I am reading Gretchen Rubin's best seller The Happiness Project. It made me question what is happiness and how do we attain it?
I can hear my grandmother saying from the grave, "Happy Shmappy, who cares? As long as you are healthy and have food on your table."
We are a culture fixated in the pursuit of happiness. I feel happy when my life is going smoothly without hiccups. When my loved ones are doing well and not complaining. I am happy when I hear music that makes me want to dance and sing. When a project I am working on is completed and a success in my eyes. I am happy when I am with people I enjoy and we are sitting around shooting the breeze and laughing till tears come out our eyes.
When I feel sad and the mood passes I feel happy. Our emotions go up and down, peaks and valleys When I accept that the lows will soon turn to highs and vice versa then I feel less anxious. I forget quickly when I am happy how it feels to be down . And when I am down I forget how it felt to feel happy.
The moments that I cherish the most are when my soul is quiet and still. It is then that I can appreciate and acknowledge all the blessings in my life. This is the most powerful emotion of all and I call it Peace.