I was happy throughout my early childhood, up until about age nine.
I was happy again as a grad student at Rice University, and that didn't end until about a year after I got my degree.
And I am happy now.
By this, I don't mean that I didn't have happy moments during my unhappy periods. Of course, I did. But the happy times aren't isolated moments. They are the long periods of time when our basic needs are met and we have hope for the future.
1. When my husband and son hugs me. 2. When my family appreciates me. 3. When I married my husband and when I gave birth to my son... ... practically, I make it a point to at least stay happy everyday.
A very good question. Moments of happiness happen from time to time, but these are just minutes...Can't think about anything whic would have lasted for at least an hour + I could call it "a feeling of real happiness". I guess the answer then is never...
Thanks Sophs :-) We are very proud of her. She worked her butt off for this. Every night she sits at the table doing calculus for 2 or 3 hours. While the other kids are out having fun and partying she is studying. A huge sacrifice on her part.
not really alot of spam, but far less intentional mail. and for snail mail? nothing but bills, ever. I LOVE getting mail, it means somebody thought of you when they couldnt see you. more happy things when the dishes are finished
when I tuck my kids into bed and they tell me what their favourite part of the day was
I like your idea. Getting mail from friends whom you can meet is not so interesting to me. Rather mail from friends whom you might never meet and exchange your views and feeling are rather more interesting!
I was happy and confused the day of my first marriage. But very, very happy. However, when my two children were born, I couldn't see to count their fingers and toes (the nurse and Dr. told me to do it) because I was crying tears of joy.
I wrote a waltz for my daughter for her 5th birthday. I played it for her and she and my son (2 at the time) danced around the room. It has been one of the sustaining memories and reasons for me to hang on and keep going despite any setbacks. I'm working with a friend to make a music video of it. Hope to post the link and write a hub about it sometime soon.
Today: When my brother and I had a real, meaningful, deep conversation (we haven't done that in a while) When my professor ended class early When I went to my parents' house and the whole family was together and watched "parenthood"
1. when I married my husband 2. when I do anything with my family, friends, and husband 3. when I am working at a Preschool with the kids (though now I'm not happy because I am unemployed and miss it sooooo much)
Modern culture has made entirely too much of this 'bolt of sunshine up the rear-end' "be happy!" crap. We've been indoctrinated into thinking life has no significance unless we are all drifting around in a blissful stupor with idiotic grins on our faces 24/7. Real happiness is something else entirely.
It makes me happy; To know that I have made some-one else happy no matter how small or wide. To know for every one that passes away there is a new-born laying in a mother's arms. To open my heart and let love in.
That is really difficult for me to describe my happiest moments pooja. But I am happy that you have asked this. For me happiness is only a comparative state of mind. There is no definite situation or definite things which might make someone happy. The same situation which made you happy may bore you someday also. I think that my happy moments are countless! If I name someone it will be discrimination for others. You may read my hub "What makes me happy" and "Natural healing through happiness" Thanks again for responding!
Hello Cupid, you are so interested in others, this makes me happy, last night at the Academy Awards, this makes me happy too, then the third happiest thing....ohhhh....you must read my Hub about it Mon Ami....oooooh la la! LOL
Thank you Dee Dee MonSherie for your comment. I really am interested seeing others happy. If GOD privileged me to ask for anything I would ask for the destruction of haterate, ego and selfishness which are destroying the happiness from this world. That is really difficult for me to describe my happiest moments pooja. But I am happy that you have asked this. For me happiness is only a comparative state of mind. There is no definite situation or definite things which might make someone happy. The same situation which made you happy may bore you someday also. I think that my happy moments are countless! If I name someone it will be discrimination for others. You may read my hub "What makes me happy" and "Natural healing through happiness" Thanks again for responding!
I like this topic, It's a great question. But essentially what is happiness? I think you can be happy when you go beyond being sad over something or being happy about something else. To make it more clearer, if you quit being happy for the usual reasons and be sincere with yourself and know yourself better you could live a better life. For example I'm not happy if I have lots of money to spend, but society teaches us that it's a good reason to smile...not for me, I'm not happy when a criminal is caught I'm sad that he exists...
