What is the cause of your personal happiness?

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  1. Deepak Chaturvedi profile image63
    Deepak Chaturvediposted 11 years ago

    What is the cause of your personal happiness?

  2. skgrao profile image67
    skgraoposted 11 years ago

    According to H H Sri Sri Ravishankar founder of The Art Of Living Foundation the Cause's are:-
    1 - Compassion.
    2 - Contentment.
    3 - Forgiveness.
    4 - Truth.
    5 - Sincerity
    I am trying all of this and his one more message "Silence".

  3. Gabriel Wilson profile image92
    Gabriel Wilsonposted 11 years ago

    I realize my abilities although I still strive to improve and knowing that gives me a contentment in where I am in my life. I have learned that the simple pleasures in life are very often the best and that I am no better and no worse than anyone else. I now know that my family and friends are very important and I will never take them for granted.
    I guess you could say; I have happiness because I am happy to embrace what is mine, what I cannot change, whatever and however that may be smile

  4. Junaid Ghani profile image71
    Junaid Ghaniposted 11 years ago

    Personal happiness can only be achieved by the attainment of Spiritual security...!

  5. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 11 years ago

    My faith of course, and the happiness of my loved ones.

    1. Deepak Chaturvedi profile image63
      Deepak Chaturvediposted 11 years agoin reply to this


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      JThomp42posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Deepak.

  6. ro-jo-yo profile image83
    ro-jo-yoposted 11 years ago

    That I know the true name of the Almighty Yehowah and the true name of the Messiah Yehowshuwa. Who came to redeem us back to the Father for those who believe on him.

  7. holisticthealth profile image71
    holisticthealthposted 11 years ago

    I have been much happier since I have started focusing on my strengths as an individual, and since I have accepted that there are things I can do, and things I can't. Perhaps you may say that 'acceptance of self' is my major cause of happiness. I have wasted so much time trying to be someone I was not, and I didn't even know! This is happiness for me: discovering and loving myself smile

  8. Mr. Happy profile image71
    Mr. Happyposted 11 years ago

    The Great Spirit/ Wakan Tanka, helps attain my ego's personal happiness.

  9. CriticalMessage profile image65
    CriticalMessageposted 11 years ago

    What causes my personal happiness is my recognition, my respect, my acceptance, and my responsibility that has ultimate control over my personal happiness is to be achieved... With No Blame and No Shame for what I am, who I am, and why I am...

  10. Marsei profile image91
    Marseiposted 11 years ago

    Accepting myself and realizing that who I am is okay.  No longer hoping to win anyone's approval helps a lot.   A few months ago, I began to look at the lives of those whose approval I wanted.   It was shocking to me that their lives are nothing I want to emulate.  After some health challenges this past year, I think trusting the universe, God, the "Is," whatever, is the most important thing.  I have begun to realize that my experiences are all happening for a reason.  I simply must be patient and I'll eventually learn what the reason is.

  11. cam8510 profile image93
    cam8510posted 11 years ago

    My unhappiness in the past was a result of frustration with people and events around me that I could not control.  I have given up as much as possible trying to control people and events.  I have noticed a marked increase in serenity and happiness.

  12. TNSabrina profile image61
    TNSabrinaposted 11 years ago

    The main cause of my happiness is simply my inner peace with God. I’m not a mainstream type of religious person, but I do have faith and it gives meaning to things that otherwise would have no meaning to me. I think loving and feeling love brings me happiness as well as forgiving others and myself, showing kindness, empathy, and compassion for others.

  13. John Sarkis profile image80
    John Sarkisposted 11 years ago

    Well, we cannot be happy without those around us whom we call family and friends: I'll say my family, friends, music, writing and a few other hobbies I enjoy doing.

  14. somethgblue profile image72
    somethgblueposted 11 years ago

    Being chosen or allowed to be on this planet during its current opportunity to ascend to the next level of evolution. Humanity is on the cusp of the Golden Age of mankind and those that have incarnated on this planet at this time will be part of an event that is not witnessed by most third dimensional beings.

    All should rejoice in the opportunity to be part of such an awe-inspiring event.

    That and I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night!

  15. Neil Sperling profile image58
    Neil Sperlingposted 11 years ago

    "Happiness is a choice." Too many people think they have to do something, have something or have something done for them to be happy. It is much simpler than that! Happiness is a choice. Be in the moment and enjoy life - learn to love living and love life. Accept yourself and others as they are and work on yourself to improve your own self love. Be comfortable in your own skin.
    Every day is a good day - some are just gooder!

  16. juneaukid profile image71
    juneaukidposted 11 years ago

    The love and concern I receive from my wife, family and friends is certainly a major source of my happiness which allows me to try and return that love.

