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  • why wouldn't we be? We don't believe a bunch of fairy tales..
  • We get to sleep in on sundays! What's not to love about that! Also I need is a cookie, then I'm happy....well...and a cup of milk... Be sure to check out the new children's novel "If you give an atheist a cookie.."!!! :P
  • your kidding right??? im not atheist. but do you really believe that beliving is what makes a person happy??
  • Not expecting an eternity of bathing in milk and living alongside koalas and be reunited with our loved ones who died before us, which is actually damn creepy if you ask me, atheists learn to live and appreciate life for what it's worth while it lasts, instead of wasting away with delusions in the hopes that we'll live forever after death.
  • Because I take my own responsibility of being happy. Which is real. I don't suffer from the burden of religious guilt, I don't have the fear of not going to heaven, and I appreciate life to it's fullest.
  • By not worrying endlessly about what will happen to them after their life is over. Or fretting about how some omnipresent force for good allows so much evil to exist
  • Ignorance is bliss???
  • Because happiness is not dependent on one's religion
  • Atheists are the best! I wish I was one.
  • because they accept the fact that the questions, we can't answer, don't have to be answered for example what happens after death? and so on.. i personally think people confide in religion to answer the question they most fear. idk.. my OPINION.
  • of course they can be happy cus they aint scared of hell this truth it maybe crappy but its where christians will dwell
  • I'm a Christian but I can tell you that it doesn't take God to make you "happy". Happiness is fleeting, happiness depends on your circumstances and your situation. It's JOY that comes from the Lord. True JOY is something only the Lord can impart.
  • Peace, contentment, and acceptance. Show me a culture that doesn't see these as wise values. Happiness has never been dependent on religion, spirituality, or anything else except for mindset.
  • Probably the same ways and same reasons anyone can be happy.
  • Instead of worrying about whether we have accumulated enough Jesus points by the time we die, we just live.
  • the same way everyone else can be happy......money!!! lol
  • Because we don't need a book to make us happy. We are perfectly capable of living life without a crutch.
  • Who is brainwashed? Those who believe in "something" or those who take life how it is. Why is someone who sees ghost a crazyguy and someone who believes in god a normal one?
  • We choose to be happy with reality as opposed to obsessing with everyone else's lives.
  • I didn't know Christians had the market cornered on happiness.
  • Yes, especially since they get to keep all of their take-home pay and have more leisure time.
  • Happy to the point ... where they would not promote and go to war in order to massacre strangers as willingly as those whom do believe perhaps ... I ask ... who is happier? ;)
  • Who wouldn't be, on being cured of the only curable hereditary disease of 'faith-in-god', or 'the original sin'; and the ability to see through mankind's oldest con should make one ecstatic!
  • they can be happy kniowing nothing they do do will effect them in ne way after they are gone... people who believe in god fear judgement but for them there is nothing
  • I was an athiest because I was never going to pretend anything I did not understand for sure. I was very depressed at the thought that life really had little meaning. Thank goodness I discovered otherwise.
  • No judgment , no retribution, no hell...no punishment...no pious guilt. Living well for today in the present...
  • How can we not, we do not have to give our money to frauds and we do not have to follow idiotic cults.
  • How? By Christians leaving them the hell alone.
  • Well, some of the same things that work for some Christians work for us: - rent a hooker; - watch television and pretend; - read to escape reality; - mock other people's religion; - pretend; - make our kids behave and do well so that we can glory in their apparent success You know, the usual.
  • So we must assume that every religious household is completely surrounded everyday with nothing but happiness, right? You and I and everybody else know that that's not true.
  • EVERYBODY has the right to be happy. Everyone is entitled to their own thoughts and beliefs. I believe that every person on this earth has the utmost right to be happy with or without religion.
  • Because they are free of hypocrosy and false beliefs.
