DailyDirt: Happiness Is…
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The topic of death and suicide has been floating around the media lately — from the gun control proposals to try to prevent future school shootings to the prominent suicide of internet activist, Aaron Swartz. So to fight some of these negative thoughts, here are just a few articles on happiness.
- Gallup polls say that American happiness levels are at four-year highs, but at the same time, 40% of Americans have not (yet) found a satisfying life purpose. Happiness can be elusive, and perhaps striving for a meaningful life, instead of a happy one, will have better outcomes. [url]
- There are so many books on happiness, and how to achieve it… and happiness itself isn’t a single thing. Good-day happiness, good-life happiness and peak happiness are just three examples of different kinds of happiness (and there are probably more). [url]
- Money can’t buy happiness, but it certainly correlates pretty well. Having more money not only seems to correlate with higher levels of satisfaction, but people who are happy also seem to earn more money. [url]
If you’d like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.
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Comments on “DailyDirt: Happiness Is…”
Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness had probably never been with an escort. I buy my happiness an hour at a time. 😉
that would be “peak happiness” not “good-life” happiness… well, unless you could pay for lifetime services.
Happiness is simple, you create happiness and only you can find the reasons to be happy, nobody else.
Funny thing though, most people have to endure a life of misery learning the basics of life.
– Shit happens get over it. You can find some reasons for things that happen but if for some reason it is beyond your own means of understanding, let it go, don’t let things that you can’t prevent or understand become the sole reason for living and a measure of happiness, so not having the things you dream of, or not achieving something because of your own shortcomings should not be viewed as some kind of failure.
– You don’t control anyone, they all have their own minds and try to control others and are unhappy when they can’t, so let it go.
Maybe the most important lesson in life comes with old age, it is when most people learn to let go.
As a little curiosity the most high rates of happiness are found among old people.
“people who are happy also seem to earn more money”
There seems to be a lot of confusion as to which is the cause and which is the effect…
Money can’t buy happiness, but it certainly correlates pretty well.
Lack of money needed for basic survival will prevent one from being happy though. Personal financial woes can really take a toll on an individual mental health.
But in the end happiness is simply enjoying the small things, set achievable goals (along with some few seemingly impossible dreams), enjoy those close to you etc.
It all depends on you.
Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy you a plane ticket to it.
Money can't buy happiness, but it correlates pretty well
No, the article says people who EARN more money are happier, and happier people EARN more money.
I know a lot of people who INHERITED, and generally I perceive them as being less happy than the norm.
Personally, I have nearly always been a pretty happy person, and I made more money than all the rest of my family combined. I didn’t find it necessary for happiness, though, and I wanted my kids off to a good start, so I gave it to them, in one form or another.
I no longer have much money, but I am the happiest and healthiest (for my age) person I know.