What is "happy"?
May 4, 2006 12:07 PM Subscribe
What is "happiness"?
posted by five fresh fish to health & fitness (82 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I went through a pretty rough couple of days this week, what with the dark pit of depression sneaking up on me. And it caused me to wonder, what is this "happy" that people claim to possess? I can identify my depression once it hits the obsessive wrist-slitting thoughts, but that's a damn scary place to be.
How can I better identify the state of my brain and take care of myself before things get to a bad point? I think one of my bigger problems is that I don't have any "normalcy metric" by which to judge... I'm so seldom what I think others would call "happy" that I don't really recognize its absence. But maybe only a gifted few are happy, and the rest of us just trudge through life bearing it all as best as possible?
This isn't a well-focused question, mainly because I'm not entirely sure what it is I need, other than some understanding as to how your brains "feel" both in ordinary boring day-to-day life, and when you are particularly happy.