What makes you happy?

the catalyst for this thread, was a recent thread about being too negative…i often have a hard time feeling happy about anything…for awhile the only thing that usually made me remotely happy was sex and money…but they are pretty fleeting, and im always out chasing for more.

but now that i have a God daughter, just how happy she gets when i give her a stuffed animal, toy, or just spending time with her or doing something nice for her makes me the happiest i ever been in my life, and it stays with me, and its not fleeting…when im down, i just look at a picture of her on my cell phone with a teddy bear i gave her, and things dont seem so bad…its really the only that has ever made me truely happy.

ok, im done…wow that was really gay
Life.

I mean come on. Life can be great if you actually put forth effort to make it wonderful, and I’ve made mine wonderful. Everything in it is great, even the problems.
Money and sex are definetly up there.
Working on my car.
Kicking back and having some beers with friends i haven’t seen in awhile.
Going to the gym for a little bit to excercise.
Cigarette after a long day.
If a girl likes me thats always a huge happiness and confidence booster.

there’s always a lot of bad floating around i try not to think about it too much focusing on the happier aspects definetely helps mood and overall perception;
Reading/learning about and discussing economics and philosophy, my boyfriend, sex, wearing a really hot outfit and feeling confident, seeing something so breathtaking it feels like time has stopped, kittens, chocolate, Disney World, and daisies.
There’s a lot more, and a lot of things that make me sad too, but those were the ones that stuck out the most
Being around my friends and family when we’re just all in the moment is wonderful.

I’m also usually very happy when I’m in love.
What makes me happy is waking up next to a beautiful girl and giving her a kiss and watching her wakeup.

At least nothing has ever made me as happy as that..

When im grappling that’s another
life
people who are who they say they are
spending some QC (quality time) alone
having an SO/more friends to hang out with (which i have niether)
eating healthy
exercising (not the gym tho)
not drinking/doing any drugs (this ones gettin bigger as i meet more ppl that do)
going new places (alone especially its cool with ppl too tho)
having money to spend
keeping my own personal economy (and we all have one if u think about it) going
keeping my car running like it was the day i bought it
buying stuff i know i’l use
thats it (unless i think of something else i’l add)
EDIT: and good thread idea

Life.

I mean come on. Life can be great if you actually put forth effort to make it wonderful, and I’ve made mine wonderful. Everything in it is great, even the problems.

whatever…you’re a hot as fuck, of course your life is great. You don’t count.
little bro

even tho helping him with hw takes forever and he never really seems to get it and he is really lazy to think at all

he is still the funniest kiddo i know, makes me laugh a lot and is really sweet, sometimes more than me

=)

My life was shit a few years ago. Me being somewhat attractive hasn’t gotten me anything really. I’m just happy to be alive when friends my age have already passed away.

Shutttupppp

god

I hate the cliche "Life makes me happy" crap..

You know! – C’mon now!

life sucks you should know this by now! heh

sorry to hear about your friends…how did you make the transition from shit life, to loving life?

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there’s a lot of stuff that makes me happy:

setting and achieving goals i’ve set for myself
new experiences
helping others/teaching
a genuine kind act towards me
spending time with friends and family
quality alone time
being silly and acting like a kid again
learning new things about myself, life and the world around me
knowing that i have the power to change
talking about the goofiest things as well as serious topics
cartoons, funny movies, jokes…laughing in general
puppies

and many many other things

Shutttupppp

god

I hate the cliche "Life makes me happy" crap..

You know! – C’mon now!

life sucks you should know this by now! heh

No man, I am thankful every day that I am alive. When you have a lot of death around you you learn to respect life.

It was a tough few years. I was severly depressed and hated myself, the whole nines. However I wanted to stay positive, I mean I wanted to fight to be happy again because my life was great prior to all the shit and the sudden death of my best friend, other friend and uncle. I just got my shit together. I once had thoughts of killing myself, but feeling the hurt of my friends nd seeing how it made me and other friends/family feel I knew I could never do that-on top of the fact that life can be great if you put in some work.

