What does it mean to he happy?
What things really make you happy? And what is it like to be happy?
Happiness is how one feels (in a particular moment in time).
A feeling of having whatever you wanted and feeling satisfied.
Everyone is just one phone call away being told something that could change their mood. The sudden loss of a loved one, a car accident, or being fired would instantly change one's state of being. Emotions come in waves and aren't a permanent state.
An unemployed person discovers he has the winning lottery ticket would go from feeling hopelessness and despair to jumping for joy. Nothing good or bad lasts forever.
It's all temporary just as our own lives are temporary.
Whatever we're presently feeling is just a "snapshot" of a moment in our lives. Life is a series of moments in time.
The great thing about accepting this as fact is if we're feeling "unhappy" this too is just for (this moment) in time.
No one knows what tomorrow will bring!
True happiness comes from within. It is at the core of our existence.
We are born with this inner pilot light, and we must care for our mind, heart, and soul in order to be truly happy.
Sometimes, we let let other outside things control our happiness. We should not do this. You are in charge of your own happiness, only you.
We need to let go of negative thoughts, emotions, and feelings to be truly happy. It is there within you, waiting to be discovered.
Sometimes, we just need to do the work to get there by learning how to release all the negative talk or noise within ourselves.
Happiness is that state of being when you don't want to be in another state. This from Polly Young-Eisendrath in her TEDx-Middlebury Talk. It's pretty hard to top.
Another way of looking at it is to be involved in something pleasurable or satisfying where you are TOTALLY in the moment, and not looking forward towards its giving you something better in the future. No agenda.
It will be a personal journey to you and you will definitely experience it and feel it, in a way which is familiar to you. My own experience gels with the words and experience of the Seers, in so far as I feel it as the experience of an inner state. It is an inner thrill; a tiny flame which grows with inner experiences and manifests itself in terms of Joy; Poise; Equilibrium; Love ... a glowing and radiant face ...
There may be outer problems or setbacks, but for one who knows how to look, it can easily be seen in the eyes, the seat of the Soul. Happiness has varying degrees and will decrease or increase according to outer circumstances. One may feel elated with a marriage or the birth of a child or sad and depressed because of bereavement, illness, loss of partnership and so forth. These are the transient or temporary forms.
Actually, it can also prepare one for the higher stages of happiness, where noisy things may happen on the outside, but the inner being remains peaceful. One arrives at that state due to intense prayer, selflessness and the love of mankind, which in themselves require an inner energy which comes from within; which some call Grace.
For this, receptivity is needed and receptivity requires a broad and open Heart; an expansive, not narrow life or selfishness; Gratitude to Something Higher and a constant daily practice of virtuous acts, assisting growth in this evolutionary cycle. Happiness cannot be found outside of the Will of the cosmic plan.
Finally, happiness is everyone's birthright. We are all flames of the divine, in isolation and trying to find our way home. The nearer we are to this Haven, the more our contentment increases. Much Love.
Very profound and I'd say it was based on your personal experience. Thank you for sharing this. As it has been said so many times: "Happiness is an inside job." It's taking a while, but more and more humans are now coming to believe this.
You do have some beautiful and inspirational answers yourself. God bless your noble Heart.
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