Are we happy yet?

Just want to be happy?

Just want to be happy?

What is happiness? Why do so many people say that they ‘just want to be happy’ but don’t do anything to achieve it or even understand what it means to them?

The most useful explanation of happiness is, in my opinion, centred on being satisfied, content and fulfilled rather than ‘happy’ in its elusive, bursting-with-excitement, highly-charged emotional sense. It has depth and deliberation to it. It encompasses living a meaningful life, utilising your talents and time, living with mindfulness and purpose.

Happiness is enhanced when you feel part of a community and when you love and feel loved. It offers resilience to minor setbacks, dealing with annoying people, and handling problems with a level head. Life can’t always be exciting and dealing with the mundane is easier when our days are filled with meaningful and purposeful activities that inspire us.

Happiness involves a willingness to learn and stretch and grow, which sometimes involves some uncertainty and doubt. It’s often not the easiest option, rarely ‘business as usual’. Happiness is deliberate. It requires acting on life, not merely reacting to it. It’s not a temporary exhilaration or a sensual rush, it’s far more enduring … although those who live by the maxim ‘Carpe diem’ (seize the day) will experience more of these emotions than those with a negative disposition.

Are you chasing life or are you sitting back waiting for it to find you?


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2 Responses to “Are we happy yet?”

  1. Kindred Spirit Says:

    I usually pray for peace and joy in my life these days beacuse I viewed happiness to be fleeting, but after reading this I have a whole new perspective and preception of the word. You have a way of breaking down a subject, topic, a word and give it a whole new light. I had to go to my journal and write about this because it warmed my heart and made me think. Thank you and please keep it coming. You may not know it but you may be changing someones life for the better.

    • WorkLifeBankBalance Says:

      Thankyou for you wonderful comment. It’s really nice to know that there are people out there with a similar mindset and who appreciate the message. Thank you for taking the time to leave a message, it really made my day.

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