“I just want to be happy.”
How many times have you said that to yourself over the years? How many times have you found yourself feeling unhappy, wondering why and what you can do to turn it around?
We do back flips to harness that elusive emotion. We desperately strive to make money, buy stuff we don’t need, change our appearance, or find the love of our lives. And we work just as hard trying to prevent unhappiness by keeping the bad things at bay. If we control our lives properly, maybe we won’t have to deal with debt, divorce, illness, disappointment, failure, or stress.
Hundreds of books have been written about happiness and how to create it. Researchers have studied it and found the areas in the brain that stimulate it. Even our founding fathers proclaimed the pursuit of it as an inalienable right.
But that joyful emotion has a way of slipping in and out of our lives inexplicably. Some days we are brimming with it. Other days it feels we’ll never see it again. (more…)