>> Monday, February 15, 2010
Happiness does not lie in objects of enjoyment because happiness is a state of mind. Happiness is a pleasant emotion made out of contentment, love, joy, inner peace and fulfillment.
Many people tried to define happiness throughout history. Philosophers and religious thinkers often define happiness in terms of living a good life, or flourishing, rather than simply as an emotion. On the other hand, positive psychology defines happiness as consisting of positive emotions and positive activities. Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology says happiness disolves into positive emotions, engagement and meaning.
Happiness is a choice you have to make. Happiness is a state of being only you can create as you manufacture your own happiness every single moment. That's because happiness is not pleasure although they can appear similar. Happiness has an internal source while pleasure has an external source. Happiness is a belief born inside your mind.
Happiness is not the satisfaction of whatever irrational wishes you might blindly attempt to enjoy. Happiness is a state of non-contradictory joy - a joy without penalty or guilt... Happiness is possible only to the rational man... Happiness is a long lasting enjoyment of life, it is being in love with living.
As John Homer Miller said, our living is determined not so much by what life brings to us as by the attitude we bring to life; not so much by what happens to us as by the way our mind looks at what happens.