Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Why is happiness elusive?


Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get’ – W.P. Kinsella

Henry David Thoreau once expressed , Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder…”.

 

While resolving the idea of happiness being an elusive entity, we view it in a negative connotation or context. With the accelerated pain present around us nowadays, many of us are inclined to consider happiness as being insubstantial. It would be pertinent to think “How can happiness prevail when there is sorrow in the world?”. While religion and philosophy have tried unsuccessfully to settle this dilemma for centuries. I can only humbly propagate, that despite all the suffering in the world, happiness is still an attainable goal. How is what you may think?

 

It is common to see the phenomenon across socio economic strata where happiness prevails when people’s basic needs are met. Contrary to the upper strata where daily life is chaotic with high rates of stress and anxiety as a consequence of a demanding lifestyle. Success and happiness are the two terms that get grossly misunderstood by most while people chase former and treat it as driver of the latter. The core may lie in discovering ‘what do you want?’

 

Since our minds are continually preoccupied by the environmental chaos, it makes it harder to even recognize what is happiness for us. Pursuing happiness may rest in letting go of needless distractions. Toxic thoughts, dysfunctional behaviours, disempowering emotions, destructive relationships, events, commitments, etc.. creating tranquillity for happiness to thrive. Our awareness needs to be channelized into worthwhile experiences which afford us joy and happiness instead.

 

While exploring awareness to our suffering and those of others, we lose sight of happiness as an achievable objective. Happiness cannot be a transitory experience when we direct our focu towards it. People suppose happiness will miraculously transform their life once it is attained. Hence they trek far and wide in search of happiness, only to discover that it is contained within. The view that happiness is elusive originates from our inability to hold our concentration on it long enough. If we believe happiness is an unattainable goal, we reject it as an idea, thus keeping it elusive. The truth is, it is possible to be happy, but the answers emanate within one self.

 

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