Happiness has been a controversial topic for many years now. Some people believe it is an end goal while others take it as the beginning point to greatness. People usually draw happiness from different things. Generally, happiness has to do with an emotional and mental state of welfare that can be characterized through pleasant and positive emotion such as contentment and joy. However, happiness and its sources have been defined differently based on religious, biological, philosophical and psychological grounds. This essay seeks to demystify the puzzle about happiness and how it is attained.
One of the strongest theories used to discuss about happiness is positive psychology that has focused on cognition, personality and mood. Every person has an innate sunny disposition. However, researchers from different backgrounds believe that human beings can learn how to create more meaning and gratification in life. So, what is happiness? Can there be one definite statement used to define it? Well, most people believe that it is the thought of having a good life without suffering, having pleasure, prosperity and joy among other such like things. However, that cannot be enough to define happiness. May be it is just a part of it. People can still be happy even without material wealth. Again, not all rich people are happy. Therefore, happiness is more than what we think. It is not an end goal. Basically, it is something that is continuous and is founded on certain truths that go beyond having pleasure and getting tangible things that we ever wanted.
In the United States, the pursuit of happiness is considered a fundamental right for the Americans and has deeply preoccupied their minds. However, not every person understands what happiness is all about. Can it be studied or were people born with it? Is there a way people can be happier? It is not easy to define happiness because it is very elusive to attain it. People experience moments of happiness and can also say when they don’t feel happy. Positive psychology is a science that focuses on the virtues and strengths that make it possible for people to thrive. Happiness comes with the discovery of individual strengths and reinforcing them in life. It is a psychological wellbeing that brings internal satisfaction and not necessarily with the presence of material things. Happiness is pleasurable but most importantly, it involves engagement and finding meaning in life. People can choose to be happy even when all does not seem to work materially.
Together with the purpose of life, happiness has always been one of the central questions of philosophy, always remaining the object of definition and never being actually defined. Knowing of this, I do not suppose that my own idea of happiness has something new and original about it; on the contrary, I am quite sure that millions of people before me had expressed the similar thought; but it is still my idea.
In my opinion, happiness is the state of turning one’s dreams and wishes into reality; and not even the state, but process, because human is so constructed as not to be able to stop at what has been accomplished. One man shouldn’t have one dream; moreover, he shouldn’t have dreams at all. A real man should have goals, purposes, the ones that he is able to achieve or makes himself able to achieve and, after doing so, chooses another purpose and goes on turning it into reality.
One cannot be happy and idle. Even if somebody really thinks that one can be happy without doing any kind of objective work, it is self-delusion – if you ever get into a situation when you don’t have to do anything, even if the circumstances are pleasant, you will very soon understand what a real hell is. In order to be happy, a man must work – but not work in the sense of attending some firm and doing the same thing every day – in the sense of doing something that has clear periods, points of achievement, results, improvements and so on.
Happiness is always based on…