I am most happy when I am able to accomplish all I need to do and all my desires perfectly; then I congratulate myself.
Family. A sense of achievement. Watching a sunrise. Listening to the sound of an ocean. Picnics. Simple stuff, really.
Many things.. I guess, if your heart is satisfied, you are happy ....
A sense of achievement through work, sport or social activity! Relationships going well and funny moments with friends! comedy, laughing and anything along those lines are also what makes me happy!
This is a very intriguing question that I couldn't resist, because I wrote a hub about it, so I have some very definite ideas of what constitutes happiness for me. If I have to talk about my own experience of happiness, I can only say that it very much resembles the state of peace experienced by many people who have had a near death experience, and have see the Lord. Although I haven't had a near death experience, I have experienced the living Presence of God when I was in my late twenties, early thirties, and I have finally written about it in my other blog, some thirty five years later, drawing heavily from my journals in which I recorded everything that happened to me. There is nothing that brings more happiness and joy. Nothing! It's a transforming experience. You are transformed because nothing and nobody can rob you of the happiness that remains within you for the rest of your life. My life, like that of many others, has been tough, and sometimes it still is, but the storms that rage around me can't penetrate the core of my being where everything is stillness and peace. So I would have to say that for me happiness is not caused by anything that I can do, or attain by my own efforts, or by acquiring them. These can give me some fleeting sense of satisfaction, but do not make me happy. For me happiness is simply a state of being that comes from loving God, and from being in tune with His Will, which is, quite simply, to always do the most loving thing. This state of being happy inside, enhances all my other experiences.
I would differentiate between happiness and joy though they're related. Happiness depends on circumstances such as weather, looks, money, fame, education, family, love etc. It is not constant but elusive. Just when you think you're going to be happy since you've achieved your thing, then comes the disappointment in the very thing. I call it short term joy.
Joy is a deeper experience than happiness. It is not geared towards ourselves but to others too. It is the fulfillment of the purpose for which we exist for we don't exist to satisfy ourselves only. And if we think so, we are bound to experience an emptiness even when we have achieved all in life. Joy is sustaining since it is fueled by God who is eternal and greater than us. One can have joy even when the weather is dull and grey or even when things turn out badly. The joy of the Lord is my strength.
Have a joyful day.
Remembering something I've forgotten when it comes back to mind. Writing Hubs and getting to know different folks through this medium. Good meals. Allegra-D during allergy season. The list could go on...
I agree with Eunice: happiness and joy are related by very different. Happiness can be fleeting and is dependent upon situations & circumstances, but joy is like peace: it has to come from within, no matter the circumstances you're in, and it's best when it comes from a higher power. Happiness is something you strive to have, and have to keep striving to keep it. Joy and peace, however, are deeply satisfying and long lasting.
So, to answer the question, what makes me happy is good coffee, sunsets on the beach, living in WA state and getting to see the mountains all the time, and reading a good book.
But what gives me joy and peace? My relationship with Jesus Christ, because He is the Reason for my existence, my hope for the future, and He fills my heart with joy and peace, no matter what may be happening in my life at the moment. No matter what happens, I know everything will be all right!
I would list all the things that make me happy, but it'd be easier to say what doesn't. A much shorter list
What makes me happy is a good night's sleep, good food, and being helpful to those I love.
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