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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:34 PM
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Do you know anybody who's happy?
Really happy? Not deluded or in need of meds. But honestly happy.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:34 PM
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1. only clueless fucks
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bettyellen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:42 PM
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11. yes INDEED!
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:54 PM
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23. No shit...
:rofl:
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mix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 06:46 PM
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100. indeed
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Amaya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-30-10 12:52 PM
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109. no doubt
:)
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Haole Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-30-10 07:03 PM
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113. I was sort of thinking the same thing Skittles
But I'm not 100% sure.

How does one know what truly goes on in another person's mind?

:shrug:
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:35 PM
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2. My dog is happy
but he misses a lot.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:14 PM
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95. That's great!
Edited on Tue Jan-26-10 12:15 PM by barb162
LOL
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:36 PM
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3. I'm very happy on a micro scale.
I'm happy with my family, home, and occupation. Once it starts to widen out, though, not so much.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:36 PM
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4. yes. doesn't mean they don't have problems
but I know some people who are basically happy. they're people that have followed their own path and tried the things they wanted to try.
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Electric Monk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:36 PM
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5. Yes, but he's four, and when he grows up he wants to be a fire truck
:shrug:
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vadawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:37 PM
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6. rofl theres tonnes of happy people out there, if you dont know any you need to expand your circle
not everyone thinks the grass is greener or cares about politics, many people just get by day to day and are as happy as crap, personally i dont think ive ever had a day where i would say i was unhappy for all the hours in it...
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Electric Monk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:44 PM
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12. Happiness is a warm gun (bang bang shoot shoot) ?
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:47 PM
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16. Thanks for lecturing me about shit I never said about myself.
Sometimes a question is just a topic thrown out there.

Now ..... had I said "I'm not happy. Are you?" your post would have made sense.

Similarly, had I asked the question and then said "I don't", your post would have made sense.

Instead, it is just you, rolling on the floor laughing about something that exists only your mind. And for that, I sure HOPE you're happy.

:hi:
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:39 AM
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47. Read the OP, blissfully ignorant "happy" doesn't count
Edited on Tue Jan-26-10 09:39 AM by Odin2005
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:39 PM
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7. Funny thing about Enlightenment, happy it ain't.
Just at peace with the struggle.
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:35 AM
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44. Thats a healthy way to look at it
I'm unhappy but not with my President as I think I can see where the bottle neck in all this is and thats congress. The no party and the dems with their pants down around their ankles is the problem here.
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AllenVanAllen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-30-10 04:56 PM
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111. You can't always find happiness,



But you can always find peace.
Peace of mind is the highest form of happiness.

:hi:




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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:40 PM
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8. I've been watching old Ingmar Bergman films lately. Of course I'm not happy.
:P
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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:47 PM
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14. That's what we need -- an Ingmar Bergman film festival!
They are mostly black, so you don't need broadband to watch them.
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:54 PM
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22. I'm having my own private Ingmar Bergman film festival in my own living room.
I got a Netflix subscription for a Christmas present, so I'm going hog wild on all the old foreign films I ever wanted to see -- or see again.

It's a blast!

Er... But I'm not happy, of course. x(
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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:01 PM
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26. Old films can be pretty good -- they have plot, dialog, character development...
Really wild special effects and really loud sound tracks? Not so much, but that's good too.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:40 PM
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9. Yes. An actress named Laura Wright on General Hospital.
The woman loves her life.
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Zoeisright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:40 PM
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10. Hey, having been through cancer and lots of deaths, I'm happy right now.
Because everything in my personal life is fine right now. I know it's all precarious, but right now is all we've got.
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:47 PM
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13. I am.
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 10:48 PM by MercutioATC
This is NOT a gloating post, but you asked.

Family's healthy, good secure job, great girlfriend, starting a new business...

...things are good.


Yes, I'm concerned about how the rest of the world seems to be circling the drain, but I'd have to say that I'm personally happy.
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Irish_shark Donating Member (133 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:47 PM
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15. This guy
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:51 PM
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20. I'd have chosen this version ......
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frazzled Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:48 PM
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17. I guess there's a reason they call you Stinky
I'm beginning to realize the problems on this board are less political in nature than psychological.
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:52 PM
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21. Can you elaborate?
Or do you just enjoy throwing shit at people?
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frazzled Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:07 PM
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28. My elaboration is this
You start a real debbie downer thread about "happiness" --"real" happiness. It's stinky.

The question, in the parlance of speech act theory, contains a presupposition.



