These days I ponder over this question a lot, what is happiness? Everyone wants to be happy all the time, literally every single second. No one wants to be sad or be in a miserable state for a prolonged period of time. This is even a life goal to some; be happy or do what makes you happy. But has anyone ever thought about “What does happiness mean?” or “How can one measure happiness?”.
People often confuse sensory pleasures with happiness like eating good food makes me happy, doing workout makes me happy, hanging out with loved ones makes me happy. But aren’t these all related to just external stimuli. When your happiness is dependent on outward circumstances, how can that be called happiness? Isn’t it called excitement that’s happening in your mind and body for a limited period of time. This excitement dies down after some moments. But isn’t happiness something beyond excitement!? Isn’t happiness something that has a lot to do with your inner state?
Some people assume happiness as life without problems. But is that even possible, Having a life without problems!!? Buddhism emphasizes a lot on Impermanence and Change. Which literally translates to Life is full of change just like weather. No weather no matter how good or terrible it is , isn’t going to last forever. Even if you have a life without problems and challenges, then where would be the scope for you to grow as a person? As everyone says failure and problems teach you a lot compared to success and comforts.
Then what is happiness? Even I don’t have an answer for this question. But one thing is for sure, a lot of us misinterpret pleasure and absence of problems as Happiness. But, Happiness is something sacred, something beyond the sensual pleasure and worldly excitements. Hope to find an answer to my question soon!! 🙂