ANSWERS: 11
  • External circumstances can give your hapiness a ding, but attitude and gratitude make very nice bedfellows indeed for happiness in one's life.
  • It's a mix of both. Mostly though, it's an attitude.
  • I think it is both together. +5
  • Any day above ground is a good day; I stay happy because no matter what happens in my life I never forget that one day I wont even be able to breath air.
  • Yes. In the main, happiness is a function of one's internal brain wiring. People can be happy while enduring circumstances that most of us would assume would lead to misery. http://www.amazon.com/What-Happy-People-Know-Happiness/dp/0312321597/ Furthermore, there are mental practices that can help one be more happy, regardless of ones circumstances. On the other hand, being in a social network full of happy people makes one happier. http://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20081204/happiness-is-contagious So, this is not an either/or question. Each part plays a role. . . .
  • It has everything to do with your own attitude. Period.
  • External circumstances can be a factor but your own attitude is the most important thing.
  • I think it's a combination of both. Your attitude must be positive to deal with your surroundings. And, nobody or nothing can make you happy. That comes from within.
  • It's an attitude with a little bit of influence from outside.
  • I think it works sort of like a treadmill. If you're happy, it enables you to do things in your life that make you happier and change your external circumstances for the better.
  • Happiness depends on satisfying spiritual needs. As Jesus said at —Matthew 5:3-10  “Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need, since the kingdom of the heavens belongs to them.  “Happy are those who mourn, since they will be comforted.  “Happy are the mild-tempered ones, since they will inherit the earth.  “Happy are those hungering and thirsting for righteousness, since they will be filled.  “Happy are the merciful, since they will be shown mercy.  “Happy are the pure in heart, since they will see God.  “Happy are the peaceable, since they will be called ‘sons of God.’  “Happy are those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake, since the kingdom of the heavens belongs to them. And as the Psalmist said: “Happy is everyone fearing Jehovah, who is walking in his ways.”—Psalm 128:1.

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