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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:23 PM
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30. You need to loosen the wrappings there, mum.
Hehehehe .....
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brettdale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:49 PM
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18. people
who dont take a interest in Politics.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:49 PM
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19. YES
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:56 PM
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24. Not in several years. Saw the glimmer of happy after Nov 08
but it's all over now
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:59 PM
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25. I was happy for a day last month.
It was the day of the annual family get-together of many cousins at the retirement home where my mother's two remaining sisters live. To be with all my cousins and my brother was the happiest of times. I am extremely happy when with family.

This poem always comes to mind:

Backward, turn backward
Oh time in thy flight
Make me a child again
Just for tonight

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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:05 PM
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27. Just one: my gorgeous, smart, talented, in love 23 year old neighbor
who has a family who adores her, loads of friends and who manages to hold down three jobs-all of which she loves. She doesn't have a television.
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johnaries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:14 PM
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29. Yep! Me!
I'm not very happy about some of the recent political developments, but I am a Taoist.

Taoism teaches you to be happy with what you have. I would like to see a lot of things improve in this country, but I can still see the beauty in life and nothing can take that away from me.

I'm not happy about Brown, the SCOTUS decision, etc. But I'm not letting any of those to steal my joy.

"This, too, shall pass."
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NJCher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:41 AM
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41. Me, I'm happy
I'm happy almost all of the time. I sorta' don't like to admit it, though, as one thing I have learned is that people think there's something wrong with you if you are happy a lot.

It's hard to find somebody to talk with about what it's like being happy, content, and satisfied. I only know one other person who is in that situation. There is another person I can talk about it with but she readily admits she has a way to go herself in having a good deal of happiness and contentment. She is openminded and nonjudgmental, though, so that's why I feel I can talk to her about it.

I understand why people feel that you have to have rocks in your head to be happy. I think life on this earth is damned difficult. It is precarious and uncertain. But all my life I said that I didn't care about anything but being happy, so I have made it a point to be this way. I am much like johnaries, although I am not "officially" a Taoist. I'm not rich or wildly successful. I'm just happy (and grateful) for what I have.

I have had numerous students in my writing class write papers on happiness. In one of the better ones last semester, a student (an older student) wrote that the truth about happiness is that we can all have it if we decide to do so. It is just that simple, she maintained: if one decides to be happy, one can be.

Regarding what johnaries said about not being happy about the SCOTUS decision, etc., I had an epiphany about 10 years ago. In that epiphany, I realized that problems are complex assignments thrown our way to solve. If we didn't have these problems to solve, then there would be little challenge or meaning to life. We need these problems to test ourselves and build our character. That is why it is important to be an activist. A person doesn't have to solve all the problems, just work at some of them.


Cher

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madamesilverspurs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:00 AM
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31. Sure.
There's me, and thirty or forty of my closest friends. I have, on occasion, been accused of being 'perky' -- but not early in the morning. Gloom and doom weirds me out. Happiness is one of the best choices I've made.

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TxRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:01 AM
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32. Yes, me
And a lot of other people as well.
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Kaleva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:02 AM
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33. I'm happy.
Hate and anger just consume people.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:05 AM
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34. it's not just hate and anger that precludes happiness
just giving a shit about other people can do it
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Kaleva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:28 AM
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37. People can give a shit about others and still be happy.
My doctor has a good bedside manner and shows empathy with his patients and he's quite a cheerful guy who loves to crack jokes.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:29 AM
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38. I find it hard to be happy when people I know are in utter fucking despair
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liberal_at_heart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:44 AM
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52. You can fight for social justice and still be happy
The Dalai Lama is a very happy person but he still fights for the freedom of his people, more compassion in the world, and peace. I love his laugh. Everytime I see him smile and hear him laugh I can't help but smile myself.
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EnlightenedOne Donating Member (452 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:47 AM
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55. I'm very happy and very at peace
You are very empathatic Skittles - it helps when you realize that those who are suffering chose this for themselves at the soul level. But, that doesn't let the rest of us off the hook, to always try to help when we see need and to do whatever we can, as that helps us in our own soul growth. You help others best by being who are you and what you want to be - I've had to learn just to let things be, knowing that there is perfection in the plan.
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:01 AM
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63. I'll pass that one on to my cancer-stricken sister-in-law...
Oh "Enlightened One"......
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EnlightenedOne Donating Member (452 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:03 AM
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65. You can't be the judge
of what she has chosen. You and others see or get the lesson - or you don't.
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:11 AM
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70. I can promise you, she didn't "choose" cancer.
But I guess she can choose to be thrilled about it.

