Happiness: a word you can almost see through. Elusive in meaning, and a unique experience for everyone. You can ask a thousand people to define this word, and you will get a thousand answers.
Andie and I had our unique definitions of what it means to be happy. Some of it was the same, some of it different. For me, the state of happiness comes with a feeling of safety, for Andie, it’s important to be in the present moment as much as possible. For both of us, happiness means true acceptance of where we are in life, and realizing that we do have the power to experience and increase our levels of happiness. As a matter of fact, we are the only ones who have the power to make ourselves happy.
The first step, we feel, to a truly happy life; is to realize that no other person, place, or thing, makes us happy. Nothing outside of our own perception of our experience, can create happiness. There is no one you can meet, or no thing you can do. Happiness is not about cherry blossoms, smiling all the time, and rainbows. It is that, but that’s not all it is.
True happiness encompasses the whole experience. It is embracing, and not resisting life. It is understanding that pain is always trying to communicate to us that there is a truth to tell, a truth to embrace. Joy, sadness, grief, passion, complacence, contentment, desire, dark, light; is all a part of this experience. And our resistance to some of it, is what causes the “unhappy” state.
Allow life to flow as is; and try not to always fight that which currently is, the present moment.
How do you define happiness? Your view and definition is just as valid and authentic as ours: