30 Jan Happiness – What is it and how do we get more of it?
At a recent meeting of the World Economic Forum there was a break in the discussion of financial matters as those gathered pondered the question of happiness – what is it and how do we get more of it?
The collected experts ranged from yogis to rabbis, psychologists to cartoonists, politicians and cartoonists and writers.
Some argued that happiness required courage and resilience while others pointed to the importance of knowing and using strengths. Some pronounced love to be most crucial while others referred to the old, wise clichêÑÔ© that happiness is not about getting what you want but wanting what you get. Still others pointed to religion, spirituality and finding the bliss that exists within all of us (if only we looked inside rather than outside for joy). A few unemotionally suggested that happiness was nothing more than a chemical phenomenon!
Who knows who’s right? Maybe none (or all) of them are correct! Does it really matter? Is there one answer that’s the same for everyone?
What do I think? I believe the answer varies from person to person and that as long as we know what happiness means for us, and as long as we do what we can to achieve happiness for ourselves and our loved ones, then the world will indubitably be a better place.
What do you think?