What's your secret to personal happiness ?


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Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 18, 2013 - 04:03am PT
Really Jimmy?

You know me. Personal happiness? Camping with my kid and wife. Climbing a route with nobody around. Fishing off a boat with no perceived time-limits. Taking a nap on the couch with a dog at my feet, kid in my arms.

Life is simple and good if you open your eyes.

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
May 18, 2013 - 11:08am PT
Friends, community and climbing, in that order. Recent studies in Blue Zone areas of the world where people regularly live to be over a hundred, have shown the importance of community.

"In fact, the world’s longevity all-stars living in the original Blue Zones® areas enjoy deep life-long friendships. They share their lives and healthy habits with one another, and the result is a happier, healthier community of individuals. " (from the Blue Zones Project Web site)

Yesterday I sent two new routes in Skaha, with a 63 year old friend who just established a 5.12B. A few days before, climbed some 5.11's with a 67 year old Calgarian. In a few weeks look forward to watching John Fantini climb a few 5.12 routes for his 70 birthday.

Happy, old climbers! I'm the kid in the bunch at 61.

Sport climber
Is this a trick question?
May 18, 2013 - 11:15am PT
enjoying life

The Granite State.
May 18, 2013 - 11:17am PT
Here's my take; I encounter things on a daily basis that seem like a brick wall. Usually financial in nature, I'm poor.

But, here's where I find happiness, I've done everything I could do, so whatever happens from that point on, I accept it.

Beyond that, I find happiness in knowing that I live my life respectfully.
Steve's sister

Social climber
Las Vegas, NV
May 18, 2013 - 11:18am PT
Knowing that it is my responsibility

Sport climber
May 18, 2013 - 11:26am PT
Short is the time that remains of your life
Live as on a mountain...

If you're searching happiness
you've lost it

as long as you keep searching
you won't find it

Just forget about happiness...

and then it will be there
once in a while...

Just let it go...

it's a gift...
a luxury...

Mountain climber
La Mancha
May 18, 2013 - 12:07pm PT
Watching people grow/recover as a result of something I helped them with.

The more you give, the less you care about what you get.
Mark Force

Trad climber
Cave Creek, AZ
May 18, 2013 - 01:04pm PT
What a beautiful thread! And, it's illuminating and inspiring to see what has been shared here.

Here's what I've been playing with lately and it's a really gratifying practice.

If you want to make others happy, practice compassion.
If you want to make yourself happy, practice compassion.
~Dalai Lama
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
May 18, 2013 - 02:37pm PT
When the work is good, valuable, helps others, and is all done.

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
May 18, 2013 - 03:46pm PT
knowing that i am going to die is my key to personal happiness

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
May 18, 2013 - 03:56pm PT

May 18, 2013 - 04:30pm PT
I really like some of the responses here.

Another mantra that helps sometimes:

Happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
May 18, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Trad climber
May 18, 2013 - 11:01pm PT
Minding my own business.
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
May 18, 2013 - 11:03pm PT
Sensible shoes.
Comfortable underwear.
A good bowel movement.


Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
May 18, 2013 - 11:07pm PT
My secret to happiness is in my pants. My pants' pocket. I've got a pocket full of platitudes. Here is one I blatantly stole from Thucydides:

"the secret to happiness is freedom, and the secret to freedom is courage"

or something like that


A long way from where I started
May 18, 2013 - 11:34pm PT
Before satori I cut wood and hauled water.

After satori I cut wood and hauled water.

May 18, 2013 - 11:39pm PT
Started reading the books Full Catastrophe Living and Awakening Joy this afternoon.

Seems like it all comes down to or at least back around to breathing....


May 18, 2013 - 11:41pm PT
Before satori one cuts wood and hauls water.

After satori one burns wood to cook and drinks water to live ......

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
May 18, 2013 - 11:48pm PT
then moves to America and becomes one with stupidity....
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