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Why do or don't you perceive yourself as such? How do you think that others see you?<br><br>
Me? I am a happy person. I'm generally satisfied with my life in all of the big areas that matter to me (family, friends, faith, health, career). I have bad days, and even bad weeks. I even have MDD, but actively manage that every day, just as I do my diabetes.<br><br>
I think that others perceive me as happy as well. I really do enjoy life, and I think that can be contageous. My "people" are there for me for better or worse, as am I for them. Even at my most depressed, I'm acutely aware of my fantastic support system and that makes me happy.
 

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I am not "happy".<br><br>
I am merely optimistic from time to time.
 

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I am extremely happy and optimistic, i love my life and the challenges i get.
 

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I'm not a "happy person" in general all though I do have times (can be a few moments to a few weeks) when I'm quite content and pretty happy. Day to day I'm not. I'm too aware of the fact that there are a lot of horrible things that go on in the world that are controlled by a small narrow group of people who essentially own the world and exploit and enslave the rest of us (including animals) and within that comes the frustration of feeling trapped in a life imposed on me. This is not a "happy making" frame of mind. Religion, politicians, pedophiles, corporations and the willfully ignorant masses who make up the bewildered herd known as the American public make it hard to be happy most of the time.
 

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Not really, I'm pretty numb generally. I TRY to be happy and I feel lucky by my life. But in general, I don't feel much.<br><br>
Boo, depressing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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When I'm not sad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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For the most part, I would say that I am a happy person. I have sad, pessimistic periods, but my "normal" state is optimistic. I am content.
 

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I'm not really a happy person, and that makes me sad (haha)<br>
Especially in the past few months I have been trying to make a conscious effort to be more optimistic and all "you are as happy as you choose to be!" but then I go through a funk <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br>
I shouldn't complain and I do have it pretty good...I just need to remind myself of that.<br><br>
I would definitely say I'm "content" but I wish I was the type of person who is just happy and bubbly and enjoys the little things in life <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I am a very moody person.
 

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Oh, and my mother makes me moody. Living at home after graduating from college is just not working out for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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I'm human. I fluctuate. I work at keeping positive. I believe it's much healthier to focus on positve, happy thoughts, memories, people and such and so operate from this space as much as I am able.
 

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I used to seek perfection and was less happy than I am now that I just try to get what I can out of life. I wish I would have figured that out earlier. I'm a pretty happy person, but I occasionally fall into pits of despair.
 

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I try to be positive and 'happy' but I think trying to attain one state constantly is a pretty pointless endeavour. When I was depressed, eventually just being depressed didn't feel like anything because I couldn't even remember what not being depressed was, and that became 'normal.' I don't want to be constantly happy, but I think I would like to be happy a little more often than I am now maybe.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>*AHIMSA*</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2838002"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I'm human. I fluctuate. I work at keeping positive. I believe it's much healthier to focus on positve, happy thoughts, memories, people and such and so operate from this space as much as I am able.</div>
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Other than the depression which has been a struggle for me all my adult life (a rather sizeable "other than"! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> ), I think I'm a pretty happy person. The little things in life bring me happiness, and I think that is a gift with which I have been blessed.
 

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I'm as happy as can be, I'm a group of cherubs drunk from bliss, flying around, playing flutes and singing showtunes.
 

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Not usually. But that's just my personality. I'm a chronic worrier, and I tend to see the downside of just about everything.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Kappa</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2838007"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I try to be positive and 'happy' but I think trying to attain one state constantly is a pretty pointless endeavour. When I was depressed, eventually just being depressed didn't feel like anything because I couldn't even remember what not being depressed was, and that became 'normal.' I don't want to be constantly happy, but I think I would like to be happy a little more often than I am now maybe.</div>
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I dunno, I'm happy almost all the time until something bad happens, and i always recognize that as happy. You know that elated feeling you get sometimes, where you're just jumping out of your skin happy you're so happy? That's like the next step up.
 

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at this point, hell no. but it's in the works.
 
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