Do You Consider Yourself A Happy Person?

Everyone is happy some of the time, and unhappy other times. On the whole, though, do you consider yourself to be a happy person?

How can you tell? It is tempting to simply count the number of times you are happy. If you are happy more often than not, you are a happy person.

But that can miss an important nuance: you may consider yourself to be a happy person, even if you are unhappy more than fifty percent of the time. Similarly, you might consider yourself to be an unhappy person, even if the happy times make up a majority.

And, of course, how you see yourself is not how others see you. You might consider yourself to be happy, but someone else might see you as unhappy, or vice versa. How important is how others see you, versus how you see yourself?

In addition, it’s not obvious that happiness should be the goal. There are many traits you might strive to have: to be kind, generous, thoughtful, helpful, and so on. Happiness may very well be an unintended (or intended) consequence of some of these.

Goal or not, you probably have a sense of your own happiness. Do you consider yourself a happy person? If you think about your day-to-day (or even hour-to-hour) life, is the answer still the same? And if you are an unhappy person, how might you bring a little more happiness into your life?

Related questions: Is happiness the most important purpose in life? Why don’t you know what makes you happy? What makes you the happiest? Why do we put up with unhappiness?

1 thought on “Do You Consider Yourself A Happy Person?”

  1. The honest answer is that I don’t know.

    My life certainly possesses the ingredients for happiness. My marriage is fantastic. The rest of my home life brings me comfort. I have a few deep friendships. My job is important, and my life’s vocation- to end homelessness and ensure people are affordably housed in safe, quality, and stable housing- drives me. I find additional purpose in heirloom gardening and encouraging others to do so as well. I am also motivated to fight the discrimination people with mental illnesses face, and by sharing my struggles with Anxiety and Depression, I seek to normalize conversations about brain disorders. Lastly, I love cheerleading people on to accomplish things that will make them feel successful and happy.

    That noted, my set point, developed at a very early age, is to be anxious, and while less than unhappy, it doesn’t reach the level of full happiness. The chief component in this is that Anxiety (yes, I mean to capitalize the letter “A”) is a frequent presence in my life. Saying it’s a constant may be too much, but I deal with it daily.

    To say it succinctly, I find joy and purpose in most of my experiences and endeavors, but my brain keeps me from reaching full happiness.

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