  • Churches having to pay capital gains tax
  • I am really sick of believers who seem to think they have an exclusive on living morally, being happy and being good responsible citizens. It's hogwash. Look at the lives of many prominent right wing Bible thumpers in public life and you see them having homosexual and heterosexual affairs, buying sexual favors, using drugs, evading taxes, advocating murder, molesting children, divorcing et cetera. Oh, I might add these are the so called leaders of the so called moral majority. It's a lie. For myself I would rather act responsibly, live and love well, respect others, care for my family the community and the world and find my happiness in these things than in some myth of an eternal reward. Oh and while I am at it...this idea of a heaven that only lets true believers in is hogwash as well. The Evangelicals, the Baptists, the Catholics, the...well there are too many to mention them all and so on all seem to think theirs is the one true way. How can that be?
  • Why would they not be happy?
  • According to the believers. I am happy because I really don't know any better. I am sad because I deserve it. It is a vicious circle I can not break.
  • are you saying i can't be happy? i don't need an invisible omniscient being guiding me to be happy. i make my own life based on moral & logical decisions, not on what God would think if i did such&such. i'm very happy as a person & as an athiest.
  • They are happy in knowing they are marching toward death and nothing else.
  • I am happy because I don't need anything external to give me hope. I understand that my behavior is a reflection of ME not someone else. So the fact that I try and be a good person isn't based on a faith, it is within me. Do I give up heaven? Well, you inherit hell.
  • Well I mean not believing in hell or any other wacky afterlife kinda solves most of the problem and then all the good fun I can have without the guilt of sin pretty much makes for a lot of happiness. I guess sleeping in on sabbath days is the cherry on top.
  • M-city why are you so bitter, is that what your God teaches you?
  • I am not to sure but I think they can function just fine with out any body giving them a hard time, because there a lot of shit going on in this world right now with the believers, and they are doing what the big guy should take care of,wreaking havoc on this world,that is why we see things different, people keep on dieing where is the big guy,when you see baby's and mothers and fathers getting slaughtered every second.
  • because we dont need religion or god to make us happy. and it certainly doesnt help when people are giving you criticism about it.
  • Becoz they have all those believers worrying themselves sick about atheists' happiness! * It's like every atheist having 10 servants to carry the 'burden-of-faith' on their behalf!
  • Because life is amazing, with or without God in your life.
  • What a strange question. Do you think you need to cling to a fantasy to be happy? In my case I have a wonderful family: a truly darling little girl who makes me laugh a lot, a teenage boy who's talented and considerate (most of the time).
  • We don't live our lives in fear of a giant, invisible spirit in the sky who might send us to hell. We're free to enjoy every day. How can god-fearing bible-thumpers be happy?  
  • WHy should they not be? They do not see a god breathing down their neck all the time. They can do whatever they like, and unless they get caught there will never be a reckoning. Death holds no fears except as the end of life. Why not be happy?
  • Their happiness doesn't have to be derived from religion or spirituality it could be based on living a good full life. Why assume they would not be ?
  • Many Atheists are free and have a sense of ethics that are real. How can religious people be happy? They live according to unnecessary rules and belief in fantasies, while rejecting ethics and common sense in exchange for scriptures.
  • Insulting Christians seems to do it for them.
  • the taxman will not crucify them
  • Puppys
  • What do you mean?
  • Believing in their fairytales seems to make them happy.
  • the same ways non-atheists can...
  • this is another one of those questions that help to bring out the worst in everyone no matter what beliefs they have only someone that enjoys reading hateful words and sarcasm would come up with these types of questions,, is this how you find happiness? making fun of groups or religious sectors? anyone can be 'happy' and because someone is different does not give us a right to judge them
  • Maybe because I can do whatever I want and not feel guilty. And I can be doubly happy of my morality and kindness, because it stems from myself, not outside influences. Also I feel more control over my life, goals and values. Besides being an atheist doesn't mean someone doesn't have faith in anything, hope or love. Just that it doesn't have anything to do with any religious group.
  • I am happy because I want to be happy. I take control of my life and lead myself where I want to go. I fail to see how atheists should be less happy than believers.
  • I know I am.. therefore your supposition is incorrect. QED. ~
  • by having a positive outlook. the world holds what it is you see.
  • 1 life to live and enjoy without guilt on 1 planet, 2 meals a day, 3 periods of growth (child-adult-golden-old-age), 4 seasons in every year, 5 or more friends, 6 or more shags a week, 7 continents across 7 seas to travel to & marvel, ...and a Partridge in a pear tree!