I consider happiness like beauty...It's in the eye of the beholder. I like to laugh as much as I can, and I never went to bed without laughing at least 3 time in one day so, am I happy? Perhaps, or it's just easier to get over things...I feel good that's what counts, it's hard to be truly happy I'm not wise enough to comprehend what true happiness is...But to answer your question:
1.Had my first kiss and fell in love. 2.A few Christmas gifts in different years. 3.Found a beautiful girl and I'm still in love with her.
1) It is cuddly kitten day today, I love kittens!! 2) I can see the little red arrow of traffic rising in three of my articles, even when my traffic views have been stagnant since yesterday. I donno how that is working. 3) I got my first google adsense earning of 9 cents since i joined it, which was five days back..lol.. 4) It is tuesday today, so just 3 more days left for weekend ..yayeeee
All days are not equal for us. But think in the way the little girl suggested as follows:
Once I was reading about a man who got a letter from his teen ager daughter. She wrote about a series of bad news like: “I am leaving home with a man. I know you wouldn’t give me permission if you knew that the man’s age is equal to that of yours! But you don’t worry he is a nice person. His wife is also very nice and accepted me. His 7 children are also very nice and they all love me. Although my husband is a poor man but I know I can give him proper support. I would resume my office as soon as I got my broken leg become ok. And expect my husband would also be able to work again once he is cured from AID.” It was enough to break the man’s heart but then he suddenly saw the last line. It was: “All those could have been happened, but thank GOD it’s not so bad. Only I have been failed in the class. So don’t be shocked, just cheer up!”
1. The moment I first felt my son kick inside of me. 2. The moment he was born and I was able to hold him, look him over to assure myself he was perfect. 3. The moment I found out 'It's a Girl', when I was pregnant with my daughter. 4. The day she arrived-and we found out the steroids worked and her lungs were developed, and she was able to breath on her own.
The coffee I'm having right now is perfect, so I'll be superficially happy after I have a second cup. I did just get some really nice pink and yellow tulips - so for now (as far as "superficially happy" goes), they'll do until I get that second cup of coffee. As far as "deep down", important kind of happy goes, I'm happy. It's the between-superficial and deep-down I'm not all thrilled about.
Lisa, the concept I am obsessing about today is "gradience". Is your idea of "superficial happiness" a gradient feature or a discrete (yes/no) type of distinction? Can you be a little bit happy or is it all or nothing?
Thanks Aya Katz for responding to this thread. Although you have asked the question to Lisa, I like to tell my view on that. In my opinion happiness is a comparative state of mind. how much happy you are now that depends on how much unhappy or bored you were in your previous state.
Thanks, Cupid51. There certainly are aspects of happiness that are comparative. For instance, how happy an ice cream cone makes you may depend to some extent on how often you get to have ice cream. This is value created by external supply and demand.
However, the internal experience of happiness can be gradient or not. I think to some extent, it depends on the individual. We don't all have the same internal experiences.
But I guess you were saying that for you it is gradient...?
Thank you Lisa for your response. Some great man (I don't remember his name right now) said that don't think about a long future. just think of present, decide what to do now and try to be happy for the present moment.
I don't know whether you are that great man! Just kidding! Have a nice day!
Thank you Donotfear for the response. Of course this is happiness! There is no definite condition which could make you happy. It is a comparative state of mind and the way you look into it. have a nice day!
1. When my little brother first came home from the hospital and I looked into his eyes for the very first time.
2. When I became the first person in my family to graduate from college.
3. This is tough...there are so many...perhaps when I landed my first freelance job...or when I got accepted into grad school...when my brother got accepted to college...when I grew my first tomato...Oh, so many things to be happy about!!
LOL, funny you should say that - I successfully grew tomatoes for the first time last year and the feeling I got from that was fantastic. Especially as they were extremely tasty tomatoes, grown in home-made compost.
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