Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spin-off of "On being happy(ier)"

1. What’s the relationship between money and happiness?
I think that money makes it easier to be happy. Not that having money means you automatically are happy, but that the having eliminates a stress, which is (at least for me) a total happiness buster.

2. What’s a simple activity that consistently makes you happier?
Baking. Something about puttering around the kitchen, up to my elbows in flour, creates this silence in my head that lifts my spirits everytime. It's fail safe, even when the product turns out badly.

3. Is it selfish to work on being happier?
No, I think that when one is happy, it makes the world more pleasant for others.

4. Is there a quotation, a book, or a scene from a movie that you’ve found particularly compelling?
Not that this is particularly compelling, but it seems to fit the subject and it's from one of my favorite books from my absolutely favorite author:
What I've found does the most good is just to get into a taxi and go to Tiffany's. It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits... ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

5. If you’re feeling blue, how do you give yourself a happiness boost?
I call my sister. She's absolutely ridiculous and, since she is in her early twenties, is in a very self-involved period, which results in hilarious conversations.
Failing that, I'll wander over to Barnes and Noble, grab an iced coffee and peruse the shelves for hours.

6. Have you noticed people with habits that regularly detract from their happiness? Or boost their happiness?
I know a couple people who make it a habit of going to the gym everyday for the express purpose of boosting their happiness.
I think the key difference between those who have habits which boost their happiness verses those with habit that detract is awareness. People whose habits detract are unaware that those little things are chipping away at their happiness. Those who have built habits to boost their happiness have done so with intention.


myblackfriendsays said...

Hey, you should comment on my post entitled Old times there are not forgotten I wasn't referring to you, (I just found this blog today,) but I'd really love to get your feedback as a Southerner. As far as money and happiness goes, I am reminded of a quote by Stephen Colbert:

"Money doesn't buy happiness, it just lets me buy the things that will make me happy" (:

Circe said...

I don't understand this gym happiness thing. I never feel happy post-gym. I feel like I don't want to go back.