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Are you happy?

The Hard Luck Life. Some questions in this poll may hit a sore spot or be painful to answer, but please bear with me and go through as much as you can. Try to finish it all the way through; it's kind of long. Please take this poll only once--ever. I don't want to skew the results and I wish to receive answers from many different people. Also, don't be afraid to post comments, though you must be a member of this site to do so. Thank you and take care.
Are you male or female?
male
female
What is your age?
12 and under
13-20
21-30
31-60
61 and over
What is your religion?
Jewish
Christian
Baptist
Methodist
Protestant
Mormon
Muslim/Islam
Buddist
Other
I'm not religious/spiritual.
I prefer not to say.
What ethnicity/heritage are you?
Caucasian
African-American
Hispanic
Asian/Pacific Islander
American Indian
other
I prefer not to say.
Do you believe in God, or any type of Supreme Being?
yes
no
undecided
Do you believe that God is good?
yes
no
undecided
Do you believe that God cares about and watches over you?
yes
no
undecided
Do you feel you have had a "hard life"?
yes
no
If yes, do you blame God for your misfortune?
yes
no
Do you hate God?
yes
no
What types of things have befallen you? (Check as many as apply.)
Defect or disease from birth
Chronic or terminal disease
Hurt or disabled in an accident
Poverty (since birth or later in life)
Loss of parent
Loss of child
Child Abuse (ongoing or single incident)
Broken home/Domestic strife
Feeling unwanted, unloved, "thrown away"/foster child, adopted (even by non-caring family)/felt used by "the system"
other
I don't want to talk about it.
None. I have had a good life.
Have you ever been a victim of social injustice?
Homelessness
Unfairly imprisoned
Persecuted (racial hatred, silenced, tortured, intimidated, etc.)
Discommunicated or exiled (from family, community, etc.)
other
I'd rather not say.
None of this has happened to me.
Do you blame yourself for any of the things that have happened to you?
There are a few things I've said and done that I regret.
Somewhat
Mostly
I am not responsible. Everyone else did this to me.
Do you feel that God, life, society, the world (whatever) "owes you an apology"?
Absolutely! They better start making up for stuff right now!
Not at all. I am responsible for the choices I make.
When things are going well in your life, do you feel "on edge", like everything will soon fall apart?
I'm on a lucky streak right now, and am waiting for the sky to fall.
I don't put out the welcome mat for good times, cause I know they won't stay long.
I'm going through some bad luck at the moment, but I know it will pass.
I usually have mostly positive experiences. Everyone falls now and then. I deal with it and move on.
Do you consider yourself a happy person?
I feel so good I make people sick!
Mostly
Sometimes
Happiness? What's that?
Are you unhappy or angry?
I should say not! Life is to be savored!
A little bit
A lot
Die, world, die!
When things get to you, do you have anything in your life that serves as an "escape"? (Please select only 4.)
Cry
Temper Tantrum
Food
Drugs
Sex
Go shopping
Go clubbing/partying
Sports (spectator or participant)
Talk to someone
Take a nap
Take a drive
Read a book
Watch television/listen to music
Computer/Internet (includes email, game playing, and chat rooms/message boards)
I'm an entertainer/artist. I act/sing/dance/write/draw, etc.
Run away
Are you poor?
no
I am in a lower socioeconomic bracket.
I'm middle-class, and I'm okay with it.
I'm middle-class, and I'm not okay with it.
Are you rich?
no
I live in a massive country estate in the middle of nowhere, and haven't a care in the world. I spend much of my free time using what I've got to make the world a better place.
I am financially better off than most people I know, yet I make it a point to be friends with those who are not.
I'm better than you!
Do you believe that money equals happiness?
Having money does not mean you are happy. There are many people in the world who have all the riches they can handle, yet for some reason or other, feel pain and lonliness inside.
Having money does not bring you happiness...however, it makes a lot of things in life easier. It can help solve many of the problems that a lack of money causes, such as poverty and despair.
Money does not equal happiness. Period. End of discussion.
YES!
Do you think it would be a cool idea if there were a book published one day, that is filled with articles, essays, interviews, and similar stuff, contributed by celebrities and regular folks, on what it means to be happy, and finding happiness within yourself?
That is so totally awesome! When does it come out?
I don't think the world is quite ready for something like that just yet.
Which of the following individuals would you like to see featured in the book?
Amanda Bynes (actress, What I Like About You)
Tom Brady (quarterback, New England Patriots)
Jon Bon Jovi (rock star)
Bill Gates (head of Microsoft Corporation)
all
none
What would be a good title for the book?
