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Old 03-24-2016, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Pac. NW
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A good dog. Preferably a hound.
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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For me, it's having simple needs, having those needs well met, and doing work that I truly enjoy. And giving back something to my community through volunteer work.

And lots of time in nature breathing fresh air and exercising my body...walking, biking, paddling.
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:21 PM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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Variety is the spice of life for me. I need to keep learning. I can think up more projects to do than I will ever get done.
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Florida -
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Live life in the Lord! -- It's a win-win life. Whether one lives or dies, they live!
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:00 PM
 
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Learn how to love yourself and how to forgive yourself and it will make you a more loving and forgiving person to others. Another win-win.


Develop an attitude of gratitude.


Own a cat. They'll help you put your sense of importance in perspective.


Have a child. They'll teach you patience.


Learn how to be alone and develop a few hobbies which you'll be able to do for a lifetime.
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Old 03-24-2016, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I learned more about happiness by watching the documentary, "Happy", than I have anywhere else. It's free on Netfix, probably Amazon, too.

HAPPY*|*The Happy Movie
I was actually really disappointed in that documentary. It focused on really sad stuff. They interviewed kids who had been bullied and cried in front of school assemblies. I couldn't keep watching it. I was hoping to feel uplifted, but it was horribly upsetting. Don't watch this documentary to feel good. Showing what makes people unhappy, doesn't equate a documentary on how to be happy. Anyway, I whole-heartedly discourage anyone from watching this documentary, if you think it will make you feel good, because it absolutely will not.
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:15 PM
 
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Learn how to love yourself and how to forgive yourself and it will make you a more loving and forgiving person to others. Another win-win.


Develop an attitude of gratitude.


Own a cat. They'll help you put your sense of importance in perspective.


Have a child. They'll teach you patience.


Learn how to be alone and develop a few hobbies which you'll be able to do for a lifetime.

I'm poor and all I can afford is a cheap room in someone else's house, where I can't own a cat and am never alone, and that is why I'm having difficulty having gratitude.
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Old 03-25-2016, 02:21 AM
 
Location: In a state of mind
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learn how to love yourself and how to forgive yourself and it will make you a more loving and forgiving person to others. Another win-win.


Develop an attitude of gratitude.

develop an attitude.


own a cat. They'll help you put your sense of importance in perspective.

own a cat. They'll pee on your furniture and shred your sofa.

have a child. They'll teach you patience.

have a child. They'll drive you insane.

learn how to be alone and develop a few hobbies which you'll be able to do for a lifetime.

yeah because nobody wants to hang out with a cat lady who's thankful her kids drove her nuts!
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Old 03-25-2016, 03:39 AM
 
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Actually, this study applies only to white, heterosexual men, from Boston born long, long ago.

While I do wish the general public (ie: we posters here on CD) were more aware of such data skewing, I blame the researchers. Not the OP here. Just sayin'
Skewed data, disappeared women... I am just guessing, but I think the results obtained by studying white men are pretty generalizable and would have been the same if they included women, blacks, and Martians. Social relationships are good for *people*.
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Old 03-25-2016, 05:09 AM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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Another thread where there is no "one size fits all" magic answer. There are happy hermits and miserable social butterflies, but that doesn't seem to be the common trend. I think that for most of us life is going to be a mix of good and bad, happy and sad. But a substantial portion (maybe most of life) is spaces in between those events that make us feel especially good or bad. If there is a secret, I think it is learning not to dwell on the bad in those spaces in between.
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