It comes from within
It is not acquired through collection of items
It is a state of satisfaction and acceptance of the past, present and the future
It is a state of tranquility and peacefulness
It is said if you surpass your fears and desires happiness is a stone’s throw away
Is it really just a state of mind?
So If I achieve the above then I have pursued happiness and reached it?
I‘m not a pessimist but I’m not the type of person to accept quotes and sayings that are supposed to be life changing. Books or shows that talk about helping you change your life for the better have no interest to me not because I don’t believe in pursuing happiness but I wonder how other humans have come up with the recipe to it. Doctors, actors, and psychologists that talk endlessly about accepting loss and moving on, living each day on its own (etc.) and some people may find that helpful but I have very little faith in the ability of another human who just like me is limited in thought and knowledge no matter how many degrees he/she can lead me to this road.
HaveI reached it? No, I believe true happiness can’t be attained in this life because there are too many stresses, too many worries, and too many things to be done. Happiness may differ from one person to the next and mine is attaining peace of mind, for one moment not to worry about something, not to plan, and not to face hard things every minute. In this life we may be able to reach moments of happiness as we define it but not a life time of it. According to my belief, true happiness is only accomplished in the afterlife where the constant struggle of life is eliminated if the Mercy of our Creator encompasses us and we enter heaven.
I will not give up on trying to gain moments of happiness but I have no doubt that I will not have a life of it and I accept that heart and soul.