define happiness
“Here comes the sun.” (PC: Koren Delos Santos)

Define happiness.

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.

20 thoughts on “H-A-P-P-I-N-E-S-S

  1. I’m really glad you made this post. I kept thinking and asking myself if I should actually get a dog, but the responsibilities of taking care of one has always pulled me away from it. Now that I read your post, I realized that in order to even find happiness, the process of doing something and finding the silver lining underneath of all the heavy responsibilities is much more important. Because dogs do actually make me happy.

    Thank you for this post =]

    1. Hello! You’re absolutely right! At least for me, the joys that dogs give make the responsibilities worth it. I have a Rottweiler and German Shepherd mix and I used to have a Pitbull and a Golden Retriever. It’s unreal how much they become a part of your family and your daily life.

      Good luck on making the decision of being a dog owner! Keep me posted! 😀

  2. Absolutely love this! Love the quotes the most.
    Steve Jobs is a tremendous inspiration in my entrepreneurial ventures. Thank you for the quote. I’ve been trying to find what I love and like he said, “Don’t settle.”
    I also agree with your definition of happiness as creating. I feel most at home and joy when I create writing (specifically poetry). Creating to me is like a puzzle that solves a problem. When the problem is solved, it brings a euphoric feeling of happiness like, “Aha, I figured it out through this thing that I have created and let me share it.” lol

    1. Hi Seth! I’m glad you resonate with the post. 😀 It took a while for me to just go ahead and pursue my passion and I’m really glad I did although it didn’t come without resistance. There’s still some I gotta do away with but I just pay no mind lol. And, yep! It definitely does feel like a puzzle haha.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  3. This is a beautiful post and you have a beautiful smile. I love all the great quotes although I think I like Nietzche’s the best. I am pretty sure I posted about that fine gentleman before. Thank you for all you do to help make this planet a happy place. You are not alone in this quest. Namaste.

    1. Hi Brent! Thank you for stopping by and for the compliment as well! 🙂

      I love Nietzche’s work also and good to know you resonate with my mission! Thanks again!

  4. Very inspirational. I think that everyone can take something away from this post. Things that will help them find their own happiness and their own definition of it instead of relying completely on others and the many different definitions of happiness. Finding your own “happy place” is a million times better than trying to use somebody else’s happy place. Great post!

    1. Hey Garrett! You’re absolutely right! Following what makes one happy is always a win in my book. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  5. Hi Amiel, great post! Thanks for sharing those inspiring quotes! It’s good to read them every then and now too be inspired.

    I don’t if this counts but I feel extremely happy when I play soccer, even when my head is full of problem a soccer ball in my feet will make me forget all those problems!

    Another thing is when I help someone with something especially if I donate something to a poor person.

    The satisfaction you feel is huge!

    Thanks for sharing this great post and have a great day! 🙂

    1. Hi Anis! Those definitely count! 🙂 I feel the same way when I’m swimming laps in a pool. It feels like all is right with the world. I used to compete back in HS and I think the love of swimming stayed with me to this day. It’s good to hear about you donating to someone less fortunate. We need more of you in the world for sure! I totally agree with the feeling of satisfaction.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

  6. I have lived the early part of my life as a happy go lucky little…I don’t even know what to call it and although I found that to be fun and exciting I have finally found true happiness with my 4 children. So I guess “creation” does equal happiness, right? lol

    1. Hey John! Thank you for stopping by! And that is hilarious and so very true, lol!

      “Creation” really does equal happiness then. 😀

  7. It’s great that you are able to clarify happiness and make it known that not everyone’s happiness is the same. To be honest, I’m not quite sure that I know what my happiness is. I am generally happy but I don’t have one specific thing that makes me happy as yet. I’m hoping that I am able to figure it out as time goes on. Maybe achieving success would be that one, specific point of happiness for me and I truly hope that I would be able to achieve my happiness.

    1. Hi Lindsey! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. 🙂

      Being generally happy is a great starting point. Nobody can be happy 100% as I’m sure you know, but what I’ve found is places can also make people happy. New York City and Key West do it for me. I just feel so right and so alive when I visit and that’s when I get a TON of inspiration and it usually results on something making me happy for a period of time. Happiness can also be fleeting depending on what you attach it to. I’ve realized that when I feel right with myself, that amplifies my happiness with everything else.

      Keep striving to achieve your happiness! You can definitely get there!

  8. I so needed this today! I’m feeling slightly depressed and struggling with a lot of conflicting emotions after loosing a dog and then having to look after somebody else’s! For me, animals make me happy- but then you loose one and it is so hard. You start to question whether it is worth it!

    1. Hi Emma! I am so sorry to hear about your dog. 🙁 I know how emotional it can get- I lost my pitbull to cancer a few months ago. In my case, I think it was worth it. We rescued her from a shelter after being taken from an abusive owner. I can only imagine the life she would’ve had otherwise.

      I’m sure you take great care of your pets as well and being able to do that for an animal is surely worth it. 🙂 I hope you feel better soon!

        1. Very true! It is a sucky feeling as they grow to be so much a part of the family. It’s almost like losing a family member.

  9. Hi Amiel,
    I love this post! It really is so important to find something you love! If you don’t you will surely end up unhappy. I am in the process of trying to make that happen and I think I am getting there. Thanks for this post, it makes me feel like I’m doing the right thing!

    1. Hi Katie! That really makes me happy to hear! 😀 Sometimes when I doubt my path or when I think I’m crazy for venturing out on my own path, I remember what Steve Jobs said, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” I usually use that quote as a guide whenever I feel unhappy.

      Also, best of luck in finding your “happy” place. I’m sure you’ll get there as well! 😀

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