What do you think? Do you dare accept true happiness into your life? Do share your keys to happiness!
Well, what do I know about authentic happiness? It's not as if they sell this kind of happiness at the local store, is it. Yes, you can probably find an fix of 'happiness' at Tesco or Walmart - a pair of new shoes, a fine wine at 50% off, etc. - but you'll be looking for a long time for happiness with an authentic flavour, I'm sure.
Well, a bit like 'unconditional
love' versus love (i.e. real love is unconditional), I believe that true
happiness is authentic - anything else is a 'knock off'.
So, what is happiness?
Well happiness doesn't depend on 'things'; e.g.
Why are you happy, then? You just are! Now that's happiness!
It's about accepting yourself, your life, your situation, and enjoying all of these things without wishing for more...
"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude."
-- Denis Waitley
The art of happiness?
This can be described in one word: acceptance - acceptance of what is. It can be further described via the words, 'ease' and 'flow' and 'allowing. And it can be experienced as the art of not doing anything out of need - you do things because you want to do them, with no expectations on the outcome.
The point of the ride is the ride, as spiritual author Jed McKenna once put it. Or, more succinctly:
"If you're doing things in order to be happy, you're doing them in the wrong order" -- Michael Neill
So, the key to happiness?
The key to happiness is to stop pursuing it, to realise instead that happiness awaits... within!
Or at least I think it is, I could easily be mistaken! You might actually be able to buy it after all, at Walmart, and I just didn't look hard enough!
Hmm. What do you think about this thing called happiness?
: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment
- a book about it by Martin
Seligman that you can buy from Amazon. Genetics
play a part, apparently, but then it's all down to 'circumstances' and 'voluntary
(Find this book on Amazon!)