:eyes:
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EnlightenedOne Donating Member (452 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:19 AM
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73. You must have missed
where I said at the "soul" level. You might want to pick up the book Journey of Souls.
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liberal_at_heart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:23 AM
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74. I know how much suffering cancer can cause
My mother died of breast cancer when I was 3. She was 32. It has taken me over thirty years to grieve for her, but I have now come to reaize it is part of the journey. I have since found out I carry a gene mutation that causes heriditary breast and ovarian cancer. So, I have had preventative surgeries and get screenings. Knowing that my mother died so young made me realize how short and precious life is. To love life, appreciate life, and to love those around you. It taught me not to mess around with the negative stuff. It's a waste of time. It has taught me that death is a part of life and to accept life as it comes. If there is one thing I've learned more than anything else it is that pain and beauty can exist simultaneously. I am so sorry your sister-in-law is having to go through this. She must be going through so much pain and fear. I hope that she will get better and that she will find some beauty in her journey as well.
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distantearlywarning Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-03-10 08:35 AM
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115. Biggest crock of shit I've ever read on DU, and a cruel philosophy to boot
Edited on Wed Feb-03-10 08:41 AM by distantearlywarning
I'll see your "chose this for themselves at the soul level" and raise you some Just World Theory: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just-world_phenomenon .

You're not enlightened, you've simply adopted a cognitive strategy that helps you feel personally safe in an unpredictable world.



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whatchamacallit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:21 AM
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35. When I'm
high, laughing, playing music, flirting, dancing, making love... I'm happy. All other times life is a hellish nightmare.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:26 AM
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36. I met a kid with Down Syndrome at the barber shop today.
He said hello to every customer in the shop, one at a time.

He was happy, and he made the whole shop happy. :)
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tomm2thumbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:30 AM
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39. an 80+ year old neighbor who just rediscovered her love life with a new guy

heard about her just this weekend, and she is literally on 7th heaven, climbing up

happy endings / happy beginnings
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1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:36 AM
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40. me. because i know the secret...
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gmoney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:59 AM
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81. care to share the secret?
Edited on Tue Jan-26-10 10:59 AM by gmoney
Of course, I realize it wouldn't be a secret then, but maybe it's one of those we can all share.
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 11:08 AM
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83. Let me guess.
It's short enough to fit on a bumper sticker?

Something like: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...It's All Small Stuff?
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gmoney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 11:24 AM
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85. Or maybe the answer is in the username "1"
Curly's "One Thing" perhaps?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k1uOqRb0HU
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 11:51 AM
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89. Or even the, "Just One More Thing" philosophy?
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:51 AM
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42. yes, many
probably not all the time, of course, but I know many people who I would guess are generally honestly happy.
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blueworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:30 AM
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43. Well, I am, but I drink.
Seriously, we're all on the right side of the dirt, as they say. "...serenity to accept...courage to change...wisdom to know the difference". Let's grieve a little & then get angry enough to kick some ass.

I won't ever cede my overall happiness to the vagueries of crazy, corrupt politicians & greedy fat-cat corporations. At the moment, they are making it difficult for us to whistle while we slave, I mean work. But I keep thinking of Milton in Office Space :)

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uponit7771 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:37 AM
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45. I'm mostly happy with Obama, and mad at so called "progressives" for temper tantrums
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:41 AM
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49. My dislike of CORPATISTIC FASCIST policies is a TEMPER TANTRUM!?!
:grr:
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:38 AM
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46. My 11yo niece and 3yo nephew.
That's about it.
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Rebubula Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:56 AM
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61. So...
...how is all that anger working out for you?

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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:41 AM
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48. To Paraphrase Spicolli =
"All I need are some tasty waves and heavy riffs and I'll be just fine, mon."

Plus I just listened to "Lothlorien" by Enya. So I'm happy now. Maybe not 10 minutes from now, but now . . . yes.
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Obamanaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:46 AM
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54. Get yourself "Celtic Woman" to augment Enya. Their music will
make you happy also.
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CBR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:42 AM
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50. I am happy. I have problems but I am generally happy.
Great marriage, wonderful doggie, involved in activities I enjoy, hopeful future etc...

I have doubts all the time but I just cannot compare my "problems" with the majority of the world's. I sit in my crappy apartment and the thing that pisses me off the most is that I think it is crappy when, in reality, I am truly lucky and fortunate.

Caveat: I also drink alot of wine (could impact result)
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Zywiec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:43 AM
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51. Yes, people who don't spend their entire day dwelling on politics
I'm always happy because I spend the majority of my day thinking about my family.





