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Old 09-25-2010, 10:11 AM   #1
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Applying your God-given talents in pursuit of your passion in an environment you enjoy.

Having something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to (FIRE, oh yeah!)

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Some 'happiness' quotes...
  • Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen and six, result happiness; Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.
  • Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come ninety percent of all your happiness or misery.
  • In almost every culture where happiness has been studied, it comes down to four things: employment, family, health and money. Richard Easterlin
  • Money won't buy you happiness, but it makes being miserable a whole lot easier.
  • We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. Frederick Koenig
  • All the happiness there is in this world comes from thinking about others, and all the suffering comes from preoccupation with yourself. Shantideva
  • Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves. Helen Keller
  • If you want true peace, happiness and joy, you need to realize that happiness and satisfaction come from within you and stop searching so fanatically outside. You can never find real happiness out there. Whoever has? Ven. Robina Courtin
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Old 09-25-2010, 10:38 AM   #3
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^ I like those, thanks for sharing!
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To me, the foundation of happiness is financial independence. There is no peace of mind without it. If you are dependent on the whims of the labor market (not the theoretical one in economics books but the real one as real people conduct it), you will eventually have your soul sucked out through your nostrils.
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  • All the happiness there is in this world comes from thinking about others, and all the suffering comes from preoccupation with yourself. Shantideva

  • Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves. Helen Keller
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:20 AM   #7
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For me it will be no longer having to work in a job I dislike. I guess that really is the end of misery more than it is hapiness.
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I'd have to say that for me, it is ice cream.

And being rid of my slave masters / baby sitters.
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Genetics. A recent article in The Economist reported a strong correlation to one's genetic make up. So maybe there is a 'happy gene'. Why not, there certainly seems to be a correlation in family depression.
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To me, the foundation of happiness is financial independence. There is no peace of mind without it. If you are dependent on the whims of the labor market (not the theoretical one in economics books but the real one as real people conduct it), you will eventually have your soul sucked out through your nostrils.
I would respectfully disagree. Some of the happiest people you will ever find have virtually no means at all (though you will have to look outside the USA to see it)...financial independence is a recent phenomena in history, happiness predates FI by centuries.

OTOH there are plenty of people who are financially independent many times over, yet they are absolutely miserable. You can read about them in any gossip rag.
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  • All the happiness there is in this world comes from thinking about others, and all the suffering comes from preoccupation with yourself. Shantideva
And then, of course, there are those who find happiness in thinking about the suffering of others. Sadly, many of them seem to be related to me.
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I think one secret of happiness is to try to purge envy from your attitude set.

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I think one secret of happiness is to try to purge envy from your attitude set.

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I don't envy anyone, I'm very happy with everything at this stage of life. Everyone seems to want something they don't have. But what's the old saying "don't wish for something, you may get it"
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I would respectfully disagree. Some of the happiest people you will ever find have virtually no means at all (though you will have to look outside the USA to see it)...financial independence is a recent phenomena in history, happiness predates FI by centuries.

OTOH there are plenty of people who are financially independent many times over, yet they are absolutely miserable. You can read about them in any gossip rag.
I couldn't agree with you more. Having lived in the developing world for a bit, I can tell you that most of them are quite happy. I think a lot of unhappiness comes from expectations and lack of contentment. Since many people in other countries have much less to aspire to in terms of material comforts (think Europe as well), they tend to be more contented. Americans are on a perpetual quest to improve their financial health and general "well-being". I wouldn't be surprised if a large percentage of us are unhappy.
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Genetics. A recent article in The Economist reported a strong correlation to one's genetic make up. So maybe there is a 'happy gene'. Why not, there certainly seems to be a correlation in family depression.

I agree that genetics is around 60% of everything an individual is. Some psychologists at a University or research center put together a study of what percentage of characteristics are inherited vs. nurture/environment--which I don't have access to anymore and wish I did--but the breakdown came very generally speaking to a 60-40% split with genetics being the 60%. Thanks for bringing that up, Yakers!
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