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Lighter Side of Life - Happiness - What Makes Us Happy

Updated on March 20, 2013
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Happiness Goals:

What do people look for in life, what makes them happy? What makes one person happy may not make another person happy. But, Usually, the higher goals are similar; to achieve happiness people look for things like graduating, marriage, career, children, success, winning the lottery, etc. All these could be pretty time consuming and lengthy process. I am not saying that there is anything wrong with them, but life is too short to leave such long gaps in between 'happiness Goals'!
In my opinion, and this is one person's opinion, we should look for lots of small incidents in our daily life that would make us happy...... In that way you are really maximizing the potential growth for happiness! Right? Ok, then let's get to work.

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Happiness

Here are some basic ideas for happiness; some of these goals were accomplished by me when I was young, and some at an adult age, and some are goals that I have seen others have reached:

The Rain!
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The Scream!

Did someone just let me out?
Did someone just let me out? | Source

Happiness Is:

- dancing in the pouring rain, what a great feeling!
- sitting at the bay window sipping coffee, while there is a blizzard going on outside;
- laying in the green, green lush grass, staring at the blue, blue sky on a fine summer day;
- guest are coming, and you burned that chicken, then they call to say they can't make it!
- feeling the soft sand under your feet;

- You just bought a chocolate ice cream at the Mall, and your best friend takes it from you! Guess who is walking around with a chocolate mustache? :)
- looking at your mother's face..... When she goes for your socks drawer where you kept all those little frog!
- you get the last piece of that chocolate mousse cake because no one bothered to get up at midnight;
- when that baby can't tell his mother that you took his lollipop. ok, ok I was pretty young then!
- hiding from the world in that little tree house, and reading your favorite book;
- You don't have to worry about that geek in college after all; he is interested in your best friend; the effect of make up!
- Realizing that you don't have to kiss a frog to get married; that was a real relief!
- that red balloons don't really lift you up on a 'blustery day',
- the sky is not really falling; don't read 'chicken little' to anyone under 6.
- your favorite dress is on sale at J.Crews,
- when your boyfriend bangs into that pole at the mall; he was too busy looking at that sales clerk; at this point you really can't stop laughing, ah, that is happiness!
- your neighbors made such a fuss about their thousand dollar sprinkler system, and it rained all summer;
- for a change your house is clean, your kids are at camp, and your husband has left for a business trip, YES!
- birthday cake cutting time at the office, and you get a call from your boss's boss. He wants to see the project your are working on, ASAP. Sorry, guys have to run!

At The End Know That:

Life is to short, so be happy at every opportunity you can grab, and believe me it's not hard at all!

Smiling All The Way!


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    • Lord De Cross profile image

      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      So happy after readin this piece. You don't need money to reach it...in your own Universe. Way before Atari and those Video games there was Baseball and outside entertainment. You as a programmer LA, know better. Great and inspiring hub!

      LORD

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      You are right, Lord, we were happy playing outside with friends, didn't need all these gadgets to keep us entertained! Life has changed so much...... Thanks for your visit :)

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Nicely done Lathing, I have always been a very happy person, and the little things count so much more to me. My mom actually helped me to see the little things ever since I was young child, and so I feel in love with everything.

      I must admit though when we all begin to grow up, we somewhat lose our innocent sense of what really makes us all happy, and some of us fall for the all illusive grandeur of things they haven't yet acquired, because of all the enticing appearances of fame, fortune, and glamor glittering all about for most folks who focus their eyes & view on such things especially by watching TV.

      Temptation will do it to us as well for sure, like being tempted to get a sports car, when we can only afford an economy one, just to fulfill some unseen empty void of what appeared to be happiness, but soon after becomes yet another void to be filled once again.

      Awesome hub here voted up and out! another hub like this and I might just have to write a hublove hub about you.

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      BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Awe, this is so lovely, exactly what I needed on a rainy night! See, happiness is just one page away LOL Love the simplicity and relaxed, motivational and inspirational approach. May be people start smile more and frown less =) To see happiness in little things is actually a gift, some have to learn this alien language =) But once it's grasped by the tail there comes real fun (you know what I mean, right?) =) Thank you for this sweet encouragement!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love your list of happiness...dancing in the rain...great hub with a great message.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi CloudExplorer, isn't that true, when we are young we are happier! But we can pick and choose what makes us happy. But some time we think something will make us happy, but in the long run it doesn't; like money.... lol.

      Thanks for your vote and everything! :)

      @BuddyMax, lol, glad you found happiness in a page! :) that's how I feel with your poetries..... Life is full of beautiful, and amazing things, we don't need to focus on negative energy, you know what I mean? :)

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      daisyflowrs 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Remember the Big Wheel? My brother and I would fly down our very steep drive way and zoom across the street into the dead end. Thanks for memory lane!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi billybuc, good to see you here! My kids think I am crazy, I still run out in the rain..... It's wonderful! Try it sometime :)

      @daisyflowrs, you are welcome! Memories are wonderful.....

