Are you happy?

The other day I was talking with a friend about the problem of happiness. Not that being happy is a problem. But so many people I know aren’t happy, and that (to them, at least) is a problem. Whether it’s a problem for me, too, depends on whether I choose to make it one. I know it’s co-depedent, but when those we love are unhappy, it’s hard not to let it affect us.

Happiness (and the lack thereof) has recently been the topic of a staggering number of books, articles, podcasts, etc. I’ve read a fair bit of this tidal wave of research, analysis, and opinion. I’ll write about some of it in upcoming posts. Right now, what I’m interested in is you and your happiness, or lack thereof.

If you’re willing, post a comment telling me whether you consider yourself happy.

  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how happy are you most of the time?
  • Does your mood cycle between joy and misery, or do you sail through life on an even keel?
  • Are you, in general, a glass half full or glass half empty type?
  • Have you always been that way, or have you moved on the optimism-pessimism scale?
  • Do you actively pursue happiness, or consider it a byproduct of a life well lived?
  • Do you believe some people are just lucky and others aren’t, or that we make our own luck?

It can be anonymous (I’m the only one who can see the email address you enter, and you can always put noneofyourbusiness@gmail.com), but I’m curious.

Comments 4

  1. Jessica wrote:

    1 – 8
    2 – cycle
    3 – half full 100%
    4 – I think always, but having a gratitude practice has definitely enforced it
    5 – I think that by pursuing things that make our souls happy, we become happy. So I guess I see it as a byproduct.
    6 – I don’t really believe in “luck” as much as I believe in “things unfolding as they should” (the Desiderata)

    Posted 20 Jan 2017 at 11:50 am
  2. John wrote:

    1. 8
    2. Cycle, but not much, at least when I have depression under control. Don’t hit actual misery all that often.
    3.Starting to question if I want what’s in the glass
    4. I’ve moved from optimism to cynicism and I am trying to see things more realistically and working on developing equanimity
    5. I seek happiness, but I see it as product of how you live your life
    6. I think the world is pretty random and we actually have very little control over what happens.

    Posted 21 Jan 2017 at 9:54 am
  3. Mr Smith wrote:

    1) 9
    2) cycle
    3) half full
    4) usually positive but there have been times when I have been more pessimistic.
    5) I pursue it through living a life that is more likely to lead to happiness,
    6) It is both. No doubt luck does play a role.

    Posted 21 Jan 2017 at 3:54 pm
  4. Dianna Sharp wrote:

    My scale stays the same these days. I think it to be about a 5

    I used to cycle when I was younger. It was always ups and downs but usually turned out great. But as I grew older, it seemed to be a mindset of “whatever” for me.

    I look at the glass and depending on what’s in it, I make my decision.

    See answer #1

    I lived my life with a good outlook. Now I am happy just to be living.

    Luck has never been something I consider. I just know it is whatever God wants it to be.

    Posted 24 Jan 2017 at 9:02 pm

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