As I've been going about trying to get used to the real full-time working phase of my life and coming to terms with the fact that I will probably (hopefully) never be a student again, I've been thinking (and posting) a lot lately about what contributes to happiness. And I think I have possibly come up with a short list that might actually sort of be true. Here it is:
Three good friends
One is too few, 10 is too many because they can't all be good friends. But three is the magic number. You need three good friends.
A good partner
I sort of hate to put this on here because I know it's modern and so on to think that everyone can be equally happy, single or not. However, the truth, as far as I can tell, is that a lot of happy people have good partners. I'll hopefully redeem myself a bit by saying it's not exactly the case that a good partner makes you happy, but rather that a happy person is satisfied with a good partner. A happy person, in other words, is content to get to know people who are obviously available for a genuine relationship. He/she doesn't seek drama or have a constantly wandering eye.
A decent day-to-day
It takes maturity to get to a certain age and say "okay, I can't just nap intermittently all day long anymore. I have to make a living." And maybe making a living won't be quite as much fun as napping intermittently all day long. That said, you can't hate what you do all day, or else your life will just become a gigantic battle to get to the weekend, which will go by way too fast every time. Not happy.
A minimal number of assholes in one's line of vision
And by line of vision I mean, you know, people you give the time of day to.
So that's happiness. Tell me, what did I miss?