How do you measure happiness?
Is it with material things? Family? Your kids? Your significant other? Your job?
Everyone is different…and sadly, some people never find happiness at all.
People took to AskReddit to share what makes them genuinely happy in life.
Let’s see what they had to say.
1. Help each other out.
“Being able to help others.
I don’t have any special skill and I’m not good at anything at all.
I haven’t found my place but helping those that I love brings some sort of comfort.”
2. Good times!
“Games night at a friend’s house.
Me and my fiancee go to their house, hang out with their young kid, then we just play board/card games, it’s just nice having daft fun, laughing, catching up about the week and what not,
I’m always really happy while I’m there.”
“I was pretty much broke most of my life and only in my 40’s did I “make it”
Prior to that I could never entertain at home despite me loving entertaining and having friends and family over. Either I was too broke or lived in such a small house that having guests over was impossible.
I would always get invited to family and friends and always feel ashamed that I could never reciprocate.
Now I live in a big place with a huge garden and bbq area and I absolutely live for having people over and feeding them.
Nothing pleases me more than seeing people I love with a full stomach and a drink in hand sitting on my deck saying “fuck no I can’t even have another bite” Bonus points if they have to loosen their belts.
We’ve just gone into spring which means bbq season is around and corner which means pool parties and any excuse for a bbq and having people over.
I can’t wait.”
4. Don’t try this at home.
“Unconditional love from my dog.
Want an example?
Put your spouse and your dog in the trunk of a car for a day.
Who’s gonna be happier to see you when you open it?”
5. Living the good life.
“Drinking coffee on the porch with my husband.
Sitting beside a river listening to it in motion.
The birds at the ocean that sound like they are laughing.”
It’s the only thing that has given me true happiness over my entire life (while it lasts) and I believe that everyone deserves to try it out at least once.”
7. True love.
She has this really cute smile and the most beautiful eyes, every morning I wake up next to her and I feel the luckiest man in the world.
I want to wake up next to her every single day of my life.”
8. Wild kingdom.
Almost nothing gives me more joy than enjoying the many creatures of this Earth.”
9. Pure joy.
“I love my dog, and I love the way we understand each other in a really unique way.
We have a way of communicating that we call “Doglish,” where we’ll tell her something complicated, and she just gets it. Right now it’s “I don’t want you to leave this couch, but I do need you to rearrange so I can sit next to you,” and she just gets up and rearranges without jumping off the couch.
It’s pretty cool and humbling to be chosen and loved by another being, especially one outside your species. When we understand each other with a glance or a gesture, it’s pure joy.”
10. Be kind.
For no other reason then to be kind.
To be kind to those who are lovely is easy but being able to keep composure and be kind to cunts fills me with joy.”
11. On the water.
“Being out on my boat.
A flat calm evening, not a ripple in the sea, beautiful sunset catching fish. Nothing compares for me.
Pure bliss some of the views I get to see.”
“My newborn son.
I have never felt such wild ranges of emotions- love, joy, fear, concern, elation- before in my life.
He is utter perfection.”
13. Quality time.
“Just turned my mom onto Bob’s Burgers and we watch it together regularly.
She said it’s her favorite show now.
She loves blankets so I got her a big Bob’s Burgers blanket and I’m going to give it to her for her birthday next month.”
Now we want to hear from you.
What makes you happy.
Talk to us in the comments!