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How do you know if you're truly happy?

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Last Updated: 12/11/2020 at 2:57pm
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January 4th, 2018 7:40pm
When you appreciate what you got and look forward to everything then I think it shows you are happy.
January 7th, 2018 12:02am
When you don't have to ask yourself constatly if you're truly happy or not, i.e., when being truly happy becomes a constant state of mind and you embrance it with normality
January 12th, 2018 1:28pm
You are truly happy when you love,care and respect yourself,when you are satisfied with what you have and don't have too many expectations.When you feel a positive aura around yourself and don't depend on others for motivation.
January 18th, 2018 2:43pm
There is no such thing as "truly happy". A "perfect" life or situation doesn't exist. There is always room for improvement. But this doesn't mean you can't be content with your situation. Try to make the best of your situation and accept things you can't change or push through them until you can be in a better situation. But know when to stop and just be content.
January 25th, 2018 2:22am
True happiness is not short term excitement or joy, it is the content feeling that you are where you need to be in your journey of life. True happiness is when your ability, your gift, your strength, your passion drives what you do. In other words there is consistency between your being and your doing.
February 4th, 2018 4:18am
You know you're happy when the insecurities and anxieties you have always faced are a simple challenge and no longer an obstacle. You know you're happy when you are at peace with who you are; When you can express gratitude, when you can meditate on what you have. You know you're happy when the present day is your favorite day.
February 9th, 2018 12:24pm
When i have a peace of mind, stress less day, good relationship with family and friends. Great day at work
February 17th, 2018 8:31am
You know because you feel happy and your not stressed and you feel comfortable to talk to somone that you trust.
February 24th, 2018 6:59am
Happiness can mean so many different things to different people. In my case, I think true happiness comes from contentment and a strong sense of purpose. This all sounds really abstract, doesn't it. But one can feel contentment from gratitude -- being grateful for what we have, realizing that we are so incredibly lucky to have what we have and sometimes even thinking wow that was more than I even asked for, more than I realized I deserve - I am content. A sense of purpose is a deep connection with WHY we do the things we do each day. It is, for me, realizing that I want to be able to spend each day in a micro-step towards that purpose. And with each step, reconnecting with the WHY gives me a sense of contentment too. Happiness isn't always being surrounded by love, the best family, best friends, always laughing, always smiles, always positive... but I think happiness is a sense of safety in the face of challenges. And happiness isn't a lasting "peak" state -- it can come and go, and that's what our emotions are - our emotions have ranges for good reason! But in true happiness, we have come to terms with the ups and downs and even when we don't know if we can overcome the downs and sustain the ups, we still feel grateful, content and connected to our Why.
February 25th, 2018 11:12am
When you finally let go of all your issues and just embrace who you are as a person and love the people who support you and accept you for you. And you can also ignore all the negativity in you. To me, to know how I am truly happy, is when I look back at my past pains and tell them, "You taught me to be a better person and now I can look at you smiling and waving goodbye". Being truly happy means you do not have to overthink about anything, you enjoy the moment you have and be the best you can be. You can smile and laugh with no worries and even look at your enemies and say "Hey, look at me! I feel free". I think being truly happy feels as if you are floating on the air. Yes, it takes time, but we will somehow get there one way or another. As long as you learn how to better yourself as a person and at the same time accept who you are, you are leading to the path of happiness. I give out my best wishes to everybody who is seeking to be truly happy!
March 2nd, 2018 4:52am
I think it's one of those things that you can't tell when you're feeling it. When you are truly happy you aren't thinking about how you feel or how you felt, you are living in the moment.
April 4th, 2018 3:13pm
Observe yourself. If you find yourself at peace, content; if you find yourself enjoying the present moment and looking forward to the future, then you're truly happy.
