They say the key to happiness is...

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    Oct 16, 2011 8:51 AM GMT
    To surround your self with happy people. Do you do this? Think it might be my mantra for a while.
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    Oct 16, 2011 7:33 PM GMT
    According to this podcast from Radiolab, a healthy degree of self-deception is a good start.
  • imbrad

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    Oct 16, 2011 7:36 PM GMT
    the key to happiness is to realize that happiness is not the key to life
  • Import

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    Oct 16, 2011 7:47 PM GMT
    the key to happiness is looking good, having 6 pack abs, and talking down on others less fortunate than urself.

    Also, having lots of money and expensive things helps too.

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    Oct 16, 2011 8:03 PM GMT
    I'm the opposite, I surround myself with miserable people so that I can feel better about my own life. I think I'm an emotional vampire LOL
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    Oct 16, 2011 8:07 PM GMT
    According to much scientific (lol) research, depressed people have the most realistic outlook on life..............so......icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 16, 2011 8:09 PM GMT
    @mikeinslc keeps trying to do these quasi -spiritual threads and they always get side-tracked!!!!

    There is no one key.

    Surrounding yourself with a VARIETY of people is probably the most fun and really the only truly viable way to do ANYTHING.

    "Happy" is all relative. Your version and mine are probably VASTLY different.

    Surround yerself with people who are genuine, interesting and trying to do something other than what everbody else tells them to do and if nothing else - you will have lots of great stories and dinner parties.

    If that fails, spend money like water and try not think about the consequences.

    You can't buy people but you can definitely rent them.

    And ALWAYS dress better than everybody else.
  • suedeheadscot

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    Oct 16, 2011 8:29 PM GMT
    Naw naw naw. Its a bit of both. You CAN contribute to your own happiness in a major way but inevitably life holds the upper hand.
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    Oct 16, 2011 8:35 PM GMT
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    Oct 16, 2011 8:37 PM GMT
    I don't have the study, but there was one in Denmark (often voted the happiest country in the world) saying that the key to happiness was trying new things. Btw, they also have a shockingly low life expectancy.
  • dancedancekj

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    Oct 16, 2011 8:39 PM GMT
    Not THE key, but A key to happiness. Kind of a chicken and the egg question. If you are surrounded by positive people, does it make you happy? Or do happy people surround themselves with positive people?

    I believe I am a pretty chipper person, with an almost unhealthy sense of optimism in the world and the human spirit. I still have tons of friends who can be Negative Nancy's, but they don't drag me down necessarily.

    That being said, I stopped hanging out with some people because they dragged me into their own personal drama or problems that I couldn't fix, and did not have the energy for. It's not unhappy people necessarily, but it's the people that are causing more stress in your life than productive living that I find myself getting rid of.
  • masculumpedes

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    Oct 16, 2011 8:43 PM GMT
    Import said Also, having lots of money and expensive things helps too.


    It may help, but you still want more....icon_cry.gif
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    Oct 16, 2011 8:48 PM GMT
    A bit of self-delusion is certainly important.. but the most important to me is indeed surrounding myself with happy people.... that always works
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    Oct 16, 2011 8:51 PM GMT
    malefeet said
    Import said Also, having lots of money and expensive things helps too.


    It may help, but you still want more....icon_cry.gif


    Oh Will... icon_smile.gif
  • ATXnative

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    Oct 16, 2011 8:51 PM GMT
    It's more of a decision and an outlook than anything.
  • masculumpedes

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    Oct 16, 2011 8:52 PM GMT
    Buckyou said
    malefeet said
    Import said Also, having lots of money and expensive things helps too.


    It may help, but you still want more....icon_cry.gif


    Oh Will... icon_smile.gif


    Hey there Mr. M. icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 16, 2011 9:06 PM GMT
    Really what it comes down to is what I can only assume most of you have experienced. I just feel as though I'm a bit late to the party...

    I have been a pretty giving individual in my life, and unfortunately have been a bit easy to walk on. I have been the person to call if you needed something.

    Unfortunately, the world has changed a lot, and I should have changed with it, but I'm a bit stubborn.

    So for now I'll be doing some sprinting to catch up. Taking a lot more time working on myself again. And hopefully the world stops seemingly so weird.
  • Webster666

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    Oct 16, 2011 9:32 PM GMT
    I'm more of a loner.
    The key to happiness is having good health, having enough money, and having peace and quiet.
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    Oct 16, 2011 11:07 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidI'm more of a loner.
    The key to happiness is having good health, having enough money, and having peace and quiet.


  • rivers1227

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    Oct 17, 2011 5:25 AM GMT
    happiness is being occupied. being bored leads to bad things. ;-)
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    Oct 17, 2011 5:26 AM GMT
    Not stressing over things you can't control. Not holding grudges. Realizing everyone is just human. Helping others. Being surrounded by people who enjoy your company. Being content with what you currently have in life whether it be tangible or not.
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    Oct 17, 2011 6:31 AM GMT
    happiness is so over-rated....icon_twisted.gif
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    Oct 17, 2011 7:00 AM GMT
    mikeinslc saidTo surround your self with happy people. Do you do this? Think it might be my mantra for a while.


    God damnit. What's with you and all these god damn "happy" threads? Do you like do some kind of Buddhist masturbation every day?!? This is the 4th or 5th variant happy thread I've read by you this month.

    Talking about happiness is one thing. But you do it so much I suspect you're obsessed with it so much that you're either not happy at all, or you've got some psychological disorder called mania.
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    Oct 17, 2011 7:06 AM GMT
    imbrad saidthe key to happiness is to realize that happiness is not the key to life


    Oh I like this. This is actually deep. Happiness negates itself to become itself.
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    Oct 17, 2011 7:34 AM GMT
    Why complicate it?

    Key to happiness:

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