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kwassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:46 AM
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53. I'm happy.
I survived a heart attack last week. I'm very happy.
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Obamanaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:47 AM
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56. I am mostly content, often happy, and rarely unhappy. nt
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MoonRiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:49 AM
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57. Happiness is a fleeting affair.
In this world, it is never permanent. One has to focus on achieving spiritual enlightenment to ever reach a state of bliss, which is the only path toward true peace. We need to detach from the fleeting highs and lows of the illusion and embrace the eternal.

IMHO!
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:50 AM
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58. Yes, my 12 yr. old son is nauseatingly happy.
Drive us crazy!
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Rebubula Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:51 AM
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59. I am Happy
Edited on Tue Jan-26-10 09:54 AM by Rebubula
Very much so. Just because some pasts of the world suck, does not mean I need to absorb all the sadness.

Life is a one shot deal...no need to be miserable all the time.

However, I am unrecing your post as it implies that only delusional people would be happy and that is wrong on so many levels. You want to internalize all the hate and sadness in the world, feel free. That is a poor way to exist. My sympathies to you.

ON EDIT - Elwood P. Dowd (Jimmy Stewart character in the classic movie 'Harvey') said, 'mother always told me that you can be oh-so smart or oh-so pleasant. I tried being smart....I recommend being pleasant.' Not bad advice....even from a drunk that sees 6 foot Pookas.
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liberal_at_heart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:52 AM
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60. George Carlin was one of the most cynical people in the world
and yet when asked about happiness and optimism he said he was happy and optimistic about his life but cynical about the human race. We all have to temper our concern for the world with a balanced appreciation for all the good we and others are blessed with. When my daughter was old enough to realize how much bad there was in the world I told her there will always be bad in the world. We can care and we can do our part to help but the bad will never go away. If all you ever do is look at the bad in the world you won't enjoy life very much. You have to do your part to help and then find peace with it all and focus on the good things in life and enjoy them.
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EnlightenedOne Donating Member (452 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:00 AM
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62. You would be surprised at how the simple practice
of counting your blessings/fortunes, whatever you want to call them - even the very small things will dramatic change your life. I learned after Katrina how very fortunate I was - I learned to be thankful for a nice hot shower/bath, I learned to be thankful for having a roof over my head, for running water, for clean clothes, for food on the table, for a decent job, etc., etc., then I made lists of all the people in the world that I was thankful for - turned out to be over 50 pages - its a great practice and will help you to be happy. One only has to look at Haiti and know that we are blessed, lucky, fortnuate, whatever you want to call it.
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-30-10 04:32 PM
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110. I get that.
Edited on Sat Jan-30-10 04:34 PM by noamnety
I remember being in a grocery store here after coming back north after being in Louisiana. Someone right ahead of me was holding up the line - needing price checks, not counting out money right. People behind me were antsy, and both the customer and cashier were very apologetic to me. I ended up telling them I was just so grateful to be someplace where I could walk to a store that had anything I could possibly want - that waiting an extra minute was not even close to being an issue for me. And on a bigger less material level, I do sometimes marvel at how lucky I am to have the friends and coworkers I've got, they are amazing and inspiring.

(I still rage at injustices, mind you, and that's probably the side of me people here on DU see the most, but that doesn't preclude joy at the miracle of the asparagus coming back to life again.)
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:01 AM
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64. me. i like life. my life is very good. i love my family and what they give me
Edited on Tue Jan-26-10 10:03 AM by seabeyond
i love what i create with my family.

yes

i am very happy.
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:04 AM
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66. Yes.
they don't read DU, they enjoy the work they do, they teach and help others, have a good relationship and a strong spiritual life. the person I'm thinking of is even tempered and happy.

I'm pretty happy generally too.
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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:08 AM
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67. Yes, I know plenty of people who are happy, including
myself.
As of late, DU is a depressing place to be, I spend less time here.
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:09 AM
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68. Not constantly, I think that's abnormal. On a good day, I'm happy.
On a bad day, I'm not. Though I'm almost never depressed anymore.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 11:34 AM
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87. well said
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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:10 AM
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69. Yeah, but for good reason. Washcloth.
We all could use one, I think.


Works well.
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:18 AM
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71. My youngest stepdaughter is perennially happy, and her life reflects
her good attitude.

Was she born, as her husband says, "under a lucky star"?


Is she one of those people who just attracts good things because she's so happy?

Who knows...


