I picked number 2. Just so you get a sense of how my comments relate to the poll. I'm curious to know what brings happiness to the members here at PF. I have got into many conversations with people where they think my views are just insane and flat out stupid. I believe happiness is something that is independent of anything else. Like most philosophies, no one can take it away from you. Therefore, if you have just the right amount to live, you can maintain utmost happiness. Happiness is independent of wealth and objects you own. People think it's crazy because they need a car to drive around and one that is not too old and runs good. They need a cellphone and an MP3 player because life is boring without them. The list goes on and depend on who it is, but most seem to agree with making a considerable amount of money. Also, I have a hearing disability and I'm bound to become deaf early in my life. Of course this a downer, but I've never really let it affect me. People seem shocked that it doesn't seem to affect me at all. Therefore, my happiness is truly independent of even my hearing. I'm not going to say that you can take out my eyes and I'll be cool with it though. The above example just describes that happiness must truly be independent of everything and not just material objects and wealth. I'm just saying that the more independent you make your own happiness the happier you will be. This is what I think. Anyways, this might seem like a philosophical question, but I think it's rather quite general because I'm not attaching this to human nature or what not. So, basically what makes you happy? In your experience, what makes you happy? Note: The poll is just to get a sense of how people think, so the poll will have every option out there.