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  • Premier Icon weeksy
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    Curently no.

    I’m waiting for my KTM to be finished and dropped back off…. once it is…. i’m happy.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    How to be happy by Men’s Health – number 1 stop buying Men’s Health….

    Premier Icon righog
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    I did not buy it. That has increased my happiness.

    5thElefant
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    Happiness is not normal. We’d still be living in trees if it was.

    crush83
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    yes. i have 12 days off work after today!!

    Premier Icon binners
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    If you’re insecure enough to buy Mens Health, then you’re unlikely to ever be happy. With all that closet homosexuality competitive grooming, and wotnot….

    I am happy as larry though. Being thick really helps on that score ๐Ÿ˜€

    Premier Icon righog
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    Closet..What closet ? ๐Ÿ˜€

    The article is by the Undercover Economist Tim Harford, who is a good egg.

    There is some interesting stuff (and it is short) especially (as I am)looking to buy a new house.

    As for MH magazine.. I have bought a few times at airports, It led me to run a 10K first in years, and showed me an exercise that helped loads with my dodgy hip. I do not groom competitively ( or much at all)

    deadlydarcy
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    Generally, folk who wish to make you feel bad because you’ve bought a certain magazine are unlikely to be as happy as they’d have you believe.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Ironically, there is a correlation between unhappiness and buying Men’s/Women’s magazines.

    They are designed to feed insecurity and then offer the false solution of buying crap to try and make people feel better.

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    5thElefant – Member
    Happiness is not normal. We’d still be living in trees if it was.

    In that case

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2lKSEgb8yc[/video]

    Premier Icon aracer
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    married people have a lot more sex

    Well at least I got a laugh out of that.

    Premier Icon binners
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    I think he meant they get ****ed more often

    deadlydarcy
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    correlation

    Yep.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Generally, folk who wish to make you feel bad because you’ve bought a certain magazine are unlikely to be as happy as they’d have you believe.

    Actually it’s the magazine that is designed to make you feel bad. Negative emotions are strong motivators and the aim of the magazine is to please the advertisers. The basic plan is, fill the magazine with images of unrealistic perfection, feed insecurity and hope readers buy advertiser’s stuff in an attempt to feel less insecure.

    Obviously everyone is affected to a different extend, but that’s what they’re designed to do.

    Premier Icon righog
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    It’s not about the mag.

    or at least least it was not to start with,

    The question still stands.

    dannyh
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    Had to take a day off work to look after the kids – both of whom have got the trots.

    In a strange way, it is nice to be nursing them a bit as they usually just want Mummy when they feel poorly, but it’s going to be a long day…….

    boxfish
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    My family is housed, fed and loved. I don’t have much to complain about. My job gives me some satisfaction. Riding bikes keeps me sane. I feel lucky. Does that count?

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    It’s not about the mag.

    Yes, but in this case the ironing is too great to not comment on!

    and yes, perfectly happy thanks!

    Premier Icon cinnamon_girl
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    I say, what an interesting link. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    freddyg
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    married people have a lot more sex

    HAHAHahahahaHHAhaha…… <sigh> ๐Ÿ˜

    grievoustim
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    whatever you think about the magazine that is an interesting article

    I do enjoy a bit of pop economics

    fasthaggis
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    I am a ( sometimes annoyingly ) happy person ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think Kirsty Young got close ,when she said

    โ€œI donโ€™t want my children to be ‘happyโ€™,they will be bloody lucky if they glimpse it now and again, I want them to be content and have self-worth.โ€

    IMO ,you only get true happiness when you can appreciate the other end of the scale,and have been through the mill a bit.
    Getting the ratio right , will always be the tricky bit.

    Premier Icon righog
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    boxfish – Member
    My family is housed, fed and loved. I don’t have much to complain about. My job gives me some satisfaction. Riding bikes keeps me sane. I feel lucky. Does that count?

    Yes

    cinnamon_girl – Member
    I say, what an interesting link.

    Yes

    FWIW, I am marginally happier after starting the thread ๐Ÿ˜€

    Premier Icon binners
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    IMO ,you only get true happiness when you can appreciate the other end of the scale,and have been through the mill a bit.