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Sitting inside with coffee watching a blizzard outside at the window...that is pure happiness. Great hub! :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      PURE HAPPINESS!! lol

      Thanks for your comment, and visit :)

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      Joana e Bruno 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hello, LaThing, I was really needing this, what a great timing, you have no idea... Thanks! Voted up and useful (because it was) and sharing! :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This was such a fun read. I would love to dance in the rain, and i love to walk in the sand on the beach. Great ideas....

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi algraveview, I hope your day is full of happiness, and blessings. Appreciate your comment and everything! :)

      @always exploring, glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Simply Wonderful hub!! Made me giggle and smile!!! Voted up!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thank you Angela for your encouraging words, and vote! Appreciate it! :)

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 4 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @LaThing...A fun trip here! And it should be considering the title!!

      Loved the accompanying photos, as well!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      lol, I had so many things to share, but that would have made it too long! :)

      Thanks for your visit and comment..... See you around!

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      Tonette Fornillos 4 years ago from The City of Generals

      Very nice hub LaThing. How lovely your childhood cheerfulness has made a big part of a lovely heart you have today. So few would turn bits of tangleness into laughter and you have that in you. You're the healthiest infection, lol. I love that laugh of happiness. Thank you, you're awesome!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Life is full of sweet things, it's a blessing when we realize it. Most of us don't see it even when it is sitting right in front of our faces! Thanks for the beautiful comment, and your visit.... Always appreciate it!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. The more I read the bigger my smile became. Thanks for bringing in some happiness and making me remember things that I enjoy. Especially love the boyfriend cad getting belted by the pole. lol

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thank you for your vote, and your comment. I am glad you enjoyed it..... :)

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      This was a wonderful read, and so true! I think too many people look for others to make them happy when true happiness comes from inside; making happiness for yourself. I laughed and then laughed some more. Voted up and more! :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks a heap, TToombs! Glad I could make you laugh, lol. Life is wonderful if we keep our eyes open, :)

      See you around!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Such a joyful, happy hub. It really is the small things in life that bring us the most joy. Thanks for these beautiful reminders. :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      True, it's the little things, and it's always those little things that we miss out on! Thanks for your visit, and comment. See you around..... :)

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      Maree Michael Martin 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      LaThing, this is so cute, and so true. Wonderfully done! Thank you! So glad you responded to the question, so I could read this great Hub! Truly keeps me inspired, on these rainy days.

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      neeleshkulkarni 4 years ago from new delhi

      it is the ones who think happiness is a really long stretched out process not realizing that happiness is a series of small incidents and the memories created from them.Happiness does not happen to us , we have to snatch happiness from the day by being alive to its presence everywhere.Thanks for highlighting it.voted up

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi Ruby, glad to help, and thanks for stopping by. See you around!

      @neelesh, so true, can't agree with you more! We have to look for them..... It's there, but we tend to get so busy with life that we missed out on these. Thanks for the vote and stopping by.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Loved this hub - and your closing statement is surely, one to live by 'Life's Too Short' so be happy if you can as often as you can (in my mind, I am still sitting in a bay window with a hot coffee and rain pouring down outside - nothing like it), :o)

      Voted up and across the board.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      lol, blizzard is better, try it! :)

      Thanks for your comment, and your vote..... Glad to have you around!

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      pennyofheaven 4 years ago from New Zealand

      It is the little things that can bring the most happiness. Excellent article.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks for your visit and your comment. See you around! :)

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ...I suppose that 'happiness' is one of the most 'subjective' emotions known to mankind because we all have different ideas/ideals of what makes us truly happy - thus making each and everyone of us unique in our own way - you make me happy with your thought provoking writing style which always allows your readers to think and feel in a deep and profound way - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time 6:02am just returned home from night shift to daylight over the lake , two well fed pussycats, the Modern Jazz Quartet and a couple of beers .....

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      You are absolutely right, Epi! We are all different and we all perceive happiness in different ways..... Hope you have a wonderful day there, at lake Erie..... Isn't sunrise beautiful?!

      Thanks for visiting, you made my day :)

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ...yes, especially when you get to see it everyday(the sunrise) and you have the privilege of only living 100 feet away from the lake .....

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      I can just imagine that :)

      Beautiful........

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      Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

      Very nice tidbits about things that can make you happy...I especially liked the lollipop one. A hub that brought a smile to me....which I think means your hub did its job. Voted up and useful.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      LOL, glad it brought a smile to you..... That's what I wanted! :)

      Great to see you here and thanks for the votes.....

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