Saturday, March 12, 2016

Happiness....


When I started thinking about happiness , lots of  questions popped  into my mind...multitudes of questions....but no clear  answers....

To me, happiness takes on myriads of hues....reading , singing , sitting quietly , nature , learning something new....It is difficult to be happy but at the same time it is easy too !! What a paradox !!!But do all these things mean happiness ? Or is it something totally different ?.....Or is it this plus many more things ?......

Is it possible to be really happy ? Does happiness really exist ? Or it is just another name given to some different positive emotion ?....like absence of unhappiness ?......What does happiness mean to each of us ?.....same ?...... or different ?.......

Experiencing something is happiness ?....or doing something ?.....active or passive ?....are they of same kind ?.....

And all these kinds of happinesses .....are they lasting ?.....or being happy all the time means some kind of defect in the cortex ?.....

At least one thing I am sure of....there exists a baseline state for everyone.....you could be happy ( optimistic) or not so happy ( Pessimistic) , and the events that occur in your life can make you more excited or depressed , in various degrees. But the basic fact remains , a pessimistic person will always find something imperfect about every situation , a reason to be unhappy in a happy situation.....and vice versa for an optimistic person.....No matter what happens in his life , he will always find something good in it . Love for self is a source of this baseline happy state....this optimism.....

Happiness , I feel ,is a set of diverse emotions ....excitement,satisfaction,pleasure,satiety etc etc....in fact ,we call all our positive emotions as happiness......

True happiness can only be found inside oneself , but when man doesn't realise this , he searches high and low for this elusive thing....In search of greater excitement and thrills ,he overlooks these smaller pleasures.....Lots of books have been written on this subject ...I am guilty of reading at least  a dozen such books...books that advice you  on whats and wheres and whys.....

The question is do we really need to be really happy all the time ?....Pain , anger , sadness....are a part of our life too ...these emotions are necessary for us...to be more human , to understand life ,to grow more spiritual.....to be compassionate......

And wouldn't it be more sensible to aim for being content ,serene ,grateful ?.....It is easier , too.....Happiness will never come to you , if you pursue it with all your might.... In fact , happiness will ensue , if you just concentrate on living your life fully......a life full of gratitude....a content and serene life !

This post is written in response to the indiblogger prompt :-What does happiness mean to you ? Do you go looking for happiness ? # Happiness