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Show Of Hands March 8th, 2012 12:00am

Would you trade half of your remaining life expectancy for a guarantee to be 3x as happy and fulfilled during that shortened life?

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mrcoyote Casa Grande
03/20/12 10:05 pm

Hey id do it either way though. Why die in a bed barely able to remember anyone


03/19/12 6:20 pm

who wants a happy life for less time ???

rmejia9971 Illinois
03/18/12 9:32 am

Why would I wanna live old I mean look around the look how fck up it is getting or so tell me why I wanna live to see the world go into complete chaos

ticho9 California
03/16/12 10:29 pm

@snoopdug... agree... first question that actually made me stop and carefully think! there are some possible implications here that I'm sure are not considering thoroughly.

mrcoyote Casa Grande
03/13/12 4:05 pm

Realize it said "expectancy" not span people live past expectancy usually

JamesMadison La Palma
03/12/12 7:45 pm

If i can make a difference in this world and save some lives, i don't care when i die

sabymong New Mexico
03/12/12 1:41 am

Im12 and I would cuz I'm miserable


03/11/12 8:56 pm

No way. Because me being here is providing at least a little extra happiness for my kids and my family and I would rather have them happier than me

posting101
03/11/12 6:17 am

I am happy so why would I change a thing

snoopdug Illinois
03/10/12 2:06 pm

toughest poll question ever. answering requires done seriously deep introspection

godcyanide Probably gone for good
03/10/12 9:49 am

Only three times as happy and fulfilled? No. Three times of nothing is nothing.

Lumineer
03/10/12 7:42 am

Life isn't about being happy all the time, and, forgive me for being do cliche, but it's about the ride. The ups and downs, the twists and some things that throw ya for a loop. I don't want to gamble with time. I just want to live and live well.

Smyle Outside
03/09/12 10:15 pm

Life expectancy is going up (unless you live an unhealthy lifestyle) so yea I'd do it.

Perot4Prez
03/09/12 2:06 pm

I love how when Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory was told that Amy's mother would be disappointed if he didn't attend her birthday, his response was something like..."She is 93... She isn't going to be disappointed for long."

EnginE3r Texas
03/09/12 9:30 am

I'm already a joyful guy so 3x that sounds tiresome

elbow82 Veganland
03/09/12 7:40 am

That would mean I'd likely die at around 52 instead of 75. I'd rather have the extra time on earth to do some traveling, see my future kid graduate college, maybe meet a grandchild, help people, help animals. My aunt died at 52, and while she burned brightly, she was far too young.

RonM
03/09/12 12:21 am

We should be responsible for our own happiness and fulfillment. I'd opt for a chance for long life.

Homgrwn Lost
03/08/12 11:48 pm

And we won't use most of the time so instead of spending years to "try" and make myself happy I would have what everyone wants....to be happy!

Homgrwn Lost
03/08/12 11:47 pm

Why wouldn't I...hell the last few years of most peoples lives are spent living like an infant..being fed walking with a walker can't wipe or wash yourself....so he'll yeah cause it's the whole reason we do what we do...we get up to go to work to make money to pay for things to fill a house...

wetheslaves Live each moment fully
03/08/12 11:12 pm

You do control your quality of life. Perception - Action - Results. To improve you need to know your worth. To get good balanced results you need to be assertive, not aggressive. Know that you are not alone and are loved.

PS Matthew McKay is an excellent author who has easy but effective books.


03/08/12 10:35 pm

I would rather burn out than fade away...

kris55 Alabama
03/08/12 10:32 pm

Depends on what my life expectancy is...I would probably choose happiness bc that would mean that i marry someone I truly love get a good job perhaps have kids and pretty much live a shortened perfect life...

BadBadger Georgia
03/08/12 9:45 pm

I would never, ever trade more than 1/3 for 3x happiness. I know a bad deal when I see one. ;-)

BadBadger Georgia
03/08/12 9:43 pm

@TheAntiLib, that's ok. The question is designed to make you think and to encourage interesting discussion. Since that lets you off the hook, don't worry too much about it.

TheAntiLib Putnam County, NY
03/08/12 9:27 pm

What kind of a question is this? It would never happen, so don't ask the question...

dbrat East Coast
03/08/12 9:23 pm

I'll take it as it comes, life's good

deosil WA
03/08/12 9:06 pm

I would rather live a short happy life than a long unhappy one. So, yes, in a heartbeat.


03/08/12 8:19 pm

that would be take...not Jake!


03/08/12 8:18 pm

interesting that the younger you are the more likely you would Jake the trade. by the time you hit the top bracket you know how fast it goes and you just wish you could slow it down! ha

KudosToYou California
03/08/12 8:15 pm

It's about life expectancy and not when you are going to die.

sarahg1995 Frankfort, IN
03/08/12 7:27 pm

you don't know when you are going to die. what if you were meant to die in two days and you gave up half. then your going to die tomorrow. definitely not worth it

Bekka Just relaxing...
03/08/12 7:07 pm

I'm happy enough. And the women in my family don't live very long.

alfy21
03/08/12 7:06 pm

guaranteed happiness is not happiness. happiness comes with the possibility of failure

thebabb Connecticut
03/08/12 6:46 pm

I'd probably die of happiness if I did

wetheslaves Live each moment fully
03/08/12 6:36 pm

Life is not just for me. I live to serve others, our true legacy. The good we do in others lives, will live on and pass on to even more people over their life. Things rust, degrade and don't go with us. Heck, they take most of it from family (taxes...)

Forte667
03/08/12 6:32 pm

I'm fine living to the age 45 my kids will be in there 20's im fine with that

PhilliesSuck
03/08/12 6:29 pm

Life is an adventure. Live it in its fullest. If you cant handle it at its worst, you're not fit for its best