  17. padmendra profile image49
    padmendraposted 11 years ago

    My personal happiness is satisfaction about what I am and what I do in my life and I am always  positive about what I want to achieve. I love when I fail the first time because every second attempt is with more energy and enthusiasm.I greet success and learn from failures.lastly my happiness comes when my efforts to make people happy reflect from the smiles of my loved ones.

  18. tsadjatko profile image68
    tsadjatkoposted 11 years ago

    The cause of personal happiness in anyone and everyone is the result of chemical reactions throughout the brain. What scientists learned from studies is that happiness doesn’t seem to have a clearly defined neurobiological home. Like everything else about human nature, happiness has complex roots. So what you perceive as the cause of your happiness is actually the cause of activity in the brain which is the cause of the feeling of happiness. Theoretically if the chemical reactions in the brain, brain activity, that cause happiness could be created by other means than the perceived cause of happiness in an individual the result would be the same, so in a sense it is the brain that causes happiness, period. This phenomenon can be observed in an addict whose happiness is caused by the chemicals to which he is addicted.

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      JThomp42posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I'm so glad someone FINALLY pointed out that our happiness is not up to us. There are chemicals in the brain that can prevent you from being happy, and also make you sad or depressed. It is not up to the individual to just decide to be happy.

    2. annerivendell profile image60
      annerivendellposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      With respect, tsadjatko, there are many scientists who do not agree. Like Barbara Fredrickson, Martin Seligman, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi for starters. They have empirical, evidence that we can learn to find contentment through positive psychology.

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      JThomp42posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      With respect ann, That is not proven, whereas chemical imbalances are. If the one's you are talking about are right then why do ten million Americans suffer from depression? Also the suicide rate is almost at an all time high. I live with depression.

    4. tsadjatko profile image68
      tsadjatkoposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Actually I agree with both of you. Learning to find contentment through positive psychology actually supports what I have said and doesn't change the thought that the cause is more based in the chemistry of the brain than the perceived "cause".

    5. annerivendell profile image60
      annerivendellposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I'm sorry that your live with depression. I did too for 20 years (and there is no darker place) until I discovered positive psychology and learned, with professional help, how to practice it. My life has changed beyond all recognition. Peace to you x

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      An AYMposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I personally think so many millions suffer from depression because there are approaches to life that are better or worse, and I think we're on the 'worse' end of the spectrum.

  19. annerivendell profile image60
    annerivendellposted 11 years ago

    The fact that NONE of us is getting out of this alive-so why take anything too seriously? My philosophy for life is-experience all you can, help whoever you can, love as many as you can, don't expect anyone else to think or believe as you do, don't spoil today by worrying about tomorrow (that doesn't mean don't plan though) and HAVE FUN! I believe that I am a spiritual being having a human experience-and what a gift life is!

  20. einron profile image54
    einronposted 11 years ago

    Not striving for success in life and finding the answer that promotion comes from God.

    For promotion cometh not from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.

    For God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another (Ps.75:6-7).

    Accept what comes your way and deal with it.  Praise the Lord.

  21. profile image0
    An AYMposted 11 years ago

    I don't know, I have absolutely no idea yet.  The more I look the less I feel I understand.

    As of the moment one thing that has always remained is that I am truly truly happy being near other creatures be they insects and fish, or cats and dogs.  Less so with people, but I'm working on that.

  22. time2rite profile image60
    time2riteposted 11 years ago

    I have found that happiness is dependent on the external and can be fickle in that it is more a "feeling" than an actual fact or measure of one's circumstances or situation.  Joy, which is an all-abiding Peace no matter the external, is a much better gauge of life.  Happiness comes: from being with friends, family; it arises from personal satisfaction in goals met or achievements made; a gift received or a surprise coming your way; the list can go on.  Happiness is dependent upon oneself and you can never find it in another person or persons; you must be content with yourself and who you are.  But I would have to say that for me personally, I am most happy when I am sitting or walking on the beach and find myself realizing that all the things in life that I find so significant are actually so small and trivial when compared to the expanse of what God has given me...in this I find that happiness and Joy intermingle, and for that, I am truly blessed (happy)!

  23. shara63 profile image60
    shara63posted 11 years ago

    My faith in God & submission to him.....that keeps me happy even in all adverse!!

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    Logicofhappinessposted 11 years ago

    The satisfaction of creating happiness in others is the catalyst for my own happiness.

    1. profile image0
      An AYMposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      What about those you don't create happiness in, or if you haven't created happiness for a couple weeks.  Are you just stuck being... unhappy?

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      Logicofhappinessposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      You have a very good point.

      Unless those who do not display happiness cause me misery, then my happiness hopefully will remain unchanged. If i have the perception to either be happy or sad, why not choose happiness? smile


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