She's not clueless, as she has had moments of sadness and pain. But she always finds the open door when another one closes.

A few years back she was living in CA with a guy she cared about, and they had a painful breakup. Yes, she was hurt and sad. But things always seem to fall into her lap just when it looks the darkest...so anyway, she moved out of their apartment and the next day she won a radio contest and got tickets to a Matchbox Twenty concert and backstage passes to meet the band members.

She has also met Bill Murray and gone sailing with him...all because she's not afraid to take chances.

Last year she got married to a guy who said he would "follow her wherever she wanted to go" because she was such a positive person. His family lives in TX and he was serving in the Navy in CA, but he was willing to live wherever she wanted. They moved back East last summer and now live in RI. They're so perfect for each other...

She's gone through spinal surgery to correct a really nasty curvature...she put herself through eight years of college, and is now a psychologist.

She is just HAPPY. When she graduated with her PsyEd, I told her she was my Heroine...that I wish I had had someone like her in my own life when I was younger...things might have been so different if I had...

:)
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Throd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:19 AM
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72. Happy-ish
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:25 AM
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75. I'm happy n/t
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:41 AM
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76. Me - I'm pretty much always happy (really!). Even when ranting,
as much as certain shit irritates the living hell out of me, I'm still very much a happy person overall.
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TZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:44 AM
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77. My 5 year old niece seems always happy.
Edited on Tue Jan-26-10 10:45 AM by TZ
My mother and stepfather seem pretty happy.
And she's a democrat. Like me, she doesn't tie her emotional health into politics.
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:48 AM
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78. My two year old daughter.
She wakes up every morning with a big smile and a "Hi Daddy!"
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:50 AM
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79. I'm happy
I'm tired a lot these days, but I'm happy.

Could be the whole being in love thing... but I guess some thing that love is an illusion or sorts.

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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:53 AM
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80. I am pretty happy, although I am on a lot of meds..
people hate me for being so happy. Weird.
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gmoney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 11:01 AM
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82. Reminds me of some White Stripes lyrics I was reading earlier...
I was sitting there in a comfortable chair
And that was all that I needed
Then my friend offered me a drink for us to share
And that was all that I needed
Well, then I felt at ease
But then I'm not too hard to please
I guess you couldn't call me greedy
Then I was shocked to look up
And see rita hayworth there in a place so seedy
She walked into the bar with her long, red, curly hair
And that was all that I needed
And I said to my friend, "good god, we're lucky men just to even see her"

Take, take, take
Take, take, take
Take, take, take

And I could not resist, I just had to get close to her
And that was all that I needed
I walked and loomed around her table for a while
And that was all that I needed
Then I said, "i hate to bug you, ma'am, but can I have your autograph?"
And that was all that I needed
She pressed her lips against a white piece of paper
And that was all that I needed
Then I saw what she wrote, my heart is in my mouth
And that was all that I needed
Then she handed it to me, and I think that she could see
That that was all that I needed
I started to walk away but then I remembered 'hey, I forgot to get a picture'
So I asked her one more time, "could I have another favor?"
That was all that I needed
She was kind and posed with me
Then I knew my friend would see my celebrity meeting

Take, take, take
Take, take, take
Take, take, take

She turned and said to me, "I need to go to sleep,"
And it seemed so mean
It's almost as if she could not appreciate how cool I was being
She said, "good night" and walked away
And I didn't know what to say
I just couldn't believe it
Well, it's just not fair
I want to get a piece of hair
That was all that I needed
Or maybe a kiss on the cheek
I wouldn't wash it for a week
That would be all that I needed
But she didn't even care
That I was even there
What a horrible feeling

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NV Whino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 11:23 AM
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84. My cats
But only after I feed them.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 11:31 AM
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86. i am happy. happiness isnt delusional or achieved when the world is perfect
Edited on Tue Jan-26-10 11:33 AM by La Lioness Priyanka
i have been able to be far better for the universe happy, then when i was unhappy
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unpossibles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 11:51 AM
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88. I'm pretty happy at the moment actually
I went through a bit of depression from being dumped right before my birthday/the holidays, and add to that was missing a lot of my friends, but now I feel like I've come through it stronger and more excited about the years to come.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:01 PM
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90. yay!
:)
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seaglass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:03 PM
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91. I am happy today. My husband is on his way back from Haiti, my Nook is out for delivery and I have
2 bottles of Pepsi Throwback I just bought at my grocery store.

