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Common Myths about Happiness

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  • Great article and those are the things i practice these days and I feel wonderful. I just decided to be happy and I am. - 2/2/2016 11:30:38 AM
  • I stumbled upon this article in what just might be the nick of time. I really needed these words today. I'm going to really try to put a positive spin on things, and write down the small joys each day. Thank you for this! - 1/16/2016 7:19:36 PM
  • I am grateful for this article. I am one of those people who has a hard time staying in the present moment. I feel that too often I am either dreading what's coming in the future or looking back at the past and regretting choices I made or paths I took. I do keep bringing myself back to the present with the Serenity Prayer, but a mental shift from a negative outlook to a positive one takes daily practice. For me, it's just as important to write in my Gratitude Journal as it is to get in my daily walk! Thanks again! - 1/16/2016 10:37:52 AM
  • Wow--some of these comments are so salty! I answered "I could be happy if..." with "...um, I already am!" and realized just how powerful that is. Sure, sad things happen to people and sadness will come and go, but happiness is truly a here-and-now thing and we have a great deal of control over our own well-being. Sadness is not the opposite of happiness, depression is (not clinical, but situational). As a nurse and a converted humanist/atheist with Buddhist leanings, it surprises me to see how many people just can't be happy wherever they are. I find happiness in my family, in helping the homeless, in driving to work, in morning coffee. It's there. Pay attention to it! - 1/16/2016 8:26:35 AM
  • SAVVY28
    This is a great article. I never even thought about the stress my goals add to my life and thereby the happiness they're taking away. Not that goals are bad, but I tend to get so consumed by them that I'm abusively critical of myself every time I realize I haven't met my goals yet. :) Excellent post. - 4/19/2015 1:53:02 AM
  • I try to seek joy in the moments of each day, changing the introductory sentence to "I feel my (blank) WHEN:"

    Then I finish the phrase with things that make me feel positive emotions. For example:

    I feel my strongest when I finish a really tough workout.
    I feel most loved when I cuddle with my husband before bed.
    I feel most energized when I eat healthy food.
    I feel most at peace when I get to enjoy nature. - 8/27/2014 3:25:18 PM
  • It is good to be reminded of this often. Thanks. - 7/30/2014 5:54:29 AM
  • MUSTANG5513
    It's a myth that there is such a thing as happiness. - 7/29/2014 1:56:12 PM
  • I loved this article. My long time favorite quote - that comes to my rescue in challening time is "Most people are as happy as they decide to be." by Abe Lincoln. It says it all and reminds you that no matter what is happening around you - you can choose to e happy. - 6/1/2014 8:27:31 AM
  • I like this a lot!!! I find that focusing on what I'm doing right does help me as far as weight loss and fitness go. - 2/25/2014 10:58:10 AM
  • PAUL_NEVISON
    This article has its merits in that it preaches positive thinking, but for likes of me when everything always seems to be a negative its hard to try and be positive about anything in life, life is just like that. If everyone was able to think positive/be positive about their lives i guess we would all be happy and the world itself would be good, sadly this is not the case and if it was the world itself would be out of balance...
    Happiness is a thing that comes and goes, no one can really control it, those who have it can just so easily see it slip out of their lives in a split second, not because they had negative thoughts or such, but because of external events not of their making/choice.
    Thats not to say people should not try to be positive in order to find happiness. - 11/17/2013 7:04:35 AM
  • RAVENCLAW-ANGEL
    Wow this article is fantastic and insightfully helpful! To finish the Sentence "“I could be happy if…” I almost instantly thought "if I let myself!" which with some thought adjustment I turned into "“I can be happy if I continue to exercise my skills” and "I will continue to be happy as I learn to empower myself!' I agree with the article that your attitude can define your perspective. Basing happiness on what ifs is a bit far fetched but employing a positive attitude and goals to work toward a stronger lifestyle perhaps is closer. I am already working to change my attitude and outlook by changing the way I think with DBT practice! - 11/11/2013 10:28:27 AM
  • Fantastic, thankyou ! - 11/11/2013 8:24:35 AM
  • Loved this article, very helpful! - 6/24/2013 11:06:23 PM
  • My immediate answer to the filling in the blank was "if i let myself". This article reminded me that i should take my own advice. I'm always telling my fiance to look at the bright side, the blessings, and stop focusing on the perceived problems. I should listen to myself more often. - 6/1/2013 3:39:08 AM

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