Finding Happiness (I am strongly leaning toward this one.)
The Fire Within
Rising from the Hard Luck Life
No comment; can't think of anything.
Other [Please tell me of your ideas. If I decide to use it (instead of one of my own) I will give you credit.]
Do you have any advice for me on "how I may go about the process" of writing the book, or even (dare I say it) contacting the celebrities to invite them to participate in this project? I'm nobody special. Who's going to pay attention to me?
Sorry, can't help you there pal. Good luck.
I can tell you a few things that may help.
I know people/have contacts. You and I need to talk.
Take a chance; try something daring. Be bold and get your name out there any way you can, you chicken! "The world has too many dreamers, and not enough doers."
Fill in the blank. A ____________ is the first step toward happiness among members of a society.
resolve to put God first in your life
habit to practice tolerance and understanding
high standard of living
lifetime supply of Gummy Bears
Have you done a "random act of kindness" for a stranger lately?
yes
no
I think I'll do so, now that you mention it.
No, but someone has done one for me.
What are we put on this Earth for?
To experience life
To make one another happy
No rhyme or reason to it
No other planets wanted us
No other planets were available
Do you think God wants us to be happy?
Yes!
Yes, but we ruin it by being bad.
He doesn't care one way or another.
undecided
Are you happy (generally...these days?)
yes
no
Do you think I (the maker of this poll) am unhappy?
No, but you've known others who are, and it provided motivation to write this poll (and the book).
a little bit
sometimes
Awww...why so sad, my friend?
What do you suppose God thinks of this poll?
God is too busy to be bothered with such silliness.
He'd praise you.
He'd punish you.
You started out so serious. Why are you being obnoxious now?
Knowing the subject matter of this poll--just for fun--what sign do you think I am?
Aries
Taurus
Gemini
Cancer
Leo
Virgo
Libra
Scorpio
Sagittarius
Capricorn
Aquarius
Pisces
What sign are you?
Aries
Taurus
Gemini
Cancer
Leo
Virgo
Libra
Scorpio
Sagittarius
Capricorn
Aquarius
Pisces
What did you think of this poll?
The best I've ever seen, online or off!
Very good.
It was okay.
Not one of your better pieces of work, buddy!
Go back to your day job!
What poll? I thought I was taking a test!
Thank you for taking my poll. Will you post comments and/or send an email with anything you wish to say? My address is: thefirewithin@excite.com
Yes
No
There are two other questions I thought of after this was finished that I wish to add (as well as others in the future, if they come up). First of all, is your happiness "controlled by outside forces?" If you receive a poor grade on a test at school, are denied a promotion at work, face the end of a relationship, or are simply slighted by a stranger on the street--does it get you down, or do you stay upbeat? In other words, is your inner sense of happiness, security and esteem affected by what happens outside of yourself, or are you able to keep a positive outlook?
Things happen, and it gets to me. Sometimes it even gets to a point where if the incident is important to me, I feel that "my world is crashing down."
I try not to let situations in the world get the better of me. I try to and am usually able to maintain a positive attitude in the face of undesirable experiences.
And secondly, what do you believe is stronger--nature or nurture? Throughout your life, have the experiences you've had played a large role in shaping how you feel about life, and how much happiness (or lack thereof) you have inside? Or do you believe we are born with the ability to keep a sense of fulfillment, regardless of anything we go through?
Our experiences play a large part in making us who we are.
Outside influences have nothing to do with it. We can choose to be happy or not.
Have you ever done this to someone: "accuse" them of having a "perfect" life, simply because yours sucks so bad, and you think theirs is so much better, even though you know nothing about the person.
I've never done that to anyone.
This has never happened to me.
I'm guilty of committing the offense, but I don't feel sorry afterwards! No one could possibly have a worse hand dealt to them than me!
I'm guilty of committing the offense, and I regret it afterward. You never know what someone has been through.
This has been done to me before, but I thought nothing of it. Or I shrugged, walked away, or felt sorry for the person.
This has been done to me before, and it made me angry or hurt. I really chewed the bastard out!
If you met someone else who has had just as rough a life as you, would you feel an attraction or closeness to the person (not intimately), spiritually or something? Would you have a lot to talk about?
I don't think it would affect either of us particularly much. We each have our own problems to deal with in our own way.
Yes! Yes! Misery loves company! We could bond, hang out and share 'war stories'!
This poll was created on 2006-02-05 01:21:10 by problemchild