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(io9)   Scientists studying unhappiness start with 'career disappointment' first, move on to 'rejection' and end up with 'how your mom feels about you still living in her basement'   (io9.com) divider line 28
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2014-08-14 01:57:57 PM  
www.go21q.org
 
2014-08-14 05:26:02 PM  
happiness? happenis
 
2014-08-14 05:30:06 PM  
How far will they have to go for "ron paul sitting in his empty campaign headquarters"? Because at this point, that needs to be the metric..
 
2014-08-14 05:30:08 PM  
Wine helps.
 
2014-08-14 05:30:56 PM  
I think it takes a great deal of energy and effort to be unhappy.  You have to keep inventing things.

Not terribly happy, myself, but not at all unhappy.  Not at all.
 
2014-08-14 05:31:35 PM  
It starts with believing that you need all the crap that you see in the media to be happy.

Then you take a job that pays better than crap.. and you are miserable while you are there ..so you can pay the bills that you rack up because you keep buying crap to keep up with your crap buying friends.

Then you get sick because your immune system is shot because you are so stressed out ..and then you are more screwed and need more crap and meds and crap and you have to work harder.

Then you FARKING DIE.
 
2014-08-14 05:31:44 PM  
The key to happiness is to embrace your inner child. I am serious. It's ok to be a responsible adult, but you must PLAY. Make time for playtime.

If your cubicle job sucks, find a way to have fun, start trouble once in a while. get into a fight with someone (without real violence)

Tell your boss his meeting was boring. Shut down the power in the building, pull the fire alarm if noth9ing else.

If that is not your style, play fantasy football with real people you know. Go bowling and scream "in your face" when you get a spare.

Play video games with your kids. Anything with guns, or Madden or FIFA.
 
2014-08-14 05:33:51 PM  
What I have never understood is what is so bad about unhappy. It seems to me unhappiness is only a problem if it makes one unhappy. If one's unhappiness makes other people unhappy who cares? That's their problem. Be unhappy is nothing to be ashamed or to be feared. I say enjoy your unhappiness! Live it up!! Don't let the fact that you are bugging other people bother you in the slightest. Look on the bright side: misery loves company and the more people you make unhappy the less people there will be unhappy because the more the merrier.
 
2014-08-14 05:34:37 PM  

Agnes Gonxha's Confidant: The key to happiness is to embrace your inner child. I am serious. It's ok to be a responsible adult, but you must PLAY. Make time for playtime.

If your cubicle job sucks, find a way to have fun, start trouble once in a while. get into a fight with someone (without real violence)

Tell your boss his meeting was boring. Shut down the power in the building, pull the fire alarm if noth9ing else.

If that is not your style, play fantasy football with real people you know. Go bowling and scream "in your face" when you get a spare.

Play video games with your kids. Anything with guns, or Madden or FIFA.


I have to admit .. I have been happier since I started playing Ingress. I walk SO MUCH now..and I get to pretend that everyone who is on the other faction is the great enemy of mankind.
 
2014-08-14 05:34:57 PM  

busy chillin': happiness? happenis



Happenis is a warm gun.
 
2014-08-14 05:40:36 PM  

MooseBayou: I think it takes a great deal of energy and effort to be unhappy.  You have to keep inventing things.

Not terribly happy, myself, but not at all unhappy.  Not at all.


Yet it's so easy for so many people.

Shadow Blasko: It starts with believing that you need all the crap that you see in the media to be happy.

Then you take a job that pays better than crap.. and you are miserable while you are there ..so you can pay the bills that you rack up because you keep buying crap to keep up with your crap buying friends.

Then you get sick because your immune system is shot because you are so stressed out ..and then you are more screwed and need more crap and meds and crap and you have to work harder.

Then you FARKING DIE.


Only if you're a superficial person.  I'd wager more people are unhappy due to a lack direction, feeling of pointlessness, and/or a feeling that no one cares about them.  Some people might try and compensate for those feelings with stuff, but I'd say the route of emptiness stems from one of those reasons rather than simply trying to keep up with the Joneses.  Although that can make them more unhappy of course.  When you feel like your life lacks meaning, you either accept it and are depressed all the time or you try and fill the void with distractions.
 
2014-08-14 05:40:46 PM  

worlddan: What I have never understood is what is so bad about unhappy. It seems to me unhappiness is only a problem if it makes one unhappy. If one's unhappiness makes other people unhappy who cares? That's their problem. Be unhappy is nothing to be ashamed or to be feared. I say enjoy your unhappiness! Live it up!! Don't let the fact that you are bugging other people bother you in the slightest. Look on the bright side: misery loves company and the more people you make unhappy the less people there will be unhappy because the more the merrier.


img.fark.net
"Hey, I think you might be on to something, there!"
 
2014-08-14 05:42:22 PM  
Mix a bunch of peas in with it.  The added peaness will enhance the flavor.  Mmmm.  It really brings out the peaness.
 
2014-08-14 05:49:22 PM  
Where does faith or lack thereof fall in this?


/I might or might not be a troll, but feel free to look up some of the studies done
 
2014-08-14 05:49:48 PM  

Agnes Gonxha's Confidant: The key to happiness is to embrace your inner child.


www.weneedanadult.com
 
2014-08-14 05:50:43 PM  

Shadow Blasko: It starts with believing that you need all the crap that you see in the media to be happy.

