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Last edited at 11:12PM on 1/10/2014
They say the key to happiness is earning $90,000 per year - enough to live comfortably and have a yearly holiday and clothe and school your kids, but not so much money that it is meaningless. Statistically people who have more or less than that are less happy.
To me, happiness is having a stable job, having a few close friends (but not so many friends that you don't feel a close bond with them), a good relationship with my parents, the ability to see beyond the town I live in and appreciate other places, financial and job security , having a roof over my head, a small pet that loves me indefinitly, a partner to love and come home to, a nice cosy bed/retreat, a simple hobby, and money to put towards my retirement.
Oh and atree with totalah - regular sex is a must, and reasonable health.
People have different standards of what can bring them happiness.
What works for me is aspiring towards an ideal for your self and letting no one interfere with that. I do not infringe on others so I expect others not to infringe on me. I fight for my liberty and it gives me a sense of accomplishment and happiness.
Many people believe that money, cars and other material assets will bring happiness. Sadly, those who do acquire these things still find themselves in want or worrying about how to keep these things. Because of how quickly these things can disappear and be taken, people work themselves to the bone to store up for the future. All of this hard labor and the uncertainty of riches take away happiness. One reliable source of happiness, the Bible, encourages us to read from it daily and meditate on the benefits that come from following the counsel there within. (Ps. 1:1-3)
Jesus said at Luke 11:28 “Happy are those hearing the word of God and keeping it”. 1 Timothy 1:11 describes God as “the happy God” and 1 John 4:8 says “God IS love”. Our happy, loving creator knows what is best for us and has conveyed it through his word (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). He wants us to draw close to him (James 4:8). To gain real happiness, real purpose, we need to learn what God’s will is (Psalm 1:1-3, John 17:3, 1 Timothy 2:3-5). Developing strong faith in God and his will is vital (Hebrews 3:12, Hebrews 11:1) and it is gained by taking in accurate knowledge (Romans 10:17). Love for the true God is also vital (Matthew 22:37). Love motivates us to do what is pleasing to God (1 John 5:3). We can achieve real happiness now and a real hope for the future (Psalm 37:10, 11, 29) by learning about our wonderful Creator. To learn more visit JW.ORG. Under “About Us” you can watch a short heart warming video that answers “Why study the Bible?” It is free.
Godly Wisdom and Obedience. Jesus in quoting the Word of God, said: “It is written, ‘Man must live, not on bread alone, but on every utterance coming forth through Jehovah’s mouth.’” (Matthew 4:4) On another occasion, Jesus stated: “My food is for me to do the will of him that sent me and to finish his work.” (John 4:34) We do not have to spend many decades in a trial-and-error search for happiness. Experience is not the key to happiness. Rather, only godly wisdom and obedience to our Creator can lead to true joy in life.—Psalm 19:7, 8; Ecclesiastes 12:13.
A BUDDHIST religious leader, the Dalai Lama, said: “I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness.” He then explained that he believed that happiness can be achieved by training, or disciplining, the mind and the heart. “A mind,” he said, “is all the basic equipment we need to achieve complete happiness.” Belief in God is unnecessary, he maintains.* (However belief in God is unnecessary for Buddhist). But Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount gave the answer in (Matthew 5:1-12). I encourage you to read this article which was quite helpful to me. http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2001161?q=happiness&p=par
Jesus identified the key to happiness when he said: “Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need.” (Matthew 5:3) True happiness can be found only if we take steps to fill our greatest need—our hunger for spiritual truth about God and his purpose for us. That truth is found in the Bible. Knowing that truth can help us to discern what is really important and what is not. Allowing Bible truth to guide our decisions and actions leads to a more meaningful life.—Luke 11:28. For more info visit www.jw.org