What’s your own definition of HAPPINESS? When or at what state can you say “I AM HAPPY”?
Questions that bear millions of answers and yet, for some, it seemed far-fetched and close to impossible to achieve.
By Merriam-Webster’s definition:
hap·pi·ness [noun \ˈha-pē-nəs\]
: the state of being happy
As defined by a few of my favorite authors:
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
“True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Continuing on browsing through the ever reliable Google, I found what I believed to be the best definition of ‘HAPPINESS’:
“Maybe happiness didn’t have to be about the big, sweeping circumstances, about having everything in your life in place. Maybe it was about stringing together a bunch of small pleasures. Wearing slippers and watching the Miss Universe contest. Eating a brownie with vanilla ice cream. Getting to level seven in Dragon Master and knowing there were twenty more levels to go.
Maybe happiness was just a matter of the little upticks- the traffic signal that said “Walk” the second you go there- and downticks- the itch tag at the back of your collar- that happened to every person in the course of the day. Maybe everybody had the same allotted measure of happiness within each day.
maybe it didn’t matter if you were a world-famous heartthrob or a painful geek. Maybe it didn’t matter if your friend was possibly dying.
Maybe you just got through it. Maybe that was all you could ask for.” ― Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Every single day, there’s indeed a lot to be thankful for that’s enough to make you happy. Thankful for that one more episode of your favorite series that you don’t want to end, for that special message received from a good friend who lives in a different continent, for a good cup of coffee that helps you get through a tough morning at work, for non-working holidays that allow you to sleep in, for that small post-it note from a colleague that sends a smile on your face, for that good laugh you had from sharing silly stories with your friends, and so much more.
HAPPINESS need not be grand nor expensive; it could be as simple as being grateful for the small details that made you feel good each day and choosing to see the good in every bad situation and appreciating even the difficult people that you meet. In the end, it’s always a matter of perspective and a matter of choice.
“Wealth can also be that attitude of gratitude with which we remind ourselves everyday to count our blessings.”
― Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness