HAPPINESS – What Makes People Happy?

I Googled Happiness and I found websites that want to sell books and programs on how to get happiness, one program wanted $500 to teach you how to be happy.  I don’t think that would make me very happy to pay $500.  So I thought I would take a survey and ask people What Makes You Happy.  I live in Las Vegas, NV, what a great place to ask to a cross section of tourist from all over the world.

My idea was to do like they do on the popular show Family Feud with Steve Harvey and ask 100 men and 100 women the question of what makes you happy.  I set out to do this survey just for fun.


I started out on the strip in Las Vegas. The first 10 people I asked acted like it was none of my business or were trying to give a serious answer.

Remember I’m doing this survey just for fun, it wasn’t fun so I thought I would go to the bar and have a drink.

At the Bar having a beer the thought came to me I’m asking wrong.  I can’t just ask what makes you happy.  I have to make the question fun.

Two girls are setting next to me at bar, I said excuse me, I’m taking a survey that’s just for fun, kind of like they do on the Steve Harvey Show Family Feud.  They ask 100 men or women a question and then they tallied up the answers for the contestants to guess the answers.  The question is JUST FOR FUN WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

They giggled and both said at the same time GETTING LAID! We all laughed.   I’m sure if I asked when they were back in their home state of Iowa and they weren’t at a bar the answer would properly be different, but this time it was fun.



Women  43    Men  32

LOVE was the answer for 43 of the women and 32 for the men.  If the answer was some form of love or something they love doing, I put it under LOVE.  One couple I asked, the wife answered first and said being with my husband makes me happy, he said “really” and gave her a big hug.  It looked like he had tears in his eyes.  I asked my wife the question and she said being with me makes her happy.  It gave me a warm and happy feeling.  Try asking your significant other and see what happens.


Women   16    Men 18

SEX was the answer for 16 women and that included the two girls at the Bar. The answer was 18 for the men.

Money Image of two happy emotional women standing isolated over pink background holding money.

Women   41    Men   50

Money was the answer for 41 women and 50 men.  It was any answers related to money, like  winning jack pots makes me happy or having all my bills paid for the month and I still have money left in the bank.

On a serious note: Martin Seligman, a leading expert on positive psychology, differentiates between three states of happiness:  the pleasurable life (hedonistic, superficial), the good life (family and friends) and the meaningful life (finding purpose, transcending ego, working toward a higher good).

But just maybe the answers I got just for the fun of it may be more truthful then a serious answer. One thing I did learn, Happiness is a choice. CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY!

What makes me happy, I love making money online. Should that be under love or money?

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Happiness Survey

Doing this fun survey got me thinking. What does makes us happy?

I found that there is a  happy Institute. The Happiness Research Institute at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Their website is www.happinessreseachinstitute.com .

A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH to improving quality of life.

The Happiness Research Institute is an independent think tank exploring why some societies are happier than others. Their mission is to inform decision makers of the causes and effects of human happiness, make subjective well-being part of the public policy debate, and improve quality of life for citizens across the world.


Here is the way the psychologist and philosopher William James put it.

Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.

Thus the sovereign voluntary path to cheerfulness, if our cheerfulness be lost, is to sit up cheerfully and act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there….”

Everybody in the world is seeking happiness and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn’t depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.

Thank You For Reading.


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