The pursuit of happiness…
Have you ever wondered “Why can’t I be happy in life?” or “How could I be even happier?”
Is there really such a thing as happiness? And if so, how can I be happy in life, “concretely”?
Join me here and now as I share my personal views and some of my favorite quotes on happiness in this article.
Put on your explorer hat as you may find new doors to enter and new territories to explore…
- Can I be Happy in Life?
- What is Happiness?
- Happy Life Quotes: Happiness and Joy
- My Personal Experience of Joy and Happiness
- Stop Pursuing, Start Enjoying…
- My Secret
Can I be Happy in Life?
When we look within ourselves and around us, it is easy to see a lot of unhappiness. Do we actually personally know ANYONE who is truly happy ALL the time? In these circumstances, it is easy to come to the conclusion that constant happiness is unattainable.
At the same time, many people, including myself, do not want to give up. We engage into the pursuit of happiness, trying out various ways to reach our goal: spirituality and religion, meditation, yoga, self-expression, self-improvement, self-realization, service… but do we really know what happiness actually is?
What is Happiness?
Happiness means so many different things to different people but most of us would agree that happiness is linked with how we feel inside. And most of us would link happiness with the feeling of Joy.
To me Joy can be a lot easier to identify. When I feel joy, I generally smile or laugh, my eyes are shining, and time flies.
So, here is my question to you… What brings YOU joy? What makes your eyes shine and your mouth smile? When do you forget all about time? Is it when you listen to music or play an instrument? Is it when you are with the people you love? Is it when you are praying or meditating? Please share your answers with me in the comments.
Happy Life Quotes: Happiness and Joy
Happiness and Joy have been topics of discussion and reflection for centuries. Here are some of my favorite quotes. What are YOUR favorite happiness quotes? Please share them with me in the comments.
“Joy gives us wings! In times of joy our strength is more vital, our intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded. We seem better able to cope with the world and to find our sphere of usefulness.” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” Guillaume Apollinaire
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” Helen Keller
“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” Aristotle
“All men seek one goal : success or happiness. The only way to achieve true success is to express yourself completely in service to society. First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal-a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.” Aristotle
“It’s the moments that I stopped just to be, rather than do, that have given me true happiness.” Richard Branson
Go on and share YOUR favorite happiness quotes with me in the comments.
My Personal Experience of Joy and Happiness
Over the years, I have been blessed to make many mistakes and learn from them. I was also blessed with the ability to learn from other people’s experiences, which did save me a lot of trouble! Combined with an eternal enthusiasm for learning and an experimental mind, I have learned many things in many areas of life, including that of happiness and joy.
This post is too short to give more details but I shall share more about my quest, my findings and my reflections on later posts, in the hope that it may serve you to progress on YOUR personal quest to experience more joy and happiness in your life.
There is a joyful song I learned a few years ago which goes like this: “The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. And the way to be happy is to make others happy and to bring a little heaven down here.” I was looking for it on YouTube and found out that this was an adaptation from a children’s song with slightly different lyrics, but close enough… enjoy!
I do believe that making others happy may be ONE way to be happy. I also believe there are other ways. I invite you to join me on this quest to explore and experience more and more happiness. I truly believe that Joy is a guide in our life. I invite you to experiment various ways to experience more Joy and to share the results of your experimentation in the comments.
In the process of doing research to write this article, I came across a very interesting website called “The Pursuit of Happiness – Bringing the science of happiness to life” which you may enjoy exploring too. Let me know in the comments if you enjoy this site and if you would recommend other sites on the topic of happiness.
Stop Pursuing, Start Enjoying…
Words we use have so much power… the very expression “the pursuit of happiness” implies the act of going after something that we do not have yet.
Maybe it is time to stop “pursuing” happiness? Maybe it is time to start enjoying it every time we experience it, even if it is for just a few seconds? And when we do so, to “program” ourselves for more by asking “How do I get more of this?”
So here is my earlier question again: What brings YOU joy? What makes your eyes shine and your mouth smile? When do you forget all about time? And what could you do to do more of it? Please share your answers with me in the comments.
I would like to end this article by sharing a happy song with short and simple happy lyrics : “Be Happy” by Max Weigert.
In my next article “Can you be happy in life? Looking for guidance…“, I shall look at some of the guidance already available out there to guide us on our quest…
To our happiness!
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