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.