So lets see. I got on medication, only had a little bit of therapy. Went to the gym 5 days a week. Once I felt more confident about myself I started going out and trying new things. Joined some clubs in college and met new people tat I really liked. Got a new job where I met even more people my age that I liked hanging out with. The rest if history pretty much. I changed my attitude, my life and the people in it. I’ve fought hard for everything I’ve received, but it’s been totally worth it.

Start of with exercising, eating healthy and 7-8 hours a sleep/night.
This will do wonders for your physical AND MENTAL health.
You are what you eat.
Educate yourself, doesn’t have to be in a class, schools and colleges isn’t for everyone.
Find a passion and set goals for your life, and set them high. When it comes to finding out what you want to do; think more with your heart and less with your brain. I think that most people have a gut feeling what they want to do with their life, but people around them, fears and other obstacles are keeping them back.
Focus on the positive things in life, think of things that you are grateful for.
Don’t dwell of things that you can’t change and only change if you want to, don’t do it for someone else. If someone doesn’t like you for who you are, there is always another 7 billion people that you can make friends with.

In my own experience, i hit rock bottom and i got fed up with my life and i decided to change it. So pain was my drive out of misery.
I like setting goals and achieving them. It makes me happy when I help someone, and their life ends up improving significantly.

My family and friends — when they tell me how good they feel about me being apart of their lives, or that they enjoy various things I say or do for them — that also makes me happy.
The knowledge that I am blessed with health, wealth, and prosperity. Many people in this world are starving, beaten, ignored and underprivileged and still aren’t as miserable as some millionaires in this country.

I recommend the book "Become a Better You" by the popular preacher Joel Osteen. It really lays out a great foundation for people to be happy with themselves and to realize many facts that most people overlook or take for granted.
"I love this crazy, tragic, sometimes almost magic, awful, beautiful life…"

I LOVE my life Even after all the shit, and even when it sucks, even on the days when I just want to go back to bed until that crappy day is over, I love being alive and having my family and friends around me. Things that make me genuinely happy:

*Camping with my family. I love them
*Hanging out with my dad- especially going fishing with him. We have such an awesome relationship now. His sobriety is my greatest blessing.
*Bonfires on the beach with my oldest friends in the middle of summer
*My faith in God
*New flip-flops, Frisbee and cookouts
*Christmas eve
*Waking up to a kiss on the forehead from my bf
*Going to the drive-in with my best friend and horking down a cheese pizza and a pack of smokes with her.
*Staying up all night with my friend Rob- having a few drinks, jammin’ all night and writing songs.
*My best friend- another very big blessing. We’ve been inseparable for almost 12 years and no one in the world makes me laugh as hard as she does. A life without her would be like a life without water.
*Rock climbing
*Dancing
*My boyfriend. He’s so smart, has the kindest heart and I can be 100% myself around him. If I could live 1,000 lives, I’d live them all with him.
*Summer thunder storms
*Going to the zoo
*My 3 year old God daughter- best sense of humor of any person I’ve meet so far.
*Moon lit walks in the winter right after is snows.
*4th of July with my besties. No better time of the year.
*Reading a good book on a rainy day.
*Going on trips with the BF.
*Turtles & frogs. I dunno why, but seeing them always make me smile
*The way it smells before it rains

I could go on and on really, but that would be a huge list

Life.

I mean come on. Life can be great if you actually put forth effort to make it wonderful, and I’ve made mine wonderful. Everything in it is great, even the problems.

im with beer here.
being in the ocean/surfing
playing baseball
being with friends
being right

Oh, I should also add that I saved up every paycheck (was broke too) to take two different trips to places I had always wanted to go. Those trips were the best things I’ve ever done.

ohhhh

That’s what I should do!

ohhhh

That’s what I should do!

Definitely. I first took a trip to Yosemite. Not only was it by far the most beautiful place I have/ever will go, but it was so insanely serene and peaceful I literally came back a calmer person. People who live/work there tell you those who go are different people after being there, and I understand why.

Second was all over Europe. Best trip of my life. I can’t wait to go back. There’s nothing better than experiencing a million different cultures before your eyes and adjusting to them and realizing how different we all can be but still the same.

