Life is a journey that begins and ends in a relatively short period of time. And, in between those two events, most people are in the constant pursuit of…Happiness.
Does anyone really know what happiness means? Philosophers, spiritual leaders, and therapists have been defining, and giving advice on, happiness for thousands of years. But have they helped all of us figure it out? Because it seems to me that despite all of the wisdom being bestowed upon us, so many people still cannot find happiness.
And when these people do find happiness, it is fleeting. Here in an instant. Gone in a flash.
Is that how it’s supposed to be? Maybe. I don’t know. A constant shift between happiness and other emotions may just be the human condition. To appreciate happiness, maybe we must lose it sometimes. Otherwise happiness would simply translate to a state of just – “being.” But maybe that’s not a bad thing either.
I am not sure of the answers. But…I do know this. Whatever happiness is. Or isn’t. One thing is certain.
Each of us finds happiness in different ways. We each have a unique sense of self, and a sense of the world around us. We receive and interpret information in our own distinctive manners.
We see the world through our own eyes. We love with our own hearts. We cry with our own tears. And we find happiness through our own experiences.
This past weekend, my wife and I took our 21-month old daughter to an amusement park for the very first time. She had a ball in Camp Snoopy (the section for little kids). Our little girl even got on some rides for the first time. Watching her enjoy the rides filled my heart with love and pride. It made me happy.
Is that what happiness is? For me. Yes.
But I also find happiness in spending time with my wife. Writing. Taking photographs. Telling jokes. Watching The Walking Dead. Being outdoors.
I’m not always happy. But, I strive to be.
My point is this. Each of us must find what makes us happy. And we shouldn’t concern ourselves with other people’s versions of what makes us happy. How could they possibly know what makes you happy? They may have somewhat of an idea. But in all honesty. No one can truly know. Only you can. No one else is inside your head.
Of course, when you meet someone special, they can certainly make you feel happy. But that happiness is dependent on you. It depends on how you interpret their actions. It depends on your openness to their love. It depends on your willingness to allow them to share their life with you.
We should never underestimate the importance of happiness. A happy person can transform the world around them. A happy person can generate love and peace. A happy person can shine light where there is darkness.
I know many struggle with happiness. But…the silver lining is this – when you do find happiness, you will appreciate it all the more. You will embrace and nurture it. And you will hopefully finally find that peace you’ve been searching for.
I wish you all much happiness!