Our experiences reshape the way we think about happiness. What do I mean by that?
Think about it, at what point in time were you the happiest? How do you know that you won't be happier doing something different that you have never done before.
No two people are alike, thus no two things can give people equal amount of happiness. For you happiness could mean buying a new car, or new clothes, by the way this kind of happiness is short term. Happiness could also manifest from helping someone else out, spending time with your loved one's creating memories with family and friends, or just simply enjoying the beauty of nature.
Whatever happiness is to you, may not be the same as to the person beside you. We are all unique, as the old saying goes, no two fingerprints are alike.
We conducted a school project dedicated to this subject and it was interesting to discover that when strangers were asked "what does happiness mean to them?", some had a really hard time figuring it out.
I mean what is so hard about figuring out what happiness means to you? Go ahead and ask the next person you run into and see how long it takes for them to answer this. Also take notice to how they come back with more content after revealing their first answer to you.
This question does not get asked regularly, which I think it should be, and people start filtering in there mind what happiness really means to them. There is obvious answers, but the most meaningful ones are the less obvious ones.
Happiness to me means being in a state of awareness, being conscious of what is happening within and around me. Being in the present moment. Think about it, when you are not aware you start to doubt yourself if you got something done. How can you be happy when you doubt yourself?
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert is a fantastic read about happiness, he really puts it into perspective as to what happiness is and is not. I will share a brief summary in my must reads.
It is a good read to understand the psychology behind it and how and what influences us to be happy.
What you thought about happiness is skewed. Thanks to Media, T.V., Movies our idea of happiness is not what it actually is.
I have more to say on this subject, but I will leave it at this right now and we will come back to it another time.