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Define happiness. What Do You Need to Be Happy?

17 comments | December 6th, 2012

Nope, there’s no article, no story – just the question in the headline. Let’s think about it…what do we (that means you too) need in our lives to be happy?  What do we WANT in our lives to be happy?

Deep stuff, right?!  But what question could we ask ourselves where the answer could be more important, more essential, more fundamentally our happiest version of ourselves?

Throw down, Chestists, throw down.

17 comments

  • Kaleigh Somers

    Posted on January 12, 2012

    Someone to share that happiness with when it strikes. And a belief that I am making strides in this Big, Wide World of Messiness. That I am changing someone’s life somewhere, even if he or she is hundreds of thousands of miles away.

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    • Abby Corne

      Posted on January 12, 2012

      I came here to post my own thoughts but after reading yours all I can say is “ditto”.

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      • Anonymous

        Posted on January 12, 2012

        Having someone to share happiness with didn’t come to mind but I so agree it is an essential ingredient. Not that I can’t be happy alone but that’s not the happiness I am after.

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  • Junie B

    Posted on January 12, 2012

    Everyone’s so deep! Sorry, but I need money and lots of shoes. Just keeping it real. :)

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  • Momof2

    Posted on January 12, 2012

    My partner
    My kids
    My women friends
    Health
    Being outside
    Good books

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  • Lori

    Posted on January 19, 2012

    There is only one thing anyone needs to be happy, no matter what:

    the willingness to CHOOSE happiness.

    Because there’s always something to be grateful for, even if it’s only that you’re alive and breathing. And gratitude breeds happiness.

    I aspire to this ideal myself but miss the mark too frequently for my tastes – but I’m getting better all the time and, in doing so, am spending more and more of my life feeling REALLY happy! :)

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    • OOC

      Posted on January 21, 2012

      We love this, Lori. To aspire and miss and then get better is what the journey’s all about, right? Thanks so much for adding your voice to the conversation. XO, OOC

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  • Kalypso

    Posted on January 20, 2012

    A decent bottle of cabernet or shiraz, a great book and an excellent cup of coffee in the morning. Those are my elements of happiness.

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    • OOC

      Posted on January 21, 2012

      To be able to enjoy the simple and (usually) accessible tings in our lives…to appreciate them and their being within arm’s reach is so freaking beautiful. Thanks, Kalypso…and cheers to all that. XO, OOC

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  • Terra

    Posted on February 19, 2012

    I just want to be free. Free to be myself, free from expectations, free from my plummeting health, free from a broken heart. I am thankful for what I have but I would give it all to be free.

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  • Simple

    Posted on July 21, 2012

  • Ava

    Posted on July 21, 2012

    People in my life who I really love and who love me.
    It’s not very complicated, but that’s it in a nutshell for me.

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  • Everything is OK

    Posted on July 24, 2013

    I think happiness is a choice. We all have a choice of how we perceive life. We can be miserable about situations/events/experiences or we can choose an alternative. The alternative could be to not dwell on things that you have no control over and choose to be grateful for what you have in your life. That in itself can make you be happy. The famous serenity prayer comes to mind.
    God grant me the serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.

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  • Brandy

    Posted on April 24, 2014

    For me happiness is the chaos of life with my family, immediate and extended. I thrive on it. The balancing act of Girl Scout meetings, Sunday school, planning baby showers and birthday parties. They never look like the ones on Pinterest but the whole family’s there.

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