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I believe in happiness.

      I believe in happiness as a state of one’s being and not an emotion that disappears overtime. But I also believe that most human beings do not know how to be happy.

As people and as somewhat needy and materialistic animals we possess an immense need to find happiness and keep it for as long as we can. That being said, when we think of contentment we think of it as a bar of wet soap that might slip out of our hands if we do not grasp it firmly, and this is exactly the problem at hand. We always expect “happiness” to just pop out of nowhere and then poof away in no time. But what if we just stop for a moment and think that perhaps if we accepted happiness as a permanent state of one’s being instead of part of a mere ever-changing emotion, then maybe we will learn to be happy for a very long period of time.

       Let’s take this analogy: Happiness is much like a rabbit. You chase it and you chase it, in high hopes of maybe catching it, but… Once you do catch it, you fear that it will slip away because it might not be compatible with your lifestyle, or some other excuse we like to cook up to limit ourselves from the greatest things. Now, if we look at a “happy” person’s perspective, we will see that a happy person will not chase the rabbit by any means. A “happy” person will simply lure it into their home by giving it every opportunity to enter, and by doing some the rabbit will stay at that person’s place, because it will now have no reason to leave the welcoming heart of someone who would go out of their way to cherish and understand life’s wonders.

This was supposed to be my speech for school, but o3o"
Since I haven't uploaded anything much, I decided to do so with this piece because it's so--

Enjoy with a piece of dark chocolate. :giggle:

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kushamisaru Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
this is really pretty. I like it :)
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MysticalSassmachine Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Arigatou gozaimasu~ :blush:You're too kind.
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kushamisaru Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome!
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ThePhantasmKnight Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Very good, but let us propose a different approach to the idea of emotions.
Let us say, perhaps, that emotions are a sort of light. You have many different colors of light and each one possesses properties, shades, and hues. Now, let us take in moods; but, first, let us define the difference between the two. Emotions are, by biological fact, short lived. We do not experience them forever. Moods, by more philosophical theory, are long-lived and can last a very long time. So, if emotions are light, then moods would be colored lenses. If we look through a colored lens, the world becomes tinted with that color. In this way, you can now understand how people that become angry can feed that anger, when you put on red lenses, everything seems very red.

Now, if we keep with the metaphor, let us say that sunlight is peace, yes? It doesn't really have a color because it is white. White light is the presence of all colors in the spectrum, and as such, can't really be seen unless hindered by water or gas. So we shall say peace is white light and that a peaceful mood is the lack of any sort of lens. Now, if we are at peace, and we have no lenses on, let us add to the metaphor and say that we see a table before us with all different kinds of lenses that can be put on at any time.

In this way, I have described being at peace as a way of entering a state where happiness can be chosen over any other emotion. Happiness may not be everlasting, but it's effects and the choice to partake in it often can be. I know I certainly wouldn't want to feel happy ALL the time, I like the moments of calm and peace as well.

Just my food for thought. Enjoy.
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MysticalSassmachine Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
n.n Thank you for your thoughtful comment~ I can see your perspective and it's really interesting. >///< I love your metaphor o.o" The way you describe things makes me so envious QwQ
I haven't thought about moods, to be honest, but I guess I should have, just to make it a little bit more specific. ^0^
Of course, one wouldn't want to feel happy all the time, but sometimes people tend to retreat to their little worlds and stew in their misery without thinking about how awesome-sauce life could be xD
Thankchuu once again! c:
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ThePhantasmKnight Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Indeed they do!

And no problem, I've had years and years and years of practice. :P

You did an EXCELLENT job, so no worries. =]
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MysticalSassmachine Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
T^T irealizeithankedyoutoomuchbutthankyouforthethirdtimesenpai~
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ThePhantasmKnight Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Hahaha, any time, really. I'm always here for random questions and discussions and what not. =D

No need to thank me. It's what I do. =]
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theautumnhue Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Adorable! :happybounce:
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MysticalSassmachine Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
>///< Thankyouohsoverymuch n.n :hug:
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