Happiness (n.): the state of being happy.
Okay. So what, then, is happy?
Happy (adj.): feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.
That’s how dictionary.com defines it at least.
Let’s take a look at how some great thinkers of the world define happiness:
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“To have to fight the instincts– that is the definition of decadence: as long as life is ascending, happiness equals instinct.” – Friedrich Nietzche
“Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” – Aristotle
“The secret to happiness is freedom.. and the secret to freedom is courage.” – Thucydides
“Happiness is not pleasure– it is victory.” – Zig Ziglar
“It is neither wealth nor splendor but tranquility and occupation which gives you happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson
With so many roads and so many ways to pursue happiness, no wonder people get lost trying to find the ever elusive “happy place.” Some people have noble ways of pursuing happiness while others find it at the bottom of a bottle or the whir of spinning reels or whatever else gives them temporary pleasure. Like so many others, I’ve even confused and tied happiness to external things.
It wasn’t until I pursued my goals that I began to understand what happiness is to me.
The only way to find great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the year rolls on.” – Steve Jobs
Happiness is a personal choice.
I’m sure I’m going to refine what happiness means to me as I get older and as my priorities change, but as of now, here’s how I define it:
My happy place is in the process of creation. Creating something that people can benefit from. Something that people can take and run with whether it’s an idea, a product, or a platform. Something that just brings people closer to the life they want.
That is what brings me happiness. Creation=happiness. And I think it’s worth mentioning that the feeling of satisfaction that comes with doing what makes you happy is the best, bar none. You just feel so right within your being.
I encourage you to find whatever it is that makes you feel life. I don’t care what it is. If you’re trying to do better for yourself, who’s got the right to judge your hustle?
You’re free to create your own paradise.