When we look at literature about happiness we find many rational and psychological theories. We can even look at levels of happiness (s.a. Pleasure, Passion and Purpose). Someone even managed to give a value (98% of the world population claims that they are happy). When we look at the popular Venn theory of happiness we see the following elements:
Is the theory equivalent to what happiness really is?
Interestingly the drawings of the Mexican young children show three important elements for their happiness. Number 1 is “family”. Number 2 is “home” (a safe place, building, to feel at home) and number 3 is friends. After that we see elements like “adventure”.
Another anology is that happiness is a permanent illumination in the darkness. Stardust has come alive due to awareness driven merging of a few molecules or cells. In a way they were sparked in the dark. Illuminated life continues, grows and is by definition happy. Happy to be able to observe, to be aware, to make choices, to reflect, to use our senses, to meet and connect with other people, with other energies and take joy of such encounters. We tend to turn our back to happiness when negative emotions penetrate our wellbeing and disturb our happiness. We can sense obligations, negative stress, disturbing emotions, competition, desires, fears, etc. That does not mean that our happiness does not exists, it just means that we are distracted due to circumstances and other thoughts.
We tend to take our happiness for granted and spend more time in dealing with unhappiness. However, 99% of our unhappiness is not related to the moment we live. It is related to past events and future worries. We can teach ourselves to undo ourselves from a large part of this unhappiness. When asked then people are reminded of their happiness and tend to acknowledge. When not asked we tend to distract into happiness unless we do an effort to to remind ourselves.
Many of our current societies are built around our senses of unhappiness, those worries, those perceptions of problems that may affect life, those fears. “May”, because fear is often our main cause of unhappiness, even though the reason for the fear is not real (yet). It is a make belief. Happiness is not a make belief. Anyone can stop the time, sit or stand, meditate and sense happiness, even under the most harsh circumstances. Happiness has to do with gratitud, with satisfaction, the moment now, the connection to once inner source of light, purpose and (well) being. Happiness is the intense experience of the love to live.
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