Making it short with one word: People! :) Evolving the idea a bit... well, happiness is a human feeling (I'm not saying animals can't feel happy, but happiness as we know is definitely universal to all human beings). What could make it work if not human interaction? When I get happy about something while being alone - say, for example, when I finally get how to play a difficult piece on the piano - it's quite joyful but silent. "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" The happiest moments I've ever lived involved people around me. When we see that we share happiness with other beings, we feel utterly happy! Of course, there's the downside: the biggest problems and traumas I've ever had also involved people. That's one risk we have to take. Life itself is a venture through a labyrinth, where we dizzingly seek to find happiness! Be it whatever happiness means. I can't see happiness without people. Whether to be recognized, respected, loved by people -- and at the same time recognize, respect, love. Admire the best qualities of different beings around the world, who deeply inside are all the same.

Matt Ramos
Matt Ramos

Happiness to me: Progressing on where I want to be by the time I'm 30. That's all there is to it.

Joe Geneva
Joe Geneva

what makes me happy is putting in a lot of effort into making someone else happy and seeing it pay off. This is especially rewarding if the person tends to be depressed a lot but seem to be getting happier by the day.

David Drees
David Drees

One thing that makes me happy is spending time with family (whether immediate or distant). I think the key to happiness is having many different things that make you happy so you will not rely on a "single stream" of happiness.