What is happiness?
Websters defines happiness as: a state of well-being and contentment.
Let’s try to break that down.
A state of well-being. This is defined as: the state of being happy, healthy, or prosperous.
Contentment. This is defined as: a state of happiness and satisfaction.
Prosperous. This is defined as: successful in material terms; flourishing financially.
Healthy. This is defined as: normal, natural, and desirable.
And so on and so on and so on.
We each have our own inner definition of happiness. My happiness isn’t the same as your happiness. Right?
I feel the state of being happy when I kiss and hug my grandbabies. But that’s not everyone’s happiness. I don’t know when I feel like I am in an actual state of well-being. Is that horrible to say? I thoughts of self-doubt constantly. I struggle with feeling depressed, being enough. That isn’t a state of well-being.
When do I feel contentment? Do I feel it? Have I felt it? Or do I pretend I feel it because that means I’m happy.
Healthy. Ha, that I know I’m not. I eat too much, drink too much, weigh too much, stress too much, sleep to little, exercise to little. The list is endless. Would changing these things make me healthy and happy?
Desirable. Dear God, don’t even get me started on that one. No, I do not feel desirable. No, I do not feel I am desirable. I rely too much on others to make me feel that. It is not something I have ever found on my own.
I think I can lump prosperous, successful in material terms and flourishing financially all into one group. Do you agree? I feel I am prosperous in some ways as I am successful in material terms; meaning I have spent too much money on material items to make myself happy, which in turn means I am not flourishing financially.
So, am I destined not to be happy because there is no way I can ever meet all the definitions of happy?
Random thoughts on a dreary, rainy day.