“Man only likes to count his troubles;
he doesn’t calculate his happiness.”
~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky,
Notes from Underground
I just found out that the United Nations has officially declared March 20 as an International Day of Happiness and this year is the first celebration of this day.🙂
Happy First International Day of Happiness to everyone!!!🙂
We have a world full of all kinds of state authorities and institutions, where we can go to file our complaints, start disputes regarding everything and pour out our anger and rudeness in various forms.
We have a world, where dispute production authorities that feed themselves with verbal fighting are considered absolutely normal and legal.
Today I started thinking about all these authorities everywhere and it suddenly struck me – why is there no official (state provided) place to go if you want to share a word of kindness or gratitude, a piece of good news, a hug, a pat on the back or a laugh with someone.
Of course we can always share our positive emotions with family and friends, but why is there no state authority for positive information/ emotion if there is a state authority for just about everything negative?
Is the current world order created only for multiplying and recycling negativity?
I seriously do not understand why there is no Ministry of Kindness, Ministry of Joy or Happiness Supervisory Authority anywhere. Or at least positions for the President of Laughter in the existing authorities, for example.
Why is it so?
The world has thousands of different institutions, where people can gather to brew negativity, but there is no official place to go, when you’re just feeling happy and wish to share that happiness with others.
The current world order seems to have labeled positive emotions as a personal thing and negative emotions as a public issue.
Today I’m not going to finish my article with a conclusion.
Instead, I’m going to make an early Christmas wish – I wish that some day there would be a state authority in every country, where a person could call or drop by to share a happy thought or a cheerful story. A place, where everyone would be welcome any given time to just express their gratitude towards someone or share a few minutes of laughter, when they feel happy and joyful.
I would very much like to live in a world that has such authorities.
I believe that would be a wonderful world!
So what is happiness?
There are many different theories and sayings about the essence, source and symptoms of happiness.
Some say it’s a mood, some say it should be a goal in life and some think it is some absurd fictional idea that doesn’t exist. (The supporters of the last thought are fortunately decreasing with each day.)
Yes, we have indeed seen and heard many many different approaches to this topic throughout centuries.
As a result of investigating a variety of opinions about happiness over the years, I have now come to my own conclusion about it that rings true to me –
I look at happiness as a favourite background music that we get to choose in order to enrich and embellish our lives.
The comparison with background music feels true to me, because it is something that we choose, then tune into and after that just let it play until we prefer. Once we have chosen the music and pressed play, we don’t have to do anything to keep it playing. The happiness track lasts for a lifetime (and perhaps even beyond), unless we press stop.
Happiness is a matter of free choice and is meant to make your life wonderful. I also believe that happiness feels differently to different people, so be sure to find the background tune that rings true to you.
So to sum it up, my advice on happiness would be – if you wish to be happy, then just switch to the frequency that rings true to you and let the music play. It really is as simple as that.
I hope everyone has a happy new week!🙂
– (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
- Be Happy (mindfulnessandme.org)
- Sleep your way to happiness (time4sleep.co.uk)
- I am actively happy! (affirmagise.wordpress.com)
- Recipe for a happy life (drsbooks.wordpress.com)
- Be Happy. (livingeverydaywonderful.com)
- -from Joyce Meyers (adviceandinspiration.wordpress.com)
- HAPPINESS IS NOT THE SAME AS…Part II (toughmindedoptimism.wordpress.com)
- On Happiness (straykatstrut.wordpress.com)
- Can money really make you happy? Well, yes. But researchers say that there’s a trick to it. Here’s the secret… (nytimes.com)
Another wonderful article on http://www.StealTheseSecretsYet.com by Joel Chue and Chris Cains.
This time they share Mahatma Gandhi’s 10 ideas on how to change the world for the better.