April 11th, 2018 3:55pm
When you don't worry about anything, you feel it in your stomach, you laugh a lot at things you normally wouldn't laugh at, your eyes sparkle, your voice might get at a higher pitch, you must smile a lot etc. These are some signs many people feel when they're happy. Not all people feel everything, of course. These were my experiences
May 13th, 2018 10:03am
There are many ways to find this out. Do you enjoy life? Do you enjoy hanging out with the people around you? Do you have a hobby or interest that helps you? Do you wake up every morning, excited for the day or just generally wanting to be here? These are a couple questions to ask yourself
May 26th, 2018 4:11pm
I think to me it's when you're finally at peace with yourself and are content with what you have. You work for more of course, and always aim higher but you accept your pain, scars and flaws, know what your strengths are and accept yourself unconditionally.
May 31st, 2018 12:33am
You know your happy when you don’t feel alone and you know that you can do whatever you set your mind to.
June 6th, 2018 2:36am
You're truly happy when you find yourself thanking for everything that you have. You count your blessings. You accept yourself fully, your good parts and also your bad parts. You forgive yourself from mistakes no matter how big or small, and you learn from those mistakes. And you wake up feeling the tiredness in your eyes instead of a racing heart beat that eats you off each morning.
June 6th, 2018 3:00pm
I once was told "never put the key to your happiness in somebody else's pocket". Be in competition with no one. Have no desire to play the game of being better than anyone, but the person YOU were yesterday.
June 21st, 2018 12:26am
Are you satisfied with your current location? If you wish nothing would change, you are truly happy.
June 24th, 2018 9:04pm
Happiness is something intrinsic. Life has its ups and downs, but happy tend to be able to be happy no matter their circumstance. That isn't saying you might not feel blue due to a job loss or breakup, but happy people usually are internally happy and can bounce back. It is the long journey not the ride mentality. Also, truly happy people tend to have gratitude no matter what their life circumstances are.
June 27th, 2018 6:04am
Happiness is subjective. For me it can be waking up with a peaceful mind fir someone it can be earning lot of money or following passion. One should always do things that make them feel happy.. that's what gives you true happiness for the longer run
June 27th, 2018 10:38am
if you have love, peace and have friend and family to talk to. getting help and helping others and give to others
July 12th, 2018 6:59am
You know you're truly happy when little things no longer upset you and when you simply can't stop smiling at life!
July 13th, 2018 4:21pm
I think when you are truly happy, you aren't worrying about whether you're happy or not. You are living your life!
July 22nd, 2018 5:05pm
Happiness can be someone hard to catch. Joy is important though, even in bad times you can feel like everything is going to be alright in the end. Happiness is not always the emotion that you want to feel 100 percent of the time. In our society we discourage being sad and exalt being happy. We need every emotion in our belt to be able to function.
July 26th, 2018 4:59am
There will be a time when you feel content with what you have and who you are. Happiness is not perfection and when we seek that, we will never be happy, but if we seek contentment, that is much more attainable and fulfilling.
August 2nd, 2018 4:57am
When you can share from abundance instead of giving by taking away from yourself. That's one sign that you are content and contentment is the father of happiness. Contentment means that you aren't missing but that doesn't mean there isn't more to have or more to accomplish it just means you aren't missing, that you aren't lacking. When you can see that there's more out there for you and still not feel you are lacking then you know you are happy.
August 3rd, 2018 12:22am
Rather than seeking happiness, I believe its more important and realistically achievable to feel content. As when assessing if you're "truly happy" you may first look at how you feel in the moment, "am I happy right now?" YES/NO - but then after you've cleared that stage you may immediately think about upcoming things that may mediate this happiness, and as not everything we have to do makes us happy - and so we suddenly lessen our current happiness. However, "content" simply refers to how you feel in the moment - "I am content in this moment?" YES/NO. Okay great.
August 8th, 2018 10:30am
I heard that you can know that you're truly happy when you look at the sky often. If you're depressed, you're not likely to look at the sky but ground, right? Try looking at the sky at least once a day. It will change your day!
August 9th, 2018 2:23am
You wake up with Gratitude every morning, You practice self care and love the life you live. You enjoy the presence of life each day.