David Redding was born on June 20, 1919, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA, and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has three sons who live in Northern California. David began his career as a researcher, and then became an accountant, working to help less developed countries. He was married 17 years to his first wife before it ended in a divorce. He is happily remarried and has been for the last 9 years.
What is your definition of happiness?
To enjoy the good aspects of people, enjoy living, family and friends. Don't get hung up on the bad things in life. You must get through the downfalls in life because if you don't they will just bring you down with them.
How has your definition of happiness changed over the years?
Over the years what makes you happy changes in subtle ways but you don't always know how they have changed or why different things make you happy that didn't before.
How do you know when you are happy?
When my wife and family are happy, because they are a reflection of me. Maybe a part of your soul?
Who or what do you turn to when you are unhappy?
As humans, we turn to those who are closest to us (friends and family); those that we love and in return love us.
What activities are important for your sense of happiness?
To be physically active, intellectually aware, and to have hobbies that keep me busy.
What makes you unhappy?
Differences among people, critical situations, and not a lack of environmental awareness. In addition, not being compassionate to other less developed countries.
How do other people's attitudes affect your sense of happiness?
It really depends on how they express their feelings and their...
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...s does not come from social or political changes, but from relationships among those you love.
How did you adjust to these changes?
Rationalization, coming to terms with what is real and what is not.
Are you pleased with yourself?
Yes, I would like to be in better health, to continue in good health, and sometimes be younger, but not very often.
Are you pleased with your interpersonal relationships?
Yes, at the moment I am.
Are you pleased with your religion?
I accept the fact that we aren't always religious. In addition humans have control over what is going on today.
If there is one piece of advice for achieving happiness what would it be?
To develop your own self-confidence and do the best you can with what you have.
Can you summarize your piece of advice with your philosophy on life?
Yes, at this point in your life be happy with yourself.
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