It has come to my attention that happiness is no longer a feeling of bliss, enjoyment, nor is it a realistic ideal for the working class and impoverished. Our views on how to be happy as individuals and as a whole species has faltered over time due to the priorities of the public eye. So hopefully I can make sense of what happiness is.
It is believed that if you get everything that you want you will somehow obtain happiness, the kind we all wish and dream of. That sort of happiness is not sustainable because of two factors that keeping you from discovering happiness. Ego and Desire.
I = Ego, Want = Desire
We cannot gain everything we want so happiness cannot be obtained through ego and desire.
I + WANT ≠ Happiness
I believe it is safe to assume that a majority voice would say that we, mankind as a whole, want happiness through our entire lifetimes. We can express this infinitely.
I WANT HAPPINESS = ∞
If you were to rid yourself of worldly attachments and our egocentric ways, only then would you be able to obtain true happiness and sustain it throughout your entire life. As I have stated before, we cannot gain everything we want. So this is what we get when ego and desire are out of the equation.
Happiness = ∞
@goodnightrobots, You definitely helped to open mine! I completely agree with you though. Focusing on the wanting only creates the state of wanting – not the result. But as we were just talking about here: http://www.highexistence.com/topic/pursuit-of-happiness/ I think that happiness has become a synonym for material success/wealth and thereby serves to preserve society in its current state (no more wanting = no more prada, gucci, or mercedes). So on a large scale this mindset would be difficult to adopt, however, on an individual scale, we can change ourselves and thereby set into a effect a change in the world.
happiness is always within you. an emotion.. do you buy stuff to avoid envy?…you simply keep it dormant while you desire, stress and envy what others have….its only stuff…all of it grows old and always becomes useless…remember that video game that you had to be the first to conquer? seems silly now, doesnt it?
i find the best happiness in the little daily things i feel others miss…the laughter of a baby in the park….a homeless dude dancing at a bus stop (thank you alcohol)…people who honk at wave a sign spinners…
just get happy….nothing else can make you happy