Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Slice of Happiness Pie


What is "happiness"? With the help of my Facebook friends, I think I've found the answer:  happiness is a whole lot of different things which vary from person to person (vague answer, right? Happiness simply cannot be pegged down to one "key".)

I asked the question "What is happiness?", in my status update.  Nearly 40 friends responded, some listing multiple keys to their own personal happiness.  The following pie chart is a breakdown of their responses - enjoy a slice!


The majority of my Facebook friends are parents, so children were the frontrunner in creating happiness. Mentions of love, including spouses and significant others, were pretty much equal to responses involving family in general.  From this, I concluded that children make women a lot happier than men do (haha!) I also learned that people really enjoy a good meal, and when all else fails, most seek comfort in knowing their Lord and Savior. The responses I appreciated most were those that mentioned "the little things" or "the simple things" - like being grateful for what you have, enjoying simple moments, and one of my favorites, maintaining a balance in life.

So what makes me happy?  LOTS of things.  Enjoying a rich cup of hot chocolate,  the smell of a nice home fragrance, my mom's clean laundry, meeting a goal, setting new goals, making someone else smile on a day when I can barely smile at all, conquering a fear, feeling healthy and energetic, my kitty's purring, holiday decorations and Jingle Bell Rock, simple things and complicated things, big buildings, taking photos, sharing a pizza with my husband, reading quotes on Dove chocolate wrappers, my husband's success and happiness, the unknown, victories, lessons learned, using the neti pot when my head is congested, a slice of cheesecake, good music, the movie "Definitely Maybe", pretty socks, seeing my family members succeed at anything and everything, learning, adventure, challenges, the past, the present, and the future.  My Happiness

If that isn't enough happiness for you, then here's the happiness my Facebook friends shared with me this week:



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10 comments:

Susie Kline said...

This is an awesome post! Asking your facebook friends was genius! I"m so glad you're part of the Blog Gang!

xo Susie

Melissa Mashburn said...

Awesome post! I really liked all the visuals you used in the post as well.

Carolyn (temysmom) said...

How cool! Not only is the content awesome, but your post is visually amazing as well. Well done!

Rebekah said...

What a great post!

Wicked Shawn said...

Fun, clever and inventive. I love it!

Cecilia Martin said...

Loved it! Now I understand why you tweeted before that your Facebook friends were helping you define Happiness. Great post!

tom johnson said...

Very well done. You put some work into this one! Im finding out happiness means about the same thing to everyone. What fascinates me is how everyone explains it!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

Love this!

Kernut the Blond said...

I love your "Happiness Quotes" poster! Very Nice!

Jamie Van Becelaere said...

Beautiful post! Luvin' everything about it!