Happiness… Everyone has heard this word and experienced the sensations associated with it. Just someone thought about its meaning? Of course. Maybe it’s worth it for you? Perhaps you will say: “It’s easy!”. And maybe you will think about the question and discover something important, put your priorities again. This is not surprising.
The term “happiness” tortures the minds of scientists, philosophers, psychologists, theologians and ordinary people for more than one hundred years. But, fortunately or unfortunately, there is no definition of happiness that satisfies all people. The most common answer to the question: “What is happiness?” “Happiness is a state of mind.” The most sincere, in my opinion, definition gives the British Encyclopedia: “Happiness is one of the most difficult to understand words.” The philosophical dictionary gives such an interpretation: “Happiness is inner satisfaction with
life, the consciousness of the fullness of one’s being, the realization of goals.” And, getting acquainted with these definitions, we are more and more in doubt: how to correctly answer this question?
For example, if a person is delighted with the fact that what he has longed for has come true, will he not be happy? Yes. And if people close to you now are doing well, are not you happy with this? And again, yes. There are a thousand such affirmative questions. But if a person has a large amount of money, he will be happy from this? This question can not be solved by an unambiguous answer. “Yes” can be obtained from the younger generation. At a more mature person who really experienced happy moments in life, the question of material prosperity is not so acute. I do not know whether it can be called wisdom or “the ability to understand” in happiness, and it’s not very important, because it’s still the same.
There is one interesting fact: scientists, despite all the nebulosity and uncertainty about the word “happiness”, calculated that most often the
child experiences joy. After all, a little man sees happiness in almost everything. As a person grows up, it is more difficult for a person to catch a happy moment, although such moments do not decrease at all. Probably, there are reasons for this, and everyone has their own. Perhaps you will deny it and to some extent you will be right. Well, every person is different.
I consider happiness to be the health and well-being of my loved ones, my family. It’s great when you are surrounded by your loved ones and they are all wonderful. They are cheerful and share their positive emotions with everyone around them. It makes you feel better and you become cheerful. If one of them has a misfortune, then what kind of happiness will it be for you? I think that in this case you will also feel general oppression and try to help this person dear to you. Personally, I would say that it is impossible to be happy among unfortunate people, if you are even familiar with them. I want to help someone who is in trouble. And what a joy you experience if it works out. And with you, of course, it happened more than once.
So, there is not much you need to be happy, it can be “caught by the tail” every day, every hour. It’s sunlight, and the smile of a completely unfamiliar person, and just a joy from the fact that you live. For you, happiness, it may well be, is another. I do not know if I was able to achieve the goal that I set myself before I could sit down to write the article, could I make you think about what happiness is and re-prioritize your priorities. I do not want to impose my opinion on you, but I completely agree with R. Hubbart, the famous American researcher, the founder of the science of the human mind and practical spiritual philosophy: happiness is for everyone, and you must decide what will make you happy.