Is Happiness What You Think It Is?
Lately I’ve been running into the elusive concept of “happiness.” Besides media, friends, and family refering to the idea, I would love to help my kids get closer to such a thing in their own lifetime. But when confronted with choices about how to find happiness, people sometimes make decisions that confuse me.
Ok, so happiness isn’t the same to everyone. Got that. And I’m sure there isn’t a magic recipe. But how do people define a “happy marriage,” or what does “I’ve found happiness” mean? I consider myself in a “happy marriage,” but it is a lot of work, and it doesn’t mean I wake up singing and whistling everyday. I worry about people who are looking for happiness, and I have to think that the disappointment people have, might be because they are looking for something that doesn’t really exist. I want to raise children who are happy, but I feel silly even saying such a thing. They would be better off if I focused on things like hope and faith and kindness and compassion.
If you feel like commenting, share your thoughts on the topic. I’m interested in an off-the-cuff response, something short and sweet and from your gut. If someone is looking for “happiness,” what is it they want?