    I’m with you on that one Fasthaggis. Everything’s relative innit? ๐Ÿ˜€

    ti_pin_man
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    I’m not religious but theres a buddhist saying I like a lot:

    ‘life is pain and suffering’

    the meaning behind it is something like life is indeed full of pain and suffering, recognising and accepting this fact will make you recognise the happiness in-between, which in turn makes you appreciate it. The full buddhist bit is more complex but this is how I interpret it for myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Premier Icon cinnamon_girl
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    I’m obviously not reading what everyone else is. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Premier Icon annebr
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    I’m not a man therefore I must be happy?

    deluded
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    Iโ€™ve recently gone through a slightly anxious stage as I transition into my 40โ€˜s – evaluating my life thus far, determining future goals etc, etc – but aside from that Iโ€™m happy. My wife is due to give birth to our first born in a months time, all is well at work, financially we have no worries, Iโ€™m surrounded by close mates who I grew up with and have good leisure / social outlets … and I find myself in rude health (apart from carrying a bit too much timber).

    I wish Iโ€™d been a little more chilled out and wiser in my youth. It took me a while to discover that sources of satisfaction sometimes lie beyond my control and that the world does not reliably confirm to my wishes.

    Actively seek out short-term treats, whether itโ€™s a walk in the sunshine, a cheeky espresso when you should be at your desk, or a quick workout. Corny as it seems, you may find yourself feeling lucky to be alive. You canโ€™t make the sun shine, but you can take full advantage when it does.

    This. You have to actively look after your mind and the little things add-up. Your mind is the most important organ in your body. Take great care of it.

    Premier Icon cinnamon_girl
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    I do think that experiencing life-changing events forces you to reassess what you want from your life and, when it comes down to it, what’s really important.

    andyrm
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    IMO ,you only get true happiness when you can appreciate the other end of the scale,and have been through the mill a bit.

    Agreed – and it’s also important to keep reminding yourself about where you sit on the scale of “fortunate”. First world problems like a late delivery or someone not replying to an email are never cause to be upset. Filter it out.

    – Do you have food, shelter and water?
    – Do you have an activity you enjoy doing?
    – Are there people in your life that you enjoy interacting with?
    – Are you reasonably healthy?

    If you can answer yes to all 4 of the above, you have NOTHING to complain about. A huge portion of the world’s population don’t.

    greyman
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    Not quite a ‘smug 7’ here, but happy enough thanks.
    G.
    Mind you, Binners has a point ๐Ÿ˜‰ It doesn’t pay to overthink things, esp stuff you can’t do much about. Fight the battles you can win. Vote. Play the cards you’re dealt.

    andyrm
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    It doesn’t pay to overthink things, esp stuff you can’t do much about.

    Great point – and something I said to a mate who tends to overthink just about everything. I naturally err towards the flippant end of the scale for just about everything in life, with a very simple 2 step approach:

    Can I do anything about it? Do something about it
    Can I not do anything about it? Think about something else

    jonba
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    You canโ€™t make the sun shine, but you can take full advantage when it does.

    OOh worthy of adding to the motto thread.

    Interesting idea in the article that being happy may be the cause of success and not a result of it. I’ve read something along these lines before. There was also an element of how people feel about luck, some people considered themselves lucky others unlucky but when studied the number of positive and negative experiences evened out. It was more an attitude to dealing with them. The lucky ones focussed on the positives.

    Anyway, I’m not ecstatic but I’m doing a whole lot better than people in North Korea…

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    married people have a lot more sex, Well at least I got a laugh out of that.

    People generally have a lot less sex than you think, so it’s probably true.

    I have enough money to live, my kids like me, I’m healthy, my job is mostly OK, I get enough sex ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy enough

    yunki
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    Am I happy..?

    Fairly regularly, yes

    Aristotle
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    Most of us were extremely lucky to live in the UK in the late 20th century. .

    Many of us are/were frustrated by not being quite able to live the dream, though.

    -We can’t all be Binners.

    Things may be on the slide a little now, though

    footflaps – Member
    Actually it’s the magazine that is designed to make you feel bad. Negative emotions are strong motivators and the aim of the magazine is to please the advertisers. The basic plan is, fill the magazine with images of unrealistic perfection, feed insecurity and hope readers buy advertiser’s stuff in an attempt to feel less insecure.

    Obviously everyone is affected to a different extend, but that’s what they’re designed to do.

    I would regard myself as cynical enough not to be taken in by magazines and ads, but having a read of a pre- Xmas MBR even had me thinking about my second-hand bitsa bikes and,

    “Maybe I do actually need a 29er with electronically-controlled full suspension? and a 29er hardtail?”
    and,

    “how have I managed to ride for 20-odd years without a dropper post? In fact, I’ve obviously not really been riding”

    I went for a ride on one of my shonky machines and quickly snapped out of it.

    If I were a weaker man I’d have thought,

    “My suspension coatings are all wrong”

    “9 speed is extremely wrong”

    and gone out and bought a flash new bike to go with the Audi S-Line that is essential for a trip to Llandegla.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    No. Sod off.

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