I cant tell you how immensely satisfying it is to to take a trip that you’ve always dreamed about and were able to save up for yourself. I just put a chunk of paycheck into an account every month for them.

did you go by yourself? i love traveling, i try setting up trips with friends but they either broke, in school, or just starting there careers and dont have the time to take off.
vacations. Work, friends, women, all that stressed me out. I recently went to Sonoma, drank wine all day, ate food all day, and posted up on a mountain and enjoyed stepping away from everything in my life for a moment, and drank some of the wine who’s grapes were growing in the hills beneath my feet. It was awesome to stroll through the vineyard with a glass worthth 98 points, and not want to be anywhere else.

Maybe when I get the turbo motor swap done in the miata I’ll enjoy going to the track again. Right now it really stresses me out.

Yosemite I had 2 friends come along. Europe I went all by myself and it was strangely better IMO. Because I got to do and see whatever I wanted to do/see. Traveling is the best. Going on a cruise in April for a week. Hopefully back to Europe or maybe Australia next year.

Australia is DOPE!!! the food is awesome, i highly recommend it. i’m planning a trip to Brazil, Jamaica, or Canada this year, all depends on how much i save up.

Meh, the only place in Canada worth visiting in Vancouver. I’d definitely check out Brazil. Jamaica is seriously insane, but if you like pot you will have a great time.

I can’t wait to go to Australia. Thanks to my trip to Europe I know a handful of Australians willing to let me stay with them for free.

Life.

I mean come on. Life can be great if you actually put forth effort to make it wonderful, and I’ve made mine wonderful. Everything in it is great, even the problems.

I want to sex your face for this statement.
Happiness =

THIS IS THE JUDGEMENT OF THE RIGHTEOUS.
Eating. The reason I’m obese and not expecting myself to live past 30.

Are you serious?

Life.

I mean come on. Life can be great if you actually put forth effort to make it wonderful, and I’ve made mine wonderful. Everything in it is great, even the problems.

You are so tiring.

I would say that women make me happy. Not just to piss people off, but because it’s true.

ok…sorry I appreciate the bigger picture.

you should never apologize for what you believe in

I don’t think she was apologizing. Sarcasm 101.

Snowboarding in Whitefish when the clouds are over the lake below. All you can see in the distance is other peaks as you are above the cloudline. The trees have this snow on them that make them sag and look like angels (A feature unique to this specific area) the air is still and it’s perfectly silent save for the sound of your board gliding on the champagne powder. Unreal.

Kayaking/canoeing.

Camping.

The first month in a relationship while everything’s still new.

Anything with friends/family.

Waking up early on Saturday in the summer. Nice weather and the sun’s already up at 7am and I make up some good coffee, cook a traditional eggs, bacon, etc… breakfast, get the paper and sit in my sunporch in my boxers and robe, crank up something like The Stooges/Velvet Underground/Sonic Youth and people watch. Only thing to make this better is said new girlfriend in a tight tanktop and boyshorts next to you.
Anytime I get in a state of "flow" where everything just seems to click. Also, breaking through a huge barrier or achieving a big goal.

The first warm day after winter is finally over. (should be happening soon)

I’ll just go ahead and agree to disagree.

Obviously when you’re in the moment of a big problem life feels like shit. I’ve just learned to really look at tehe positive to get out of said problem as quick as possible.

Find positives in a murder and you win a pretty damn big prize. Just for starters….

Things can be shitty, and not have any positives what so ever…

Edit: If you need to find justification in something to put it past you, so be it… but I find those people that go looking for reasons to look past what actually happened just can’t even cope with the problem in the first place. That’s okay, sometimes things are just so ridiculous that these mechanisms are necessary for some people, and I understand it…. but lets not forget what they actually are.

Find positives in a murder and you win a pretty damn big prize. Just for starters….

Things can be shitty, and not have any postives what so ever…

But…I haven’t murdered anyone, nor do I plan to. If someone close to me was murdered than obviously I would be devastated, but I’d still try to get through it in a healthy manner and still appreciate my life. When my best friend was killed I was a wreck for a long time, but I got through it and still appreciated my life more than ever.

