Our level of happiness isn’t about facts, friends or finances.
No more than it isn’t.
My point – we CAN be happy – or at least happier, when we decide to be. Don’t worry, be happy!
Happiness is obvious, unpretentious, unwrapped. Beautiful. A simple word. We know it when we see it, feel it when we feel it. Look around. Do you see it enough?
Unhappiness. Simple word too.
We know that when we feel it. Do we recognize its seeds being planted? Unhappiness, disguised – fakery, deceit’s many forms, denial, outright lies, fears, uncertainty. And doubt.
Describing or identifying happiness doesn’t mean we are happy.
Wishing for it doesn’t make us happy either. Yet we all know it’s all mental.
Some busy frustrated people might argue they don’t have time for that. Too many problems to solve, too much stress, too many things needing attention, they don’t have time to be happy, let alone manage time to try being happier …
Bhutan doesn’t measure GDP (gross national product) but rather their GNH (gross national happiness). And they’ve marketed well. They’ve boosted their primary industry – tourism, and that seems to be making them happy …
I’ve read a lot more – and enjoyed a lot more – about happiness when I’ve been happy. When I’m happy, I find my appreciation for happiness improves substantially. Not to say unhappy moments, events – and unhappy people don’t darken my day … they still show up, but their impact on me is minimal.
morning walk: 8C/47F, light clouds – traffic noise building, a little breeze – perfect fall morning for strolling the neighbourhood and letting recent events percolate in my mind. Gusta was happy I was lost in thought because she got a longer walk than usual – must go, meeting downtown … tic toc …