Thursday, April 11, 2013
Are you Happy? The problem isn't the answer, Its the question.
Happiness is not a brilliant climax to years of grim struggle and anxiety. It is a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy in the moment.
J. Donald Walters
Are you happy?
A simple question with complex answers and that answer may change depending on the time of day and whats going on when its asked. So if the answer changes that frequently then maybe we don't understand the true definition of happiness.
Perhaps we are asking the wrong question. Maybe it should be, 'what is happiness'?
Think for a moment- we may know people who are healthy and yet unhappy. We may also know people who are sick without hope for cure but they are happy.
So is happiness rooted in physical health?
We know people who are wealthy beyond need and yet they are not happy and we may know people who are "dirt-poor" and yet they are happy.
So happiness cannot come from material wealth.
Happiness then, isn't some fledgling quality that dissipates with time like a morning mist, rather it is something that is with us constantly. It doesn't come and go like the wind and it isn't affected by the tides of your life.
What is happiness? Happiness is intrinsic- it IS you. It is a quality that is intertwined with YOUR very being, its who YOU are.
So are you happy? The answer is always YES. If you THINK your answer is 'no, im not happy', then it is your definition of happiness that needs adjusting. The wrong definition is LIMITING you.
You may be going through circumstances that are painful, that make you sad but you can choose to be happy in any given moment, every day, for as as often as you wish. So much like EVERYTHING in life. Being happy is a choice. Its in you. But you must decide to BE it; to be happy.
Have you made your decision?