Happiness Is: The Informal, Unscientific, Quick, Fun Survey

Hello, everyone. I know I said I’d post about the scary dream I had while on vacation, and actually I’m glad I waited on that because the issue that sparked that dream has a partial resolution, now. But more on that later.

First, I was hoping you could help me out. I am doing a very simple quick survey that will eventually turn into a speech for Toastmasters (did I mention I was in Toastmasters? 10 years now).

All I need is for you to finish this sentence: “Happiness is ____________________.” The response can be of any length, and can be anything that comes to your mind. Here are some examples:

Happiness is waking up, looking at the clock, and realizing that you have two hours left to sleep.

Happiness is a frozen margarita with salt.

Happiness is finding money in an old coat pocket.

If you are wondering whether I stole this concept from Charles Schultz, well, yes I did. Happiness is a warm puppy, Mondays are the sand traps in the golf course of life, a hot dog just doesn’t taste right without a baseball game around it; the man was a genius.

And so am I. Um, I mean, if you wouldn’t mind responding with a comment below telling me YOUR personal version of what Happiness Is, I would be most humbly grateful.

5 thoughts on “Happiness Is: The Informal, Unscientific, Quick, Fun Survey

  1. Happpiness is having your son snuggled up to you and sleeping on your chest.
    Happiness is sitting and reading a book for pleasure for hours.
    Happiness is a piece of chocolate !

  2. Happiness is looking into the eyes of your child (or spouse) and seeing pure devotion and adoration reflected back.

    Happiness is being able to button your favorite jeans without a struggle (I am not happy)

    Happiness is listening to your children laugh heartily

    Happiness is looking at your dirty house and happy children and knowing you made the right use of your time

    Happiness is a choice, and sometimes not an easy one, that requires giving the gifts of forgiveness and acceptance to those around you — even if they don’t deserve them sometimes. This doesn’t mean that you have to be a doormat to be happy, but you must choose not to harbor resentment and anger.

  3. Happiness is being yourself.

    Happiness is washing your son’s blanket over and over and it still coming out of the dryer smelling just like him…cookies.

    Happiness is never having to wonder “What if…?”

    Happiness is a nap in the afternoon.

    Happiness is seeing your two sons and husband snuggled up in your bed watching a movie…and ALL of them are quiet.

  4. By the way, I would LOVE Toastmasters because I love to speak in public. How do you do it? I mean, I hardly have any time and don’t know how I would make more to be there once or twice per week. I’m sure it’s nice ME time, though.

  5. Thanks for the responses so far; this is so interesting!!

    Re Toastmasters, don’t be too impressed, because a) my club is at work, and meetings are at lunchtime, and b) we only meet twice a month (that’s pretty standard around here). Also, I’ve been in the club since it began over 10 years ago, and I was much more involved before you-know-what-great-life-change occurred. I served on the executive board several times, but I have no title now (except unofficial speech contest guru), and I no longer go to “extracurricular” events that happen in the evening like I used to.

    Having said that, I’ve tried to stay involved as much as possible because I do get a lot out of it, and I’ve seen so many people improve their speaking skills exponentially. If there’s a club nearby (and there probably is) you can always check it out and see if it is something you could make time for (I know, I know 😉

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