What more could I want?. :party:
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:09 PM
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92. Yes
I'm thinking of two couples who have their priorities in order, among other things.
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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:11 PM
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93. Hey, I've been unemployed for 5 years. However I try
to stay positive. My friends think I'm crazy. But if you don;t remain upbeat, I'd just hate to think of the alternative. Not sure if I[d say I'm totally happy, but I[m certainly not depressed. Sometimes I like to whistle "Always look on the bright side of life." That never fails to cheer me up.
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 12:12 PM
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94. Pretty much 24/7.
Good life so far.
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TZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 06:31 PM
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97. Well getting your Midlo on..
Is good for that... :hide:
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 05:34 PM
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96. I'm happy.
:hi:
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 06:42 PM
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98. Happy people depress me n/t
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 06:42 PM
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99. Yes, I do. Not everyone bases their self esteem on what happens in politics.
Living in gratitude, even in economically rough times, is a challenging spiritual discipline. But it's worth it.
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 06:59 PM
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101. I've been basically happy since I got a divorce 15 years ago
In spite of difficulties and a very bad first political decade in the 21st Century. I guess I'm basically honest with myself and true to my principles and that makes it OK to live with myself, even when times are hard.

Happiness is something I can do something about because it's something that comes from within. I don't expect things or people to 'make' me happy, although my dogs make me happy.
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 07:07 PM
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102. Me.
I'm not bouncing off the walls all the time, and I've never been described as overly cheery, but I am happy and thankful for my life at the moment.
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:02 PM
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103. yes I do - quite a few, actually
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:04 PM
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104. I am sure people like
Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are totally happy with themselves... oh wait... You did mention deluded, didn't you?
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:06 PM
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105. My husband is always happy.
He never has a bad day.
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 12:10 AM
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106. my wife.
she's continually the most upbeat person i know.

and it's really starting to get on my nerves.
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FedUpWithIt All Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 01:48 AM
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107. Personally, i am very happy. The world and it's suffering makes me grieve. n/t
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MoralSyncretism Donating Member (57 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-30-10 12:42 PM
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108. I know a narcissicist who believes he is happy all the time
Can anyone explain that? He makes other people around him miserable with his boasting and know-it-all attitudes and sense of entitlement (insults customer service staff in stores and wait staff in restaurants, for instance), and always makes sure he gets even with someone he finds disagreeable to his goals or stand in the way of achieving his ends (it's ALL about him). But he truly believes he's a shining example of happiness (of course he "has all the answers").

So, how do you explain his "sense of happiness." Is it real?      :shrug:
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MoralSyncretism Donating Member (57 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-03-10 08:29 AM
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114. I think I've answered my own question! see attached
This was in the science news today.


High Self-Perception, Low Brain Activity

By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on January 7, 2010


Researchers have discovered the less you use your brains frontal lobes, the more you see yourself through rose-colored glasses.

In healthy people, the more you activate a portion of your frontal lobes, the more accurate your view of yourself is, says Jennifer Beer, a University of Texas assistant professor of psychology.

And the more you view yourself as desirable or better than your peers, the less you use those lobes.

Those findings are being published in the February edition of the journal NeuroImage.

<snip>
 

Some subjects who had accurate views of themselves showed four times more frontal lobe activation than the most extreme rose-colored glasses wearer in the study.
<snip>
Those findings suggest that processing information in a more deliberate manner may be the way in which frontal lobe activation permits people to come to more realistic conclusions.

Subjects made unrealistically positive judgments about themselves more quickly, suggesting these judgments require fewer mental resources, Beer says.


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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-30-10 06:14 PM
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112. I think I'm pretty happy.
My life now compared to earlier is so much better, how could I NOT be happy. It's the old yin-yang thing.
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-03-10 09:48 AM
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116. I am happy in the moment.
I know of the horrors out there, I've lived plenty of them. A year ago I was just wrapping up a 5 month stay with a friend because I was homeless. I was just starting a great job back in the line of work I really wanted to be in. I have my own place, my kids are happy and healthy and a big part of my life, I am healthy and pursuing a couple of my dreams. As I get further established in my new life I will return to working on a cause only, instead of politics, this time it will be poverty related. I will tap into the sources I established when fundraising for politics and channel it toward local poverty elimination efforts. If I hadn't been fortunate enough to catch a break when I most needed it, I would be unable to do very much for myself, my loved ones or my community.

I have a great deal to be happy about and I appreciate it all, every day.

Carp diem my friends! :toast:

Julie
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Beer Snob-50 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-03-10 10:29 AM
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117. new zealand girl who sold her virginity for lots of money
she is happy.
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