Emotions ~ Bliss

 

Happiness.

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It is not something that can be measured. Nor is it something that can be exchanged. Still, why is it that everybody works their whole lives in order to attain happiness? Not only do they want to be happy, but they also want to validate their happiness. However, happiness is as difficult to understand and grasp as is air and water because it is not tangible. If happiness is something so distinct and confusing, how does one actually confirm it? What exactly is happiness?

It is not something that can be measured. Nor is it something that can be exchanged. Still, why is it that everybody works their whole lives in order to attain happiness? Not only do they want to be happy, but they also want to validate their happiness. However, happiness is as difficult to understand and grasp as is air and water because it is not tangible. If happiness is something so distinct and confusing, how does one actually confirm it? What exactly is happiness?

Happiness has been around for a long time. How do I know this? I know this because the nature of humanity as well as the nature of the animals that live on the earth. When first born, babies are always crying and wailing, almost as though they were upset with life. However, the sadness that they are born with also makes them seek happiness.

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As they are babies, they are not taught these emotions, but rather they are born with it. This goes for all the other animals and creatures of the world as well. Happiness is an innate trait of all living things. Over time, the idea of happiness may have changed, as roles within society have changed, but in the end, the pure feeling of happiness will remain unchanged.

Happiness is not measured by material wealth. A royal mansion, new car, exquisite yacht, fine dinner, luxurious jet do not equate to happiness. Although these things may make a person seem happy, they are merely symbols of one’s social standing. Like saying goes, “money cannot buy happiness.” While those who are dirt-poor can be happy, it is also possible for the wealthy to feel unhappy. Material objects and property like those mentioned above can be gained and lost easily, but the underlying factor for happiness is something much more permanent and solidified.

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If the material wealth that everyone desires so greatly isn’t happiness, then what is? The answer to that question is success. As humans, we need to feel a sense of purpose and responsibility. It is difficult for people to stay motivated and happy without a purpose. This is because the goals that people hold give them purpose, and with purpose comes motivation and happiness. As people succeed and achieve their goals, they validate and justify their existence, equating to happiness.

The people that have a sense of purpose in their life often have a feeling of satisfaction about them. They feel as though they have a reason for living. Among the masses, the purposes will vary, but every person shares that feeling of unchanging purpose and vivid life. No matter how difficult and temporarily sad that life can get, the goals and purpose that one has is the motor for their pursuit of happiness in life.

Still, this drive for success and happiness can also lead to sadness. Life requires balance, and too much of anything will lead to chaos. In order to achieve happiness, people must understand the balance of their own individual and unique lives.

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Still, this is not the deciding factor for happiness. Happiness, in the end, is a choice. It is not something that is predetermined. The final key to happiness is the decision to actually be happy. For me, that is what happiness really is. There may be moments of pain and sadness, but this does not mean you do not have happiness. If you have a purpose and goal that you want to achieve and chose to be happy, you are happy.

I learned this when I was a kid, when I would ride my bicycle outside everyday. One day, my tire popped. My bike was my purpose and now that it was gone, you can imagine what happened. I felt unhappy and didn’t have any direction to face. However, in actuality, I was actually still happy as I made the choice to continue moving on.

Being happy with who you are and what you have is a decision that has to be consciously made. Goals and balance can help lead to happiness, but at the end of the day, a person needs to make a choice about happiness. That’s what happiness is.

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