I don’t see why you would fight me on how I feel about life…

I don’t see why you would fight me on how I feel about life…

I’m not fighting anything, but I just don’t agree with that statement. It’s a discussion board afterall…

It wasn’t up for discussion though…it was me stating how I feel about life, lol.
Vacations, especially to the West
Getting up at 3AM and hiking 20 miles

At least he was murdered quick! Right??!!!111!!11

I think you’re missing the whole concept behind a discussion forum. If you don’t want comments, save it for your journal.
My Family – I am constantly reminded of how much they mean to me and how much better my life is having them in it.
My Friends – People i can just be me around without fear of being judged, people who make me happy because they actually want me around.
My Car – I can be having the worst day of my life, a drive in my car with the top down will put everything into perspective and cheer me up.
Myself – When i get really down, when i feel like i am the biggest looser in the world, a voice in my head kicks on and yells at me for being such a bitch. I remind myself of the things in my life that are wonderful, and i remind myself that there is alot to be thankful for.

You seem quick to judge people on the forum, any particular reason? It would seem most people have been compassionate to your needs up to this point. Just an observation.

I’m not judging anyone. I’m also not saying I’m right or wrong… but if I don’t agree on something I’ll sure say something. It’s the internet, not a Kumbaya circle. No worries, I’ll be gone in a month anyways as that’s when my sub runs out. If you don’t like something, I suggest you flag a mod over and let them take care of it.

Find positives in a murder and you win a pretty damn big prize. Just for starters….

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positive in murder? I’m sure the murderer is happy, and there might be someone who really didnt like that person and wanted to kill them but didnt have the balls, so they might be happy too…if the murderer gets caught, the police officer who catches him gets recognition, i’m sure the funeral home, the casket/flower companies, and the coroner appreciate the extra cash in there pockets. where’s my prize!

for some brains, it’s easier if you view things in terms of black and white absolutes.
playing baseball. i don’t think anything makes me happier

eh…im sure its a time saver.

gosh i didn’t realize that

Why does that make you numb? Playing music makes alot of people really happy
Coming home from the gym, scoring high on my tests, being liberal with the gas pedal, traveling/discovering new places and cultures for myself, getting messages from a date telling me what a great time she had (!), discovering music I’d missed out on, figuring out a new way to play different songs on the guitar… you know, shit like that
Spending quality time with my kid’s
Being in a very loving and healthy relationship
Being a great nurse and helping people out
Being the best friend to the people I care about
Basically life in general
Nothing really, or it’s really fleeting and not usually worth noting.

Closest I think to happy I seem to get now is reading up on new things, but that turns into more of an obsession than happiness.
hmm happiness for me

improving myself – whether its beating a personal record or accomplishing goals i’ve set for myself, the feeling of accomplishment can turn any bad day into a good one.

sleeping – I love it

making money – money make the world go round

traveling
Grilling some food
Picking up old electronics from the junkyard and bashing the shit out of them with a sledge hammer
Shrooms
Shooting beer bottles with a BB gun
Kittens
Illegal fireworks
Yelling "get a job!" from my car at pedestrians
Truckstop restaurants
Chopping down trees

Grilling some food
Picking up old electronics from the junkyard and bashing the shit out of them with a sledge hammer
Shrooms
Shooting beer bottles with a BB gun
Kittens
Illegal fireworks
Yelling "get a job!" from my car at pedestrians
Truckstop restaurants
Chopping down trees

Thanks…I needed a good laugh.
Just being alive makes me happy as fuck.
Seeing a beautiful woman.
Talking to a beautiful woman.
Flirting with that beautiful woman.
Playing computer games.
Going to the gym.
Playing sport.
Work.
Friends.
Sleeping.
Breathing.
Silence.
Food.
Life.

Also a good time is rolling around the ghetto mall parking lot until you see some kids in a car smoking pot, then rolling up next to them, pointing at them and screaming. Not words, just "AHHHHH!" with a frightened look on my face until they drive away.

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