I’ve thought about this question quite a lot over the last few years. What is that makes a person happy? I’ve heard a lot of answers about long term happiness, but right now I’m more interested in what makes people happy right here and right now. Without trying to make it seem trite, I’d like to know what things can cause an immediate feeling of happiness in a person’s life. It sounds like immediate gratification, but it’s more than that.
A good friend of mine told me recently that it makes her happy to help others. When she’s able to give something of herself or what she has to someone who is in need, it makes her happy. So, I’m thinking about things that we as people do, rather than things that we have.
One reason I’m asking this question is because so many people seem unhappy on a frequent basis. I don’t believe all of them are truly unhappy people, so they must have something in their lives that makes them happy, that keeps them going when times are tough. I read somewhere a question and a suggestion that goes something like this: What would you do if the world would end in 15 minutes? Then do that every day.
I understand the sentiment, but it seems too much like desperation to me. Who wouldn’t hold their loved ones tightly and tell them they love them? Other answers are often just silly. Really, in order to be happy people we have to develop happy habits. We have to have satisfying, fulfilling lives. What is it that you do that makes you happy? I’m looking for as many comments as I can get on this post and then I’d like to discuss the answers in another post.