What exactly is happiness?
Every human being can define happiness differently, in particular what it is that makes them happy, it is understood that there are a variety of different definitions on what exactly it means to be happy or what it is that keeps one happy. The universal definition of happiness states that happiness is an active or passive state of pleasure, joy, exhilaration, bliss, contentedness, delight, enjoyment, satisfaction. For some happiness can be as simple as material possessions and money, for others it is food and water. Does that then not mean that happiness is based on ones socioeconomic role in society and their surroundings which are ultimately how us as humans determine what is means to be happy.
Happiness is a simple construct that was made by man and derived from the emotion happy, yet it is the one thing that determines whether ones life is worth it or not. Happiness shapes our careers, our relationships and most importantly an individual’s idea of self. I believe more so that the idea of happiness and what makes us happy is influenced by how society perceives things that are supposed to grant eternal happiness.
So then i ask myself after twenty three years of living, what is it that makes me happy and more so how do i keep and maintain these things because ultimately not one thing can make a person happy for eternity. We as humans change and evolve on an everyday basis, the idea of who we are changes constantly thus so does our happiness. As we change and develop, the things that once used to make us happy no longer do, we find ourselves seeking new things to make us happy. Regardless of the many changes i have experienced and will experience as a human i still ask myself how i can let my happiness be the center of all that i do, how can i let my happiness overcome the circumstances that life throws at me.
That my friends is what i believe it means to embody strength, it is in the power to maintain your own happiness no matter what life throws at you. It is part of the human experience to go through challenges however those moments and situations determine whether we will allow happiness to maintain its position in our lives, therefore we are in control of our own happiness. I believe that eternal happiness is found through the fundamental ideology of having a relationship with God, not only should God be sought for through all moments and cycles of life, but he should be the center of all that we do.