Then you take a job that pays better than crap.. and you are miserable while you are there ..so you can pay the bills that you rack up because you keep buying crap to keep up with your crap buying friends.

Then you get sick because your immune system is shot because you are so stressed out ..and then you are more screwed and need more crap and meds and crap and you have to work harder.

Then you FARKING DIE.


But if you don't do all the above, don't you still farking die?
 
2014-08-14 05:52:42 PM  
Jokes on you subby, the water table is too high for basements here.
 
2014-08-14 05:57:55 PM  
Wow. Literally tons of Tyler Durdens in this thread. You guys have it all figured out, man. If only us sheep would listen...
 
2014-08-14 06:04:37 PM  

Resident Muslim: Where does faith or lack thereof fall in this?


/I might or might not be a troll, but feel free to look up some of the studies done


Start here for a summary. (EIP if anyone wants the pdf)
 
2014-08-14 06:06:40 PM  

Shadow Blasko: Agnes Gonxha's Confidant: The key to happiness is to embrace your inner child. I am serious. It's ok to be a responsible adult, but you must PLAY. Make time for playtime.

If your cubicle job sucks, find a way to have fun, start trouble once in a while. get into a fight with someone (without real violence)

Tell your boss his meeting was boring. Shut down the power in the building, pull the fire alarm if noth9ing else.

If that is not your style, play fantasy football with real people you know. Go bowling and scream "in your face" when you get a spare.

Play video games with your kids. Anything with guns, or Madden or FIFA.

I have to admit .. I have been happier since I started playing Ingress. I walk SO MUCH now..and I get to pretend that everyone who is on the other faction is the great enemy of mankind.


So i've never heard of that game until now. Seems like it could be fun fir a lazy sunday afternoon of bar hopping and game time. The wiki page and the ingress page are shory on in depth details. Is it a game requiring a large group, ir could it be played with a minimum of people? Regardless it's being downloaded, so hopefully it's fun
 
2014-08-14 06:06:55 PM  
Probably depends how much they wanted the job, too.
 
2014-08-14 06:41:54 PM  
When I feel unhappy I blow something up or shoot a gun over & over. Loud sharp reverberating noises make me smile, but, hey... that's just me.

/off my mountain
 
2014-08-14 06:44:46 PM  

Combustion: Wow. Literally tons of Tyler Durdens in this thread. You guys have it all figured out, man. If only us sheep would listen...


img.fark.netTons? Your post is #19.

Sit the fark down.
 
2014-08-14 06:47:49 PM  
Shut up and have a laxative
 
2014-08-14 08:03:51 PM  
I can tell you what NOT to do?

/hasn't cleaned the house properly in months
//addictions
///wish me luck for cleaning the house tomorrow morning!
 
2014-08-14 09:13:47 PM  

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: Combustion: Wow. Literally tons of Tyler Durdens in this thread. You guys have it all figured out, man. If only us sheep would listen...

[img.fark.net image 850x57]Tons? Your post is #19.

Sit the fark down.


We called him Frankly. Frankly had biatch tits.
 
2014-08-15 12:39:14 AM  

worlddan: What I have never understood is what is so bad about unhappy. It seems to me unhappiness is only a problem if it makes one unhappy. If one's unhappiness makes other people unhappy who cares? That's their problem. Be unhappy is nothing to be ashamed or to be feared. I say enjoy your unhappiness! Live it up!! Don't let the fact that you are bugging other people bother you in the slightest. Look on the bright side: misery loves company and the more people you make unhappy the less people there will be unhappy because the more the merrier.


That is amazing. I'm going to put it on a cross-stitch or something. It's even more amazing because I never like anything you say.

PillsHere: Only if you're a superficial person. I'd wager more people are unhappy due to a lack direction, feeling of pointlessness, and/or a feeling that no one cares about them. Some people might try and compensate for those feelings with stuff, but I'd say the route of emptiness stems from one of those reasons rather than simply trying to keep up with the Joneses. Although that can make them more unhappy of course. When you feel like your life lacks meaning, you either accept it and are depressed all the time or you try and fill the void with distractions.


People don't even realize how they're being manipulated to equate happiness with "stuff." How many times have you bought something, thinking Oh boy, oh boy, and day later you've almost forgotten about it already? Even I do it, and I'm way too poor to buy much of anything. That's why I notice the phenomenon so much. Doesn't have to be just Stuff either. It's times you go do something that is supposed to be super fun, when you'd rather just stay home, huge plans you make that don't turn out as fun as they were supposed to be (because actually, you'd be just as happy sitting at home drinking beer with your friends or something), all kinds of shiat. Very little of our happiness has to do with external things, really--I mean, beyond satisfying our basic needs and maybe having a few treasures. The rest of it is well, advertising.
 
2014-08-15 07:33:29 AM  
"Turns out we're all going to be a lot less miserable than we expect."

I'm amazed they couldn't find even one depressed person to interview. It's a bit of a stretch to claim everyone just bounces successfully through life's disappointments. Heck, even in the comments on the link people are referencing the family members they've lost to suicide.  Maybe they should have said that for those people who are already happy, their level of happiness is quite resilient.
 
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