  • By making fun of believers.
  • We find "Theist" a never ending source of amusement.
  • By ridiculing the ridiculous!
  • coming out of the darkness of 10 billion years, you open your eyes to a new world, gradually gaining awareness about it, and seeing the splendor of the science that brought you here. You search and study to find out why you exist against all probability, how you have come to be rarely under all these stars on this planet. You find infinite wonders in the workings of nature, light, sound, space. You wonder if there is life on other planets. You give yourself in to human priorities and dreams. After short decades, you close your eyes again forever. All mechanical processes in your body stop. The millions of cells made of trillions of atoms which used to be your body, your brain, the very mechanical inner workings of your mind stop. That which we call you is gone forever. You are all and only that which is inside your human mind gained from what you find on this earth in your short life. There is no plan, no forces beyond nature, no fear of hell, no false hope of heaven. dedicating your life to the continued evolution of species as we have for the last million years on earth. We are the only species on our planet, maybe in the universe, that has gained self-awareness. This means we realize we are alive. What wonder! what splendor! What existential fear! Right to our core we realize: we will die. We will cease to exist. This scares us all. This makes humans mad with fear inside when it is truly considered. But no animals feel this fear. For billions of years cell have died before us and animals and plants, all leading up to us now. But because of our fear and our previous lack of knowledge about how we came to exist, we created a creator to make sense of our lives. Pagan Gods, men who brought the sun up every day, women who we sacrificed crops to in order for gird fertility of the land. These Gods changed as we did, until eventually we started getting to the point where some of us realized this was all in the name of fear, with no real rational explanation. There and then they started to try and find the true creations of the universe, and scared all those still attached to the Gods into a frenzy of hate. Anyone who tried to further humanity with knowledge was a demon who was there to shake the faith. This is the most backwards thing in all of civilization, and because of their fear they still cling, while slowly us who have realized the truth still try to push it forward in the background, painstakingly, masking it from the creationists so that it does not offend them, so that we can continue in hopes of finding the true origins, the true light at the end of the tunnel. Let go of your fear of nothingness and embrace the true stunning beauty of a short life worth living to change this world and humanity with ideas.
  • They can be happy to know that their destiny is in their own hands and just a little of fate. No judgement by holy men or any god. People have no evidential perception of a god other than through superstition and wishful thinking.
  • No fear of burning in the proverbial hell because it doesn't exist.
  • watch the comedy channel!!!
  • Here are some ways: a) Have kids , then help and watch them grow and learn. a1) Have grandkids ... ;-)) b) Do something worthwhile. c) find love. d) eat a hearty meal. e) sit and think, or just sit :) f) sports, career, art, charity, sodapop, ... there are lots of ways to be happy, even for atheists.
  • Let me answer that with another 3 questions: . How can christians be happy? . Why are christians happy? . What makes christians happy? . The same thing as "ATHEISTS", because we ARE the same SPECIES.
  • They don't know true happiness without the Lord in their lives.
  • You don't need religion to be happy. I know some pretty depressed Christians and Muslims.
  • How can we be happy? Easy. We drink to excess, root anything that moves (don't even worry about species, let alone gender), steal anything we don't already own, slaughter anyone who makes us a bit cross, drug ourselves with anything we can inject, break laws just for fun and dance naked over the graves of priests while soaked in goats blood... I mean, with no gods to do all the above on our behalf, we just gotta get down to it ourselves...
  • most of the same things that make theists happy make atheists happy as well. the only difference is, they don't believe in a god/gods.
  • I have a friend who is an atheist but he is always happy~Makes me wonder what he has to really look forward to in life?
  • You enjoy life as it comes, any moment could be your last so make the most of it :]. basically no time to be down.
  • The same way that anyone else can be happy, minus the imaginary friends.
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  • Absense of imposed guilt
  • the same ways anybody can; why are they any different?
  • I am a spiritual/religious person. Atheists can be as happy as I am, believing what works for them. Are we becoming so rigid and closed minded that we believe, we are the only ones who are correct?! I am tired of people picking on the atherists. That is